Prevent shared files from being downloaded
I think it would be great if there was some setting to turn download's of a shared file or folder ON\OFF... what I mean is suppose I want to share a File\Folder with someone, I would only want them to be able to view\edit it online and not be able to download it onto their computer.. to take this idea further, it could also be helpful if you could prevent copying content from shared files... the download permission could probably be visible once a user decides to share a particular file with someone
Earlier this year, across the various options of sharing links, we introduced the capability of “block download” enabling you to keep your content in the cloud by not allowing users to download Office files. This capability helps you avoid out of date copies and maintain access control. Today, we are glad to announce that shortly, you will be able to apply the same functionality to images, 3D, PDF files and more.
Long time waiting for this feature...using google drive cuze of this...
google drive has already has this function and work perfect, you can simply turn down the download permission and there is no way to download the file at all
so why microsoft didn't do it!!!!!
Same issue...how to prevent users from downloading embedded files.Seems like Microsoft needs more Suggestions to initiate the fix. Just 80 comments is not enough.Till then keep using Google Drive.
I would like the same feature...to be able to have someone edit and even print, but not download or copy a worksheet.
Hassan EL Bahi commented
I hope you add this feature soon, so that the owner can choose whether to allow downloading the document or not.
I need it badly for my website.
Diego Marquez commented
This is a huge limitation .. without this option there's no option to minimize data leak, dowload a copy of a file in BYOD computer will put DLP and IRM rules in danger mode.
The same opinion here, or anyway for disable download for specific file?
Ian Barnett commented
I use linked Google sheets for exactly this functionality
Johnny Pierre commented
This one is a no brainier. MS should have implemented this yesterday. This is definitely needed for enterprise.
john pye commented
I would like to endorse that suggestion as we, a physio practice, wish to allow our patients to view our exercise leaflets but to avoid others from hi-jacking them for their own commercial use, wish to prevent their download or printing/saving to PDF.
yzh poi commented
Please please please just do it
L. C. Chong commented
Douglas Pearce, no need to think about it. Please just do it. Thanks.
6 months is a long time to be thinking about something this basic to the protection of copyright.
This is a show stopper for me, if something is not done soon. Until then I will hold off uploading documents I am not prepared to allow being downloaded by others. That is almost everything!!!
Bryce Tsuyuki commented
Please add this feature, it is disappointing to not have this feature. As a recent convert from Google Drive it is imperative that this feature be added. The lack of this feature may well send me back to Google as it is imperative that access to my files be controlled in the correct manner.
Alexandre A. commented
One feature of Google Drive sharing control prevents download of the shared file.
Allow others can only view a shared PDF file but can’t print or do your download, it’s very useful in some situations.
Please MS, implement this feature!
This is really saddening, microsoft is failing to deploy such a critical feature of document security... :( docs . com can only give visibility, but no interactivity at all, with one drive, there's interactivity, BUT THE CORE FILE CAN BE DOWNLOADED BY ANYONE AND EVERYONE...and there's still no solution for that...really tragic!! :( :(
A B Quadri (India) commented
I have many excel spreadsheets for Engineering (mostly without macros) which I want the users with whom I share on OneDrive to be 1) only able to run it (ie entering data in unlocked cells and pressing the command run button to get results on the spreadsheet itself) on my OneDRive and view the results online and 2) should be able to print the sheet on his computer. in a pdf format or download the pdf file ---- This way I think my sheets will be secure and I will still have the Ownership rights --
MS DOCs is for just displaying documents:
I was able to easily implement it with EOL + ADFS, but do not seem to find something similar for ODFB. Where I can get an offitial response from is not implemented yet for ODFB so I can forward to my client ?
Alfredo Rb commented
I was looking to do exactly this but apparently it's not possible. My company needs to be able to share some workbooks to clients so that they can generate quotes to their clients. The problem is that if one of our clients goes rogue, we don't want them to have access anymore, which they will have if they downloaded it.