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How to Enable Notifications for Google Docs

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Want to stay updated on the latest changes or comments made in your Google Docs document? Switch your notifications on to do it. This guide explains how.

Do you use Google Docs to collaborate with others? If so, you might want to know when someone makes a change or leaves a comment on your document. That way, you can stay on top of the feedback and revisions without constantly checking your document.

Fortunately, Google Docs has a built-in feature that lets you enable notifications for your shared documents. You can receive an email or a mobile notification whenever someone edits, comments, or resolves a comment on your document. You can also customize the frequency and type of notifications you want to receive.

To enable notifications for Google Docs, follow the steps below.

Why Should You Enable Notifications for Google Docs?

Enabling notifications for Google Docs can help you:

  • Keep track of the changes and comments made by your collaborators
  • Respond quickly and efficiently to feedback and suggestions
  • Avoid missing important updates or deadlines
  • Stay organized and productive with your projects

You can enable notifications in Google Docs on your PC, Mac, Chromebook, or mobile app. Notifications on your desktop will work by email, while mobile notifications will use push notifications to your device directly.

How to Enable Notifications for Google Docs via the Tools Menu

One of the easiest ways to enable notifications for Google Docs is through the Tools menu.

To enable notifications in Google Docs via the Tools menu:

  1. On your PC, Mac, or Chromebook, open a Google Docs document for which you want to receive notifications.
  2. Go to Tools > Notification settings.
    Open notification settings in Google Docs
  3. In the pop-up menu, select when you want to receive notifications. You can choose between:
    • All: Receive an email whenever changes are made, or comments are added or resolved.
    • Comments for you: Receive an email when a user pings you with an @ mention or when a reply is added to a comment that originally involved you (for instance, you started it or you previously replied to it).
    • Added and removed content: Receive an email when the document is edited in any way.
    • None: Don’t receive any email notifications for any changes.
  4. Click OK to save your settings.
    Set notification settings in Google Docs

With these settings now active, you should receive email notifications for changes to your document. You can repeat these steps at any point to remove notifications from your chosen document.

How to Enable Notifications for Google Docs Using Comment History

Another way to enable notifications for Google Docs is by using the comment history panel. This will ensure that when comments are made to your document, you’ll receive a notification.

To enable comment history notifications in Google Docs:

  1. On your PC, Mac, or Chromebook, open a Google Docs document for which you want to receive notifications.
  2. In the top-right corner, click the Open comment history button. It looks like a speech bubble icon with three lines inside it.
    Open Google Docs comment history
  3. In the comment history panel on your screen’s right side, click Notification settings.
    Open Google Docs comment history notification settings
  4. In the pop-up menu, select when you want to receive notifications. You can choose between:
    • All: Receive an email whenever changes are made, or comments are added or resolved.
    • Comments for you: Receive an email when a user pings you with an @ mention or when a reply is added to a comment that originally involved you (for instance, you started it or previously replied to it).
    • Added and removed content: Receive an email when the document is edited in any way.
    • None: Don’t receive any email notifications for any changes.
  5. Click OK to save your settings.
    Set notification settings in Google Docs

You’ll now receive email notifications for comments made in your document according to the preferences you selected above. Repeat these steps to disable notifications at any point.

How to Enable Mobile Notifications for Google Docs

If you prefer receiving mobile notifications instead of emails, you can install and use the Google Drive app on your smartphone or tablet.

To enable notifications in Google Docs on a mobile device:

  1. Download and install the Google Drive app from the Google Play Store (for Android devices) or App Store (for iPhone and iPad devices).
  2. Once the app is installed, open it and sign in with your Google account.
  3. Tap the menu icon (the three horizontal lines icon).
    Open Google Docs mobile menu
  4. Select Settings > Notification settings.
    Open notification settings in Google Docs on mobile
  5. Enable your preferred notification options, depending on the kind of notifications you want to receive. These settings will vary depending on the device you have.
    Set notifications for Google Docs on Android
  6. Save and exit at Google Docs at this point.

With the settings changed, you’ll now receive mobile notifications whenever someone shares a file with you or comments on a document you can access.

Keeping Track of Changes in Google Docs

Enabling notifications for Google Docs can help you collaborate more effectively with others. By keeping you informed of changes and comments made to documents you’re working on together, you can keep a closer eye on your work with others.

Are you just getting started with Google Docs? There’s plenty you’ll need to learn to become a power user.

For instance, if you’re trying to edit a document, you might want to view two pages side-by-side in Google Docs to help you. You can also change your language in Google Docs to work on documents in different languages.

Want to be an editing ninja? You can always work anonymously in Google Docs, adding and making changes without anyone else knowing (if you have the access to do it).

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