So let’s get into those devilish details. While Google makes it easy for you to share documents, it’s not quite so easy for people outside your domain to access the document, unless they have a Google account. When you share a document with a user outside your domain, they are greeted with a logon screen. The first time they access the document, they need to create a logon ID and password in order to access the document or folder.
If you plan to share more than one document with a recipient; or if you need to have a place for the recipient to upload documents for you or your project team, I recommend that you create a folder on your Google Drive, and share the folder. That way, anytime you need to share another document, you simply save it to that folder. In addition, a shared folder provides a place where this individual can upload documents they need to share with you or your team.
A better way to share documents with recipients outside of your Google Apps domain is to setup a Google Site for your project. This sounds like a major ordeal, but in fact, you can create and share a document library Google Site in 10 clicks (I counted). Here’s how:
- Click on Sites
- Click on Create
- Give the site a name
- Click Create (again)
- Click on “More”
- Click on “Change Page Template”
- Click on “File Cabinet” from page template list.
- Click “Change”
- Click “Share”
- Then enter the email address of the person you want to share the library with.
- Default is “Can Edit” if you wish to change that to “Can View” there’s another click.
- Click on “Share and Save” and you’re voila!
Your site is created and a link to it has been sent to the person with which you wish to share files. There are user-friendly buttons for uploading files, and adding links; and it is branded for your organization.