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How to Tag Someone in Google Sheets

In this article, you will learn how to notify someone of your comments in Google Sheets. The function is helpful when you work with other collaborators on a Google spreadsheet as it makes your communication with others clear and efficient.

How to tag someone in your comments or assignments

  1. Right-click and select “Comment” or press “Ctrl”+”Alt”+M” (for Windows) or “⌘” + “Option” + “M” (for Mac) to open a pop-up window.
  2. Before or after leaving comments, Input “@” mark, and then pick up a name from the name list showing up, or enter an email address directly.
  3. Check the checkbox next to the message “Assign to” if you want to make it an assignment. (See below note regarding the difference of the “Comment” and “Assign”
  4. Press the “Comment” or “Assign” button at the bottom left.
How to tag someone in Google Sheet with an example


  1. A tagged person receives a notification at his email address mentioned in a comment.
  2. The “Comment” function and “Assign” function work similarly, though the “Assign” makes it clearer who is in charge of a task. The difference is that you can leave a comment without assigning the comment to anyone, whereas you can’t add an assignment without tagging anyone.
  3. You can tag more than one person in a comment or an assignment.
  4. Don’t forget to give a person access right to a file as Google Sheets does not give access to the file to the person automatically even if he or she is tagged in the document.

How to close the thread in a comment box

Once you or your collaborator complete the task or a discussion is resolved, you want to close the thread. Here is how to do it.

  1. Put your cursor on the cell including a comment thread you want to end
  2. Click the check mark at the top right corner of the window
  3. The thread is saved in the comment history
How to end a comment thread in Google Sheets

How to see the comment history in Google Sheets

The comment history is the communication records with your collaborators via the comment function. Check this article to learn how to use and leverage the comment history.

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What are the other basic tips in Google Sheets?

If you don’t get the solution to your question in this article or you are interested in learning more basic tips in Google Sheets, you may find the answers in the following articles.

Move onto the articles below to learn how to use Google Sheets, such as signing in, renaming, saving and printing a file, setting up notifications, and changing themes.

Google Sheets Sign-in: Explained

How to Rename a Google Sheet File

How to Save Google Sheets in Google Drive

How to Set Up Notifications in Google Sheets

How to Set Print Area in Google Sheets

Change Theme in Google Sheets: Explained

Autofill Function in Google Sheets: Explained

Go to the following articles to learn basic operations, such as redo and undo, referencing a cell on another sheet in a formula, inserting a table, and putting an image into a cell.

Redo and Undo in Google Sheets: Explained

How to Reference Another Sheet in Google Sheets

How to Make a Table in Google Sheets

How to Insert an Image into a Cell in Google Sheets

Check the following posts if you want to learn how to insert, modify, and remove comments and note or tag someone in your comment.

How to Add a Comment to a Cell in Google Sheets

Comment History in Google Sheets: Explained

How to Insert a Note in Google Sheets

How to See Edit History in Google Sheets

Read these articles to learn how to show formulas, missing toolbar, or formula bar in Google Sheets.

How to Show Formulas in Google Sheets

How to Show Formula Bar in Google Sheets

How to Show the Toolbar Missing in Google Sheets

Visit these articles to learn how to protect cells and view protected cells or ranges.

How to Lock Cells in Google Sheets

How to View Protected Ranges in Google Sheets

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