Google Docs gets the ability to filter comments ‘for you’

Commenting in Docs can get especially messy when multiple participants are working on a multipart file. Google Docs is making a pair of changes to the commenting experience, starting with a filter.

Next to the big blue share button in the upper right corner of the web app is a Comment History dialog box. It displays everything written in a reverse chronological stream, while users can also adjust the type of notifications they receive.

Google Docs is adding a new filter here to determine whether you see “All comments”, “For you”, or “Solved”. The latter brings up anything no longer displayed in the right column of the document, while the middle option lets you “see comment threads and action items relevant to you.” This should make it easier to track comments specific to your work.

A second change sees the Google badge “new comment activity since you last viewed a document” with a blue dot that expands to say “New” on hover.

We hope these improvements make collaboration easier by allowing you to quickly navigate and act on important comments and conversations.

This filter for Google Docs comments and improved tagging started rolling out yesterday. It will be fully available over the next few weeks for all users, including personal Google accounts:

Available for Google Workspace Essentials, Business Starter, Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Essentials, Enterprise Standard, and Enterprise Plus, as well as G Suite Basic, Business, Education, Enterprise for Education, and Nonprofits customers

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Helen D. Jessen