What’s changing 

In Google Docs, you can now choose to receive email notifications for document changes on a per-file basis. Edit notification emails detail what changes were made, when the changes were made, and who made them. 

You can configure these notifications in multiple places:

  • Gmail 
  • In Docs via the Notification settings dropdown (bell icon) or Tools > Notification settings

Why you’d use it

Staying on top of relevant changes and comments across multiple documents can be difficult. By giving you the option to specify which comments and changes to be notified about, you can more easily stay on top of what needs your attention most and keep track of collaboration. You can configure these settings from Gmail using the new “Notification settings” dropdown:

They’re also accessible within Docs in the “Notification settings” dropdown (bell icon). This will open a dialogue box with the notification settings options, which you can adjust as needed. Please note that edit notifications are off by default and can be enabled on a per-document basis. When enabled, you will be notified when anyone adds or removes content from the document.

You can also access these settings in Tools > Notification settings.

Rollout pace

  • Gradual rollout (up to 15 days for feature visibility) starting on July 19, 2022