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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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Can't add alternate email in Gmail

I spent too much time trying to crack this and finally figured out a solution. This applies if you're in a very specific situation where all of these apply: When you try to add an alternate email to ...
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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 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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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 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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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 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 share a Google Sheets demo spreadsheet

Other than the privacy issues mentioned in the previous answer, the biggest weakness of sharing spreadsheets is that they can be un-shared any time. Any question depending solely or partly on external ...
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Google Drive - "File is in owner's trash" - how to download

If the link looks like https://drive.google.com/file/d/.../view where ... is some long ID. Replace the link by https://drive.google.com/uc?id=... with the same ID instead of ... or https://drive....
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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 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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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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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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Can't add alternate email in Gmail

I don't want to usurp @Ian Greenleaf Young's excellent answer, but I do have a substantially-updated answer below (and I don't have the rep here to post this as a comment)... so here goes...! Updates ...
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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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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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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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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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How to see all files shared to a specific user Google Drive?

On the Google Drive search bar write to:[email protected] where [email protected] is the email address of the user that want to see the files shared with them and that you have access too....
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How can I access to "shared with me" folders?

This is a recent change (from around April 2020). Previously, one was able to add files and folders from "Shared with me" to one's Drive. This made syncing other people's files with one's ...
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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 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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Is it possible to see the owner of a public Google Doc?

Apparently as of March 2023, you can simply find the file in your "Shared with me" page or in "Suggested", right click on it, and there will be an option "Block example@gmail....
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Share Google Sheets Anonymously

If you want to give the permission of viewer and editor to users for the shared spreadsheet, you are required to share the endpoint like https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/### fileId ###/edit?usp=...
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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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Google Sheets sharing based on dynamic list?

The best way to handle sharing files with large and dynamic groups on Google Drive is by using Google Groups, but it's also possible to do the way you are thinking by using Google Apps Script or the ...
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In Google Drive, does 'remove' delete file? It says it's still accessible by collaborators

If the file was removed from a shared folder: If you own the file and you deleted it, the file will be in your Trash. You can search your Trash to find it. Other people will still be able to find the ...
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How to share a Google Sheets demo spreadsheet

The correct way to publicly share a Google test sheet You have 2 options: Share an already existing sheet OR Create a brand new one under your existing or a new account. Please follow the steps: ...
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