Access levels in Google Drive when Sharing: View, Comment, and Edit

Access levels

Google Drive has several different access levels when you share files, folders, and Google Docs. If you create, sync, or upload a file, you're the owner of that item (unless you've transferred ownership). There are three levels of access for collaborators: Can viewCan comment (Google documents and presentations only), and Can edit.

Owners

  • Edit Google documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and drawings (Google Docs only)

  • Invite more editors, commenters, and viewers

  • Delete files, folders, and Google Docs
  • Remove access for any collaborator
  • Transfer ownership to another person
  • Upload and delete file versions (synced or uploaded files only)
  • Add and remove something from a folder

Editors

  • Edit Google documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and drawings (Google Docs only)
  • Invite or remove other collaborators, if the owner has given editors this permission
  • Download or sync something to another device
  • View the list of other collaborators
  • Make a copy of something to save in Google Drive
  • Upload and delete file versions (synced or uploaded files only)
  • Add and remove items from a folder
Editors can’t permanently delete a file, folder, or Google Doc.

Viewers

  • View files, folders, and Google Docs

  • Download or sync something to another device

  • Make a copy of something to save in Google Drive
Viewers can’t permanently delete a file, folder or Google Doc, nor can they change something’s sharing settings.

Commenters (Google documents and presentations only)

  • Comment on Google documents and presentations

  • View documents and presentations

  • Download or sync the document or presentation to another device
  • Make a copy of a document or presentation to save in Google Drive
Commenters can’t permanently delete a file, folder or Google Doc, nor can they change something’s sharing settings.
Reference: Google - Help - Sharing settings overview
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