Sharing permissions for Dropbox Paper docs

Keep your content secure using sharing permissions in Dropbox Paper. The default permissions for your docs depends on your account type. You can set the permissions for your docs to:

  • Private: Only you can access the doc.
  • Can comment: A person with can comment access can view and add comments to your doc, but can't edit. They can't see the doc version history or change the folder the doc is in.
  • Can edit: A person with can edit access can view, comment, and edit a doc. They can see the doc version history, change the folder the doc is in, and archive the doc.

Dropbox personal accounts

When you create a doc, it's private by default.

If you share a link to a doc (such as via email or instant message), the default setting is that people who click the link have can edit access.

Dropbox Business and free team accounts

When you create a doc, it's private by default.

If you share a link to a doc (such as via email or instant message), the default setting is that people who click the link have can edit access. Any member of your team can edit the doc if they have a link to it or it is filed in a company-visible folder.

Dropbox Business admin controls

Dropbox Business team admins can set the default share permissions for the team. Admins can:

  • Decide if team members can share Paper docs outside of the team
  • Decide if links to Paper docs can be shared outside of the team

If you're a team admin, learn how to adjust these settings for your team.

Change sharing settings

You can change the sharing settings on a doc in a few ways:

  • When you share a doc with specific people (by providing their name or email address), you decide if people can comment or can edit.
  • You can restrict a link to a doc to only people invited: only people whose email addresses are explicitly added to the doc can access it. Even if a user has the link to your doc, they must be using an email that was explicitly invited to the doc.
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