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Google allows me to make the file private but I am not sure that making it private has effect.

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    Well, if you log out of your google account then go to the public URL for the folder, can you open the file? – EBGreen Feb 28 '13 at 17:08
  • I have created this question because I can see them. Might be I just failed to exit properly. – Val Feb 28 '13 at 19:08
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I created a public folder. When I attempt to create a new document in that folder, Google Drive tells me:

Do you want to create the element in a shared folder? The created element will have the same sharing settings as the selected folder.

This suggests that I can't have a private document in a shared folder.


But what if I created the document first, then made the folder public?

So I made the folder private again, and created a document in it.

Then I reverted the folder to public. Inspecting the document's sharing settings, it is now Anyone with the link. Then I changed the document's sharing setting to Private.

Opening an incognito window in Chrome, pasting in the link to the document, gives me the Google login form.

I also created a new document in the folder, without altering its sharing settings. This is viewable in the incognito window.

Visiting the folder in the incognito window gives me a list containing only the public document. When logged in, I see both documents.

So yes, it does seem you can have a private document in a public folder. The folder's setting merely acts as a default for documents in that folder with no explicit setting.

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    +1 for reminding that google distracts people suggesting that they cannot have private document in public folder – Val Mar 1 '13 at 15:25
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    +1, take note that you must test the accessibility with another account/browser/incognito. Because the file will still be visible from the 'public folder' if you are logged on. – Pacerier Oct 21 '14 at 10:53

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