No, when you share a folder in Google Drive with someone, they cannot see your other folders by default. The shared folder and its contents will be the only items visible to the person you’ve shared it with.
Google Drive’s sharing system operates on a “specific access” basis. This means that you have control over which folders and files are shared with others. Sharing a folder does not automatically grant access to other folders in your Google Drive account.
However, please note that if you explicitly share additional folders with someone or grant them access to your entire Google Drive, they will be able to see and access those folders as well. So, it’s important to review the sharing settings and permissions for each folder to ensure that you’re only sharing what you intend to share.
How to Check Who View or Edit Your Files on Google Drive?
To check who has viewed or edited your files on Google Drive, you can follow these steps:
Open Google Drive: Go to drive.google.com and sign in to your Google account if you haven’t already.
Navigate to the file or folder: Locate the specific file or folder you want to check.
Right-click on the file or folder: Click with the right mouse button (or two-finger tap on a trackpad) on the file or folder you want to check to open the context menu.
Select “View details”: In the context menu, choose “View details” or “Activity” (the exact wording may vary depending on the Google Drive interface).
Review the activity log: A new panel or tab will open, displaying the activity log for the selected file or folder. Here you can see a list of actions, such as views, edits, comments, and shares, along with the corresponding dates and the names or email addresses of the users who performed those actions.
Customize the view: You can use the filter options or search bar within the activity log to narrow down the results based on specific dates, actions, or users.
Note that the activity log only shows information related to the file or folder you’ve selected. It won’t display the activity log for all files in your Google Drive account.
By monitoring the activity log, you can track who has accessed and made changes to your files in Google Drive, providing you with insights into the file’s history and collaboration.
How to copy “Shared with me” files from one Google Drive to another
To copy “Shared with me” files from one Google Drive to another, you can follow these steps:
Open the destination Google Drive:
Sign in to the Google account that has the destination Google Drive where you want to copy the files.
Create a new folder (optional):
If you want to organize the copied files in a specific folder, create a new folder in the destination Google Drive. This step is optional but can help keep things organized.
Open “Shared with me” in the source Google Drive:
Switch to the Google account that has access to the source Google Drive where the files are shared with you.
Locate the files:
Open the “Shared with me” section in the source Google Drive. Here, you’ll see a list of files and folders that have been shared with you.
Select the files to copy:
Click on the checkbox next to each file you want to copy. You can select multiple files by holding down the Ctrl (or Command) key and clicking on each file.
Right-click and choose “Make a copy”:
Right-click on one of the selected files, then choose the “Make a copy” option from the context menu. This action will create a copy of the selected file(s).
Move the copied files to the destination Google Drive:
Once the copies are created, you can navigate to the destination Google Drive or the folder you created earlier. Drag and drop the copied files from the source Google Drive to the destination Google Drive or the specific folder within it.
The selected files will now be copied from the “Shared with me” section of the source Google Drive to the destination Google Drive.