Preview-only links prevent recipients from downloading a file, printing it, or copy/pasting its contents. This makes them a great option for sharing content when you need to tightly control what your recipients can do with it.
Creating a Preview-Only Link
Users can find the new setting to restrict downloads for a link by clicking “Change Link Options” after opening the sharing dialog.
Select “No” under the dropdown labeled “Allow Downloads”? to make a link preview-only.
Note that users will only see the option to restrict downloads for file links; this setting is unavailable for folder links.
Before emailing or copying the link, you can adjust other options and determine who will be able to access it.
Keep these details in mind when creating a preview-only link:
- With the exception of audio, video, and google files (e.g. Docs, Sheets, etc), you can create a preview-only link for any file that is previewable in the Web UI. This includes Office files (e.g. Word, Excel, PPT), PDFs, images, OpenOffice files, source code, and many other formats.
- If you or your recipients access a preview-only link immediately after it is generated, you may see a message that the link is still being prepared. Just wait a few minutes if this happens and then refresh the page — your content should be ready.
- Preview-only links are subject to the same file size limitations as other previews in the Web UI.
Viewing a Preview-Only Link
When viewing a preview-only link, your recipients will be able to rotate the preview, zoom in or out, or jump to any page in the document.
Note that preview-only links will also work from a mobile browser. Link recipients can do things such as pinch to zoom and swipe to view the next page of the document.
These options ensure that recipients of preview-only links can browse the shared content efficiently even though they cannot download it.