As a frequent Google drive user you are likely accustomed to receiving all kinds of notifications related to your Google Docs, Google Sheets, or Google Slides files.
Notifications in Google Drive are a great way to keep you updated when someone comments on a document, or when a change is made to a file. By receiving the notifications in your email account you aren’t required to continually check a document to see if it’s changed.
But for documents that are actively edited or commented, this can become a bit of a hassle. Fortunately you can change your Google Drive notification settings to turn off these notifications. Our tutorial below will show you two options for changing this setting.
How to Turn Off Google Drive Notifications for Comments in an Individual Document
The steps in this article were performed in the desktop version of Google Chrome, but will also work in other desktop Web browsers like Firefox or Edge. The steps in this section are going to turn off the notifications that you receive when someone comments on a specific document. You will need to follow these steps for each individual document where you want this setting.
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Step 1: Go to your Google Drive at https://drive.google.com and open the document for which you wish to turn off comment notifications.
Step 2: Click the Comments icon at the top-right corner of the window.
Step 3: Click the Notifications button, then choose the None option from the dropdown menu.
Now that you know how to turn off notifications from Google Drive, you should check out our tutorial on how to turn off Google Calendar email notifications as well.
How to Turn Off Google Drive Email Notifications
The steps in this section are going to change a Google Drive setting where the app emails you when there is an update to one of your documents. This will not stop any account-related emails that you would receive, however. Just the emails concerning updates to your documents.
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Step 1: Go to your Google Drive at https://drive.google.com.
Step 2: Click the gear icon at the top-right of the window, then select the Settings option.
Step 3: Select the Notifications tab at the left side of the window.
Step 4: Click the box to the left of Get all updates about Google Drive items via email to remove the check mark, then click the Done button at the top-right of the window.
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