How to Get View-Only Files From Google Drive

How to Get View-Only Files From Google Drive

Hey there! Want to learn how to download those view-only files from Google Drive? I’ve got you covered! Let me walk you through the steps, so you can access and save those files hassle-free.

First things first, let’s open up Google Drive on your computer. Once you’re in, find the view-only file you want to download. Now, here comes the tricky part. You know that frustrating feeling when you can’t make changes or save a copy of a file? Well, don’t worry, I’ve got a little trick up my sleeve to handle this!

To gain control over the file, we need to make a copy of it. Right-click on the file and select “Make a Copy” from the options that pop up. This way, you’ll have your very own version that you can actually download and edit.

Once you’ve made the copy, you’ll see it appear in your Google Drive. Great! Now, right-click on the new file and select “Download” from the menu. Choose the folder on your computer where you want to save the file, and hit the “Save” button.

And there you have it! You’ve successfully obtained and downloaded a view-only file from Google Drive. Now you can access and edit it to your heart’s content. How awesome is that?

Keep in mind that the file you downloaded is separate from the original view-only file, so any changes you make won’t affect the original. It’s like having your own personal version to work with.

Now you can enjoy the freedom to download and edit view-only files on Google Drive. No more limitations! So go ahead, explore and make those files your own.

I hope this guide has been helpful to you. If you have any other questions or need further assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out. Happy downloading!

How to Download View-Only Files From Google Drive

Saving files in Google Drive is one of the best ways to store important data. It’s easy to share your entire Google Drive with others, but sometimes you may come across a view-only file that you need to download. Thankfully, there are workarounds you can try to download view-only files in Google Drive. Let me guide you through them.

How to Download View-Only Docs From Google Drive

You can easily download View-only documents from Google Drive even if you don’t have edit access. The process is the same as downloading a standard file.

  1. Open the file that you want to download from Google Drive.
  2. Click the File option in the menu bar.
    Google Docs File option
  3. Select Download from the drop-down menu.
    Google Doc Download option
  4. Choose the format you want to save the file in, such as PDF or word format.
    Google Doc format options
  5. Click the Save button.
    File Save button

Once downloaded, you can easily edit the file and save the changes as needed. Just remember that any changes you make won’t be reflected in the original Google Docs file. They will only apply to the document you downloaded and saved on your PC. However, if the file owner transfers ownership to you in Google Drive, you will be able to edit the original file.

How to Download View-Only Locked PDFs From Google Drive

Downloading a locked PDF from Google Drive is a bit more complicated. The download option is not available in these cases, so you’ll need to use a workaround.

  1. Open the PDF file you want to save from Google Drive.
  2. Let the file load and then scroll to the bottom of the file. For example, if the file has 200 pages, scroll to the end of page number 200.
    Locked PDF
  3. Access the Developer Console. For Google Chrome, press Ctrl + Shift + C on Windows or Cmd + Shift + C on Mac.
  4. Click the Console tab at the bottom.
    Google Drive Locked PDF Console Tab
  5. Paste the code below and press Enter/Return.
    Google Drive Locked PDF downloaded


let jspdf = document.createElement(“script”);

jspdf.onload = function ()

let pdf = new jsPDF();

let elements = document.getElementsByTagName(“img”);

for (let i in elements)

let img = elements[i];

console.log(“add img “, img);

if (!/^blob:/.test(img.src))

console.log(“invalid src”);



let can = document.createElement(‘canvas’);

let con = can.getContext(“2d”);

can.width = img.width;

can.height = img.height;

con.drawImage(img, 0, 0, img.width, img.height);

let imgData = can.toDataURL(“image/jpeg”, 1.0);

pdf.addImage(imgData, ‘JPEG’, 0, 0);




jspdf.src = ‘’;


That’s it! The PDF should start downloading to your device.

Save Restricted Files From Google Drive

Now you know how to download restricted and locked files from Google Drive to your device. If you’ve recently switched to Google’s cloud storage service, here’s how you can transfer your OneDrive files to Google Drive.


Q. Can someone download a file from Google Drive if it’s set to view-only?

A. Yes, with the view-only option, others can check the file without being able to make additional edits or contributions. However, they can still download, print, or make a copy of the file and edit the document.

Q. How do I download a video from Google Drive if it’s view-only?

A. To download a video from Google Drive, click on the three-dot menu icon in the top-right corner and select the Download option from the list. Choose the location where you want to store the media and click the Save/Download button.

Q. How can I access restricted files on Google Drive?

A. You can open almost any file shared on Google Drive as long as you have at least view-only access. However, you won’t be able to make changes to the file.

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