How to keep a Google Drive file from being downloaded

 
Disable options to download, print, and copy for commenters and viewers under the 'Advanced' sharing options.  

Disable options to download, print, and copy for commenters and viewers under the 'Advanced' sharing options.  

Disable Download in Google Drive

Sometimes we prefer files not be downloaded. Perhaps we want to ensure the most up to date information is always referenced and don't want people making their own copies.

Thankfully Google has made this pretty easy. 

1. Find the Share button in the upper right of your file. 

 

2. Visit Advanced in the lower right of the 'Share with others' window.  

 
 

3. Before you 'Save changes' review the two checkbox options. You'll see the option to 'Disable options to download, print, and copy for commenters and viewers'. You cannot disable this for editors. 

 

For traditional file formats like PDFs, Word documents and Excel files, you'll also find the option to disable download under the "Information" icon.