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What happens when 2 users go to access the same file at the same time?

What happens in a Google Shared drive when 2 people access the same file at once? Does it lock it and prompt the other user? Do they just both edit and overwrite each other? Can't seem to find a straight answer in the pit of google help information


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Scott Fell

8/22/2022 - Mon
Scott Fell

If you are editing a Google document or Google sheet, you can actually view each others edits live.

If you are using MS Excel and your partner is. The moment you hit save it will begin syncing. If your partner hits save at about the same time, whoever was last will be overwritten. At times you may get a sync error, but I think this is not something that would happen very often.
Ralph Gould

No other options? seems weird that it just happens like that. Was curious as a client wants to go to the cloud but these small things are always the issue. I agree it may not happen often but it's still a problem. I'm not trying to sync as much as use the shared drive with desktop app as their file server. more graphic editing programs then spreadsheets. Architecture stuff. 
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Scott Fell

There is a benefit to using Google Drive as a sync (same as OneDrive or Dropbox) and that is you have version history that you can go back to if you made an oops that you can't get to locally. https://support.google.com/a/users/answer/9308971?hl=en

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