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How to Sign in, Open and Share content in SharingTree

SharingTree makes sharing and collaborating on G Suite files simple. In this article, we will show you how to sign-in, open, and share all in under five minutes. You can browse all Leaves, Groups, and blog articles without signing in, but when you try to open or share content, you will encounter a pop-up to “Sign in with Google“.

Signing Into SharingTree

Pop-up windows for SharingTree

Google requires SharingTree to ask permission to See, edit, create, and delete all of your Google Drive files. This permission request needs an explanation. We do need to see and create files in your Google Drive, but we do not use the ability to edit or delete any files. Unfortunately, Google bundles all these permissions. This leaves you with two options to use our service. Option one is to click the “Allow” button. The other option, is to use a secondary Gmail account that only connects to services like ours and then click the “Allow” button. Once the files are in your secondary Google Drive account, you can easily share them with your primary account.

to SharingTree

After signing in, your Google account icon appears in the top right and you will be auto-logged in unless you sign out.

Adding Content to your Google Drive

To add any content on our site to your Google Drive (Leaves or Groups), press the “Open” or “Purchase” button depending on if the content is free or not.

Opening a Leaf in SharingTree

G Suite files open ready to edit and other files can be downloaded or organized in your Google Drive using the three dots (⋮) menu option.

Other files types show up in “My Drive” and can be Downloaded or Organized

The process of Opening a Group is similar except the files open in a Google Drive folder. On a Mobile Device, you will need the Google Drive app to view this folder.

Opening a Group in SharingTree

Sharing Content

Another option when you sign-in is the ability to quickly share any content in your Google Drive or Device using “Add a Leaf“. We call shared files Leaves.  

“Adding a Leaf” to publish content in SharingTree

These are our core service in a nutshell. We allow you to share content using our Collaborative or Creative Commons Licenses to allow others to “remix” or collaborate with you. We hope you join our community and start sharing today!

  Author: Dave Fogliatti
  Published on:  04/13/2020