Force users to make a copy of a document

I share a lot of documents with people. Either teachers I work with in my district or educators I talk to at conferences. I also share a lot of resources on my district training site. One thing I've started doing recently is forcing people to make a copy of a document, so they automatically get a copy of the resources or HyperDoc saved into their Google Drive folder. Here is how you do that"

1. Make the document available so anyone with the link can view.
2. Copy the share link

3. Open a new tab in Chrome and paste the copied link in the address bar
4. At the end of the URL, delete everything up to the backslash ( / )
5. Type the word "copy" after the / 
6. Copy the new link (or shorten it) and share the link on your site, blog, presentation, via email.
7. When someone clicks on the new link they will be forced click the "Make a copy" button to access the file and that copy will be saved to their Google Drive folder. 

8. Note: New copies of the original are being made, so those people with copies will not see changes on the original. If it is important to you for people to see the changes then don't force them to make a copy.


There is a new Chrome extension called "GAFE Force Copy - Curt Schleibaum & ETH (EdTech Heroes Force a Copy)". This extension will set do the steps listed above for you!

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