Tech Tip: Force Users to Make a Copy of Google Drive Files

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There are several ways to easily have students get their own copy of a Google Drive file you have, including using the built in "Make a Copy" feature in Google Classroom, but we like this trick too! shows you how it's done. Thank you Pam Moeai, Educational Technology Specialist, for sharing this tech tip!

Here are the steps to create a Forced Copy of your Google Drive Files. Visit the website above for more details and a video tutorial.
  1. Keep docs you want students to edit as "Private"
  2. Get the shareable link
  3. Copy the link
  4. Open a new tab
  5. Paste the link into the URL
  6. Replace everything past the last back slash to "copy" (without the quotations)
  7. Hit Enter
  8. You should now see the "force copy" window
  9. Copy that URL
  10. Use that URL to link the students to the doc