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How to copy a shared folder into my own Google Drive?

You can get all your data copy to your drive by using Google Colab. Just follow the simple steps to get that. On your drive, create a shortcut to the shared folder Open https://colab.research.google....
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How can I see who has access to my Google Drive folders?

I know this answer is a bit late, but there is a new solution to this problem. Check out https://whohasaccess.com to uncover all the people that access your shared files and folders. Disclaimer: I'm ...
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Why are my edits and presence anonymous in Google document when I'm signed in?

It's probably because you weren't invited individually to the file: If you share your file with a link, you may not see the names of people who view it. People you didn’t invite ...
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How do I share a Google Sheet with 'read only' permissions?

When you pull up the share menu - click the little drop down an choose "view" ALso if you want to disable copying and downloading, click on "advanced" on the bottom right and check the 2 boxes at the ...
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How to copy a shared folder into my own Google Drive?

Sounds like you want a deep copy without any previous reference to the original folders & documents. Under these circumstances: Download the folder. Extract content Upload to your drive.
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How to copy a shared folder into my own Google Drive?

Inspired by Hamza Safdar's answer, I created an end-to-end Colab for those who are not familiar with Python and Colab at here. Screenshot: In case people can not access the Colab above, I also add ...
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IMPORTRANGE() will not update unless deleted and re-pasted

This was an issue with the sharing settings on the sheets. It looks like a sheet that is set to Specific People in the sharing settings cannot be automatically imported into a second sheet. If you ...
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How to view orphans in Google Drive

https://support.google.com/a/answer/6008339?hl=en states that a search in Drive for is:unorganized owner:me returns orphaned items that you own. Note that it returns the top-level folder if a folder ...
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Do a user's access permissions to a document change if they are removed from the Google Group?

I tested the following using 2 unique Gmail accounts: User Alice created a Google Group and invited User Bob to join. Alice created a Google Doc and wrote text. Alice shared the Google Doc with the ...
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How to save shared files by Google Drive links in my account

Click 'Shared with Me' on the left side of the Google Drive web interface Right click the file/folder you would like to keep. After this there are two options: Click 'Make a copy', which will locate ...
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How can I see who has access to my Google Drive folders?

I was trying to find every file that had owners that were not myself as well, it was driving me crazy. Somehow there were a good amount of files and folders in there that I never remember having added ...
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Why can't new group members see a folder that I have shared with the group?

I had the very same problem. This worked for me: I am admin of groups A and B of google accounts. Groups have some privileges on some folders. I add Bob to group B. Bob gains all privileges that group ...
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IMPORTRANGE() will not update unless deleted and re-pasted

It's not about the way you shared; it's about the locale that you use for each spreadsheet. Go to File -> Spreadsheet Setting -> and make sure you have same Locale and Time zone for both Google ...
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Moved files from shared folder and they disappeared

After a few harrowing minutes, I managed to solve this problem. I'll preserve the thread in case anyone else screws themselves in such a manner. Using the drive which created the file, click on the ...
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How can I hide my name on a shared Google Doc?

It's not possible to hide the owner name on shared documents. It could be found either on the Google Documents UI or on Google Drive. The alternative is to use an account that doesn't include your ...
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How to copy a shared folder into my own Google Drive?

Create a new Google Colaboratory Notebook Mount your Google Drive:- from google.colab import drive drive.mount('/content/gdrive') Copy via shell:- !cp -r '/gdrive/MyDrive/src/.' '/gdrive/MyDrive/dest'...
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How to view orphans in Google Drive

EDIT: Some parts of this answer are now obsolete as Find your files - Drive Help was updated recently. This was noted thanks to the answer by Dean Ransevycz At this time Google Drive doesn't include ...
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IMPORTRANGE() will not update unless deleted and re-pasted

I just ran into this same issue...we've never had an issue with importrange working across MANY sheets which are selectively shared, but today it randomly stopped working. I ran upon this article in ...
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Moved files from shared folder and they disappeared

Your files are orphaned. In the Drive search field, type: is:unorganized owner:me Or click the magic blue button on this support page.
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How can I transfer ownership of a file in Google Drive that isn't part of Docs?

There doesn't seem to be a way to do this, but I have found a workaround. Let's say A wants to transfer ownership of a file to B. A shares the file with B. B logs in, and makes a copy of the file by ...
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Shared folder can't be "added to My Drive"

You can add just a shortcut (from 3/2020). There is a workaround: you can use the keyboard shortcut Shift+Z and old the feature appears. You can add the shared folder to your Drive (works also in ...
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What does it mean to delete a file that's "shared with me" in Google Drive?

Files that are shared with you on Google Drive first appear in the "Shared with me" section. From there, if you wish, you can organize it into folders in your own drive. When you remove a shared file, ...
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Why can't new group members see a folder that I have shared with the group?

I just spent an hour with Google support on this issue. Their solution: once you have added your new user(s), conduct a search from your group email address. Select all item then un-assign the group ...
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How can I see who has access to my Google Drive folders?

In the search bar at the top, enter owner:me When all your files have loaded, click on Ctrl+A to select all the files Right-click on any of the files and select Share to pop up a list of all the ...
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How do I reset permissions for Google Drive documents in all subfolders?

If I need to reset folder permissions, I rename the folder (Finance → Finance_1), make new folder with the old name (Finance), and "move" all sub-folders to the new folder. With this move, you ...
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How do I reset permissions for Google Drive documents in all subfolders?

I installed Vidar’s script and works very well for files, but wouldn't reset permissions on folders. So, I changed a little bit the code to make the folders also inherite the permissions from their ...
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Google Sheets sharing setting, "Specific people can access" but can't see each other

I already mentioned this on a recent question When sharing folders on Google Drive do users know who else the folder is shared with Users that are explictely included on the sharing settings could ...
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How to publish a PDF file stored in Google Drive on a Google Sites?

go to your Drive - https://drive.google.com/drive/my-drive locate that PDF file right-click it and select Share click on Advanced click on Change... select one of the On - ... options under Access: ...
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