I left a project with a massive Google Drive shared folder. For a number of reasons, namely that I don't want all of those files indexed when I search my personal Drive files, I want to un-share the folder with myself.

How is that done without deleting the folder for everyone else?

My progress so far is that I recognized if I deleted the folder with my previous permissions I might delete it or at least move it to Trash for all of the collaborators. Thus, I tried to remove it by opening the "share with" menu and removing my privileges. The result is that I'm no longer in the list of editors but the folder is still in my filesystem and it is still indexed in my searches.

Update: I just clicked the Remove button. The folder disappeared from the main view but I still see other users' activity on those files in my Activity pane and the files remain in search results.

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    Are you the owner of the folder? – ale Sep 16 '14 at 15:40
  • No. Definitely not anymore since I removed my previous permissions. – Joseph Hansen Sep 16 '14 at 16:57

This worked for me.

  1. Go to https://drive.google.com/drive/shared-with-me
  2. Find the folder shared with you
  3. Right click the folder
  4. Click Remove

I was just able to do this, successfully it seems.

Right click the folder to change share options. First, I changed the ownership of the file to someone else on the share, someone who previously was an editor. I saved that change, and that made me into an editor.

Next I edited the share options again and removed myself completely.

I did not have to delete the file so I am sure that it still exists for my partners, simply that I no longer have access to it and it is no longer clogging up my G-Drive.

Here's more about transferring file ownership: https://support.google.com/drive/answer/2494892?hl=en

And more about the solution of removing yourself as an editor: https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/drive/jFHYjP1WRRw


Just drag it physically to bin file.

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    Can you expand on this a bit? It's quite vague at present. – jonsca Apr 4 '17 at 1:23
  • why a negative vote to this one? I actually WAS able to drag it and move to trash... and yes this trick works... :) – Shezi Jan 30 '19 at 17:50

At this time it's not possible for users to remove themselves from the file or folder shared with them, but users could remove the file or folder from the "My Drive"

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