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Say I have a folder on my Google Drive, which contains some files. If I share this folder with someone else (either as an editor or as a viewer), it will appear to them by default as an empty folder. They will only see the files I explicitly share with them. Conversely, if I delete someone from the list of collaborators on said folder, they will still have access to every file they could access before.

Of course, when I have to share many folders containing many files and even sub-folders with even one person, this becomes unwieldy.

Is there any way to recursively share a folder and all of its children objects in Google Drive?

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    Are you sure about that? When I share a folder everything under it is shared as well. – ale Dec 23 '13 at 23:21
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    I am 100% sure about that, I've just checked. – Fibonacci Dec 24 '13 at 0:38
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From a comment by Maxim:

Currently (2016.08), if I share a folder with another person, all files inside this folder get shared as well, but not the subfolders. In other words, Google Docs sharing it is not recursive, indeed, (though not in the way @Fibonacci described this).

  • That really sucks :-( Is Google forcing its users to by GSuite Business with Shared drive? – Leos Literak Jun 28 at 10:05

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