November 30, 2023

Have you ever ever pulled up one in every of your information and realized a coworker made a bunch of edits with out working it by you first? Google is trying to lastly put an finish to that nonsense.

Up till now, so long as a coworker had modifying entry to a doc, they may pull it up and make the entire edits they wished, even in case you, because the file proprietor, didn’t need them to. The one strategy to forestall them from doing so could be to alter the entire permission ranges of anybody with entry or to maneuver the file right into a folder that nobody had entry to — resembling your private folder.

Google is now supplying you with one other strategy to shut everybody down when they’re making an attempt to invade your paperwork and wreck the entire work you probably did creating the proper slideshow. In a weblog submit, the corporate introduced an replace to Google Workspace that may now allow house owners of a doc to lock it, disabling anybody else who has entry to the doc from modifying, commenting, or making solutions on it.

We’re including the choice to lock Drive information by right-clicking the file, choosing “File info”, and clicking “Lock”. Locking a file makes positive reviewers can’t change a file. Edits, feedback and solutions can’t be added to locked paperwork. 

This replace simplifies and streamlines the method of proscribing information in Drive, which was beforehand solely accessible by means of the Google Drive API or by means of file approvals. 

It is a actually helpful characteristic, particularly for product and documentation groups. There are many cases the place the contents of a doc must be locked in place and the place nobody must be allowed to make any edits, so it’s good to see this characteristic making its strategy to Workspace. I’ll personally be utilizing this characteristic fairly a bit with the work that I do.

Google says that this characteristic will begin to roll out to its Workspace prospects over the course of this month, so maintain a watch out for when it reveals up as an choice for you. As the corporate rolls out this replace for Google Drive, a current rumor additionally means that it is usually testing some shade pallette updates for Google Maps that look an terrible lot like Apple Maps.