I have one google document - which i like to keep as a master copy/template. I want to allow users without any kind of email/account to access this master copy - edit something and save it to doc file or pdf file. Is it possible? Any small script or access setting possible ? Please suggest.

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It is not possible to open or use Google doc without google account. Here is what you can do to protect your master template:

  1. Create a template and share it publicly view only. enter image description here

  2. Grab the url and replace the last path element /edit with /copy. Example: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BKMD8jG5Z6zUds1fonf-Vvt1uA3kAZoS5OCeCZTeFME/copy

  3. When a user opens your new link, he will be presented with the dialog below. If he clicks on Make a copy, a new copy will be created on his Google drive

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  • Thank you for your fast guidance...I have done the same but it is asking for gmail login. see below link which i have generated... Please suggest something for it... docs.google.com/document/d/… Aug 31, 2021 at 9:53

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