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Sandy McVey

When will Google Docs NOTIFICATIONS be enabled?

Please enable Google Docs Notifications, a valuable but currently unavailable feature. This feature is already part of the Google Form result spreadsheet which is why end-users have been asking for what seems a very reasonable addition to Docs over the past 6 years. 

It seems previous threads on this topics have been closed. I'd like to express that the feature request is still valid and have submitted a feedback ticket with the following detail:

Please enable an optional self-selected NOTIFICATION feature in Docs to alert individuals when EDITS are made, by select parties or anonymously if anyone with the link can edit/comment, on shared documents. This would be very helpful to project managers of collaborative working groups and teachers who use draft docs as a basis of final iterations. Thank you ~ Sandy

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Hi Sandy,

Thank you for sharing your idea to the Google Docs Community!

We value your feedback so please do not hesitate to give your requests to our developers.  The product team reviews this feedback regularly and uses it to better improve the product over time. The more feedback given about a feature, the more likely that feature will be implemented.


Marlee Goff
Marlee Goff
If you share a document with someone and allow them to "Edit", just tell them to change the settings on the top right drop down box from "Editing" mode to "Suggesting" mode. This will send emails with every "suggestion" made.
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Jo S.
Hi, Marlee. Many users don't want their collaborators to have to use "Suggesting" mode. They want them to be able to make changes directly to their documents but be notified of those changes. "Suggesting" mode isn't what the users you've responded to are inquiring about, as otherwise they could just change the collaborator's permission to "Comment" (which would force them into "Suggesting" mode).

Petrina Eck
Petrina Eck
I've been wanting google doc notifications too, and I think I may have just found it! Although, you have to change the settings for each doc individually.

Go to your shared doc > 'Add-ons' > 'Get add-ons' > search 'Notifications' > add the free 'ezNotifications for Docs' > 'Add-ons' > 'ezNotifications for Docs' >  'Setup notifications' > change the settings according to how you like it!

I hope this works for you!
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Jo S.
Thanks for the heads-up about this add-on, Petrina. It's brand new, so I'm curious what users' feedback will be about it. If you've tried it, please let us know what you think of it!



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