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Google Sites: Using Files from Google Drive

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Files stored in Google Drive, such as Docs, Slides, and PDFs, can be embedded directly into the site or linked. Make sure the file is viewable for visitors by adjusting the sharing permissions in Google Drive, otherwise only you will be able to see them.

Sharing Permissions

Adjust the sharing permissions for any embedded or linked-to item from Google Drive.

To adjust sharing permissions:
  1. Navigate to and ensure you're logged in with your PLU account. 
  2. Locate the desired file and right-click it. A pop-up will appear.
  3. Select "Share."
  4. Click "Copy link" to the bottom-right.
  5. If "Restricted" is displayed under "Get Link," click the drop-down and select either:
    • Pacific Lutheran University: visitors will need to be logged in with their PLU ePass in order to see the file. 
    • Anyone with the link: anyone will be able to access the file with the link.
  6. Proceed to the Embedding or Linking sections below.

Embedding Google Drive Files

To embed a file from Google Drive:
  1. Adjust the sharing permissions of the file in Google Drive.
  2. Navigate to the Insert tab to the right and click “From Drive.”
  3. Locate the desired file and select it. Multiple files can be selected.
  4. Click "Insert" to the bottom-right of the panel.
The file will be embedded as an interactive element into the page. Enter Preview to see an accurate display of the the embedded file.


Linking to a Google Drive File

To link to a file in Google Drive without embedding it:
  1. Adjust the file’s sharing permissions in Google Drive. 
  2. Navigate to the Insert tab to insert a text box, or edit an existing one.
  3. Click the link icon in the editing toolbar above the text box.
  4. Type the name of the file. A pop-up with results will appear.
  5. Select the desired file.
  6. Type the desired link text into the "Text" field. 
  7. Click "Apply."
If the desired file doesn't appear in the search results, right-click the file in Google Drive and select "Get Shareable Link" from the pop-up. Then, follow directions in the Linking section of the Google Sites: Adding Text document.

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Keywords:Google Sites, Google Apps, workshop, Nursing, portfolio, website, Google Drive, embed, guide, web, site   Doc ID:85327
Owner:Misty B.Group:Pacific Lutheran University
Created:2018-08-28 15:38 PDTUpdated:2020-09-25 09:51 PDT
Sites:Pacific Lutheran University
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