How to Accept a Request in Google Docs

By Irene A. Blake

The Google Docs suite attached to the Google Drive online storage service provides a range of integrated sharing features. For example, a colleague can send you or you and your employees an invitation to access a document. Once you receive and open a colleague's request email, accepting the request is literally a one-click process.

Open the inbox of the email account where you expect to receive the request.

Locate the email. Look for the sender’s email address and “Google Drive” in the From column. Alternatively, search for the name of the document and your email address in the Subject column.

Open the email, and then click the document name link under the words “I’ve shared an item with you.” If prompted, sign in to Google Drive. The link should take you to Google Drive to access and/or edit the document in Google Docs or a separate Web page to read a view-only copy.


If you receive the request in Gmail, you can also click the “Open In New Window” option to accept it.

If you receive the request through a social network, simply click the Web address or link text. For example, if the request is sent to Facebook using the sharing tool, it is automatically generated in the Facebook post area as link text featuring the document name followed by the words “Google Drive.”

If you see a colored animal icon near the upper right corner of a document after you accept a request, don’t worry. Google Docs uses animal icons to represent anonymous document viewers.


Information in this article applies to Google Drive and Google Docs as of June 2013. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.