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Embed a Google document in Sakai

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This article explains how to upload, share and embed a Google document in a Sakai lesson. Embedding a document in Sakai allows an instructor to disable downloading and printing of course documents.


A Google account is required to use Google Drive. Create an account at

Upload the document to Google Drive

  1. Log in to Google Drive with your Google username and password at
  2. Upload your document to Google Drive
  3. Right click your document and click Share
  4. Choose the option that Anyone with the link can view
  5. Click Advanced
  6. Check the box to Disable options to download, print, and copy for commenters and viewers
  7. Save your changes
  8. Copy the shareable link and open it in a new browser window
  9. Click the three vertical dots at the top right and click Embed item
  10. Copy the HTML code in the window that appears

Create a Lesson in Sakai

  1. Log in to Sakai with your St. Lawrence email address and password at
  2. Click Site Info
  3. Click Edit Tools
  4. Check the box for Lesson
  5. Click Continue
  6. Title your lesson and click Continue
  7. Click Finish

Embed the document in Sakai

  1. From the newly created lesson, click Add content
  2. Click Embed content on page
  3. Paste the code you copied from step 10 above
  4. Click Save to preview the document
  5. Click Save