I have a link to somebody else GD document. I would like to copy/import it to my GD so for example, if that person deletes the file I would have a "local" copy.

I can copy&paste entire document, but I would like to know if there is a way to actually import the file, so I could be sure the content was not altered by mistake.

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  1. Open the document
  2. Go the File menu and select Make a copy...
  3. Give the document a new name
    • You can optionally share it with the same people as the original
    • Comments are not copied
  4. Click "OK"

If you only have a link, because the author use the "Publish to the web..." tool, simply follow the link beneath the document to Google Drive, log in (if necessary), and you'll see the document in the list of your documents. You can then use the steps above.

If you can't or won't log in to Google Drive, then your option is to copy and paste.

  • Thank you, in source document there is document itself with header and footer bars -- header contains document title, while footer contains link do GD and link for reporting GD abuse. In any of those "sections" there is no menu. Jun 25, 2013 at 14:12
  • And when you follow the link to Google Drive is your document there? My answer assumes that the document is shared. What you're describing seems to be something else.
    – ale
    Jun 25, 2013 at 14:15
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    I see. Someone has used the "Publish to the web..." option. If you follow the link to Google Drive from that, it should open Google Drive and you'll see the document there. Then you can follow the steps above.
    – ale
    Jun 25, 2013 at 14:20
  • Thank you again. The link in the footer bar is directing to general GD, so what I see after clicking it is my GD, with my files, etc. And I don't have in my GD any File menu. All I see is Create/Upload button, list of my files, filters (shared by me, shared by someone else, etc), and settings. Jun 25, 2013 at 18:41
  • You need to open the document from within Google Drive. Because you followed the link it should be there in your list of documents.
    – ale
    Jun 25, 2013 at 18:43

Copy the key from the public doc's URL, open one of your own docs and replace the key with the key you copied from the public doc.

  • Could you expand on your answer a little - which "key", and how to "replace" it? Jul 29, 2015 at 11:37

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