Set the document share settings to anyone with a link or public.    Both links makes the document visible to the public, but setting it to "anyone with a link" will hide it from search bots.

There is an ongoing issue where some documents published publicly will still ask for a google username (anyone will work).   I personally have not been able to track down why it happens, but have come across it occasionally.  

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On Fri, Apr 5, 2013 at 9:30 AM, Diane Stacy <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

On this page:

Google says:

"presentations published to the web

When you publish a Google document, presentation, or spreadsheet to the web, anyone who has the URL to your publication can view it no matter what visibility option you’ve chosen – private, anyone with the link, or public."

In our experience so far, this does not seem to be true--it asks for a login every time...

Farther down the page they describe the exact situation we have, but it does not work the way they say it will:

Google says: "You’re working on an event flyer in Google Docs that’s set to the “private” visibility option and shared only with a small committee of people. Just before the event, you publish your document to the web and post a link to your now published flyer on a variety of websites. Anyone who comes across the link can visit the published web version"

From your experience, what visibility options do I need to set and what administrative settings do I have to have on "DRIVE" for the domain to be able to "publish" a google spreadsheet to the web and put the url of that published doc on a public google site and have it display for anyone viewing the site without having to log in?  The public site works fine without the document.



Diane Stacy
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