I have access to a collaborative Google Docs document on which I would like to make notes in preparation for a meeting (I am not the document owner). I would like to avoid wasting paper, so I would prefer to put comments straight in Google Docs. However, I am just using these notes as reference for further discussion so I don't want anybody else to see them. The document may be changing so I would prefer not simply copying the document for my notes.

Is there any way make comments on a Google Docs document that only I can see? Is copying the document my only option.

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Copying the document is your only option. See here and here. I cannot find more recent posts concerning this matter, and it would be better if you post a thread on the same forum.

  • Thanks. The use case for the first linked thread is a bit different (I had found this one). That second linked thread applies (I had not seen this discussion), but it is old.
    – smp7d
    Nov 28, 2012 at 20:31
  • @smp7d Half a year I agree, but someone in that thread (actually a google employee) mentioned they would propose this to the team. I guess if the feature had been introduced, it would be more easy to find it. Like I said, try posting a thread on the google product forums.
    – MarioDS
    Nov 28, 2012 at 20:33

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