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How to make a "Private" instructable without going pro! Answered

Hey just wanted to share how to make a "Private" instructable without going pro! It was too easy to make a instructable so I'm making this forum topic, thanks for reading..... STEP 1: Make your instructable..... STEP 2: Do not publish your instructable..... STEP 3: Just view your instructable (Not published) and get the URL from the address bar of your browser and then you can share it with anyone you like! Hope you enjoyed this! Your Digitally, Amakerguy

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ewilhelm
ewilhelm

11 years ago

You can change the URL of a private Instructable, and if there's enough interest, we'll build some sort of password protected private versions.

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emilyvanleemput
emilyvanleemput

Reply 8 years ago

how can you make an unpublished instructable private?????

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canucksgirl
canucksgirl

Reply 8 years ago

Open your instructable in "edit mode". When you're ready to publish it, click on the "More" option (found to the right of the "edit", "publish" and "share" tabs). You'll see a list of options that open under "More". Select "Private" from the list, and the page will proceed to the publishing step as a Private Instructable. It indicates that you will receive a "special URL" for sharing it (if you choose to). At this point, all you need to do is click the orange "Make my Instructable private!" button.

Let me know if you need any clarification, or have any further questions. ;)

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amakerguy
amakerguy

Reply 11 years ago

I would like the password protected instructables! although this is the very same thing as being pro and doing it, the only option of being pro is changing the URL of the instructable.

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lemonie
lemonie

Reply 11 years ago

Second thought: would the coding be easier if "private to members within this group" was the way it worked? L

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lemonie
lemonie

Reply 11 years ago

Hi, I tested this and found out. However, for no particular reason I had the expectation that one might be able to list other users as having "permission" like on network drives. It would get tedious for a lot of users, but for a handful might be a bit more useful if the code would allow (do not know) L

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lemonie
lemonie

11 years ago

Yes we know about this. However, it's not the same as private (according to Eric) because anyone who knows / finds the URL can view it. L

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amakerguy
amakerguy

Reply 11 years ago

thats the whole point is to share the url with people that you want to see it.

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lemonie
lemonie

Reply 11 years ago

Exactly, I changed it. The one above should work though. L

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lemonie
lemonie

Reply 11 years ago

My understanding of the Private function is that it's somehow more secure / private. But I've never been inclined to try it, yet. L

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 11 years ago

As I understand it, private ibles don't show up on searches, or when you look at an individual's orangeboard. It is possible to search an individual's unpublished projects by manually editing the url, but the same trick cannot access private ibles.

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lemonie
lemonie

Reply 11 years ago

Can you find my unpublished projects? (and how?) L

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 11 years ago

Eric showed me how some time ago (naturally, I can't find it now), and I wouldn't spread it around if I could remember it anyway. It involved editing the url.

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lemonie
lemonie

Reply 11 years ago

No it's a new feature that's different. You could try it? L

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Weissensteinburg
Weissensteinburg

Reply 11 years ago

I know it's different, but the URL part. I thought private just gave you a special URL to give out to friends.

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DJ Radio
DJ Radio

11 years ago

congratz, you beat the system! get a cookie.