How to make Google docs view only

Published February 20, 2022

Unintentional edits are among the most frustrating things you can encounter when working on a typing project. Thanks to the “view-only mode” feature in Google Docs, users can avoid mistakes caused by erroneous keystrokes, inadvertent deletions, and other unexpected alterations. In this post, we are going to look at how we can make Google docs view only.

How to make Google docs view only

There are two scenarios in which you can make your document view only: first, while reading and printing, and second, when sharing. We'll go through how to change your document to the view-only mode in both instances in this article.

View only when reading or printing the Document

If you want to make your document view only while reading it or printing it, just switch to a viewing mode. To do so, just follow the easy procedures outlined below:

Step 1: Click the "editing" drop-down button at the top of your document.

Google doc view only setting


Step 2: On the dropdown menu that appears, select “Viewing”


Doc share view only option


Step 3:  The document will be changed into a viewing format.

View only when sharing the document

You can prevent your readers from editing your documents when you share them. To do so, simply follow the easy steps outlined below:

Step 1: Click on the share button at the top-right position of your document and enter your recipient

Doc share view only option 2


Step 2:  Click on the drop-down box at the right and select  "Viewer" to share your document in view mode.

Doc share view only option

The readers will not be able to edit the shared document.



That’s how you can disable editing on your documents by converting them to view mode only


Tags: Google Docs, Google Docs Page, Docs page size

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