Ive got a Google Drive spreadsheet that is shared with a specified number of people. At one stage there was possibly a Google Apps Script as part of the spreadsheet, but i think this is now removed.

When I go to the sharing preferences I see this: (see screenshot below)

screenshot of sharing settings / preferences

But the banner at the top says the last change was made by anonymous... how can this be?

screenshot of "anonymous edit 3 minutes ago banner"


If you shared the file as a link and had permission set up with "Anyone with the link can edit" then all someone needs is a link to edit the file. If the person who edited the file is not logged in with his/her G Suite account then all the edits made would appear under "anonymous".

Please take a look at the link for further reference: https://support.google.com/docs/answer/2494888?hl=en


It's possible that someone you shared the document with is editing it while not being signed in; or you shared it with the setting 'anyone with the link' and it was forwarded.

read this google doc here

you should be able to see the email address by going to sharing - advanced

  • someone you shared the document with is editing it while not being signed in have you tried that? It's not possible. – Kos Apr 3 '18 at 8:31
  • yeah sorry, the image didn;t expand on mobile and i couldn't read your security settings. if you shared via link it would be possible but not privately. did one of the editor's change their google account name? – Timmy Browne Apr 3 '18 at 15:26

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