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Set an expiration date for file access



When you’re working with people outside of your organization, such as clients or agencies, you might want to restrict their access to certain files when your projects are complete.

For files in My Drive, you can set an expiration date to limit or end access to that file.

Note: This feature is not yet supported for files in shared drives or Google Forms.

Set an expiration date on access to a file""

  1. Open a file in Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets, or Google Slides.
  2. Click Share and then find the user you'd like to give temporary permissions to.
    • If you haven't shared the file with that person yet, add the user's email and click Send or Share. At the top right of the document, click Share again.
  3. Next to the person's name, click the Down arrow Down and then Give temporary access.
  4. Next to "Access expires," click a date to set as the expiration date. Choose a date within one year of the current date.
  5. Click Save.

Note: If you set an expiration date for someone with Editor access, their access changes to Commenter.

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