Ed Tech Tips with E. Mosier
Make your classroom more Efficient!
Customizing the URL of a Google file
There are many times when you're wanting to share a single document out with a group of people. For most, you would share the link so the audience could View it, then have them go to File >Make a Copy. But, are you aware of the power of the Slash?! No connection to Guns n Roses, but a tiny adjustment to the URL can completely transform your Google file. Adding keywords after a slash allows you to transform a Google file and share it out, download it, or even turn it into a template with ease.
New files without opening Drive
Force Copy a Google Doc
Share a View Only / Preview file
Simply editing a URL can also transfer a file that is editable to a view only file. If you change the word "edit" to "preview," it will automatically bring up a view only file. This is another neat way to share a file that you want to use for observation purposes, without sharing a file with several different email addresses.
Create a Google Doc Template
Another cool feature is that of the Template feature. To do this, remove "edit" at the end of the URL. Then, replace it with "/template/preview." What this does when typed in by the student or audience is, instead of a "Make a Copy" button, it brings up a "Use as Template" option. Think of it as a crossover between the preview option and the make a copy option. This could be really valuable if you're wanting to share a template without typing individual student names or email addresses, or if Google Classroom isn't an option for sharing.