Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Mention a user directly within a Google Doc

Quick launch summary 

You can now mention another user in Google Docs within the document itself. Previously, this was only possible within a comment. 

When another user is mentioned, you can hover over their name for information about them and suggested actions like adding that person to Contacts or reaching out via email. This is the same information you see today when hovering over a user's name in other Google Workspace apps, such as Gmail or Calendar. 

[Read more about this feature and other new features in the Google Workspace announcement]

Additional details 

In the future, mentioning someone in a document will send them a notification. Stay tuned to the Workspace Updates blog for information on when this will become available.

Additionally, if you mention a user who does not have access to the doc, you’ll receive a prompt with sharing suggestions. You can share the document at that time or decline and use the regular Docs sharing function when the time is right. 

Getting started 

  • Admins: There is no admin control for this feature. 
  • End users: This feature is available for all Google Workspace end users. When typing in Docs, press “@” — this will trigger a dropdown menu where you can search for the user you want to mention. 

Rollout pace 


  • Available to 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, and users with personal Google Accounts