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Google Docs Tips and Tricks: Tag a Collaborator in a Doc to Assign a Task

When adults or students are working collaboratively on a Google Doc, there’s a quick way to notify people about any comments or tasks you want to assign in the shared document. In the doc, highlight the task you want the person to do something about.

  • Find the point in the document for the comment by hovering on the right edge of the doc and looking for the comment icon or choose Insert > Comment from the tabs.
  • In the comment box, type an @ or + sign, then start typing the last name of the person you want to notify and the directory will come up (you can do this for multiple people). Google Docs will automatically find the name(s) from your Gmail contact list.
  • In the comment box, you can also add what you want the collaborator to do.
  • An email will be sent to the recipient(s) automatically. 
If the person you’re tagging doesn’t have access to the doc, you will need to set the permission level for the user using the Share button. As always, if you have any questions about this or any nifty features in Google Docs, contact your Instructional Technology Coach!


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