It used to be possible to assign a task to a user in Google Docs by simply mentioning a user in a comment, but this no longer works.

Is there a new way to do this? Has the feature been removed?
How do I assign tasks in Google Docs in 2019?


One used to be able to assign a task just by typing someone's name.

2019 Update

That way has changed.

  • You will now be given the option to assign a Task (Action Item) as soon as and only if you type either the @ or + characters.

Assign a task in Google Docs 2019 update

  • Following that you can choose who to assign the task to.

Assign a task in Google Docs 2019 update

Pro Tips

  • You can use the same technique in Google Spreadsheets as well as Google Slides.
  • You can even assign a Task or Todo action to yourself (as a reminder).

Assign an Action Item to yourself

  • In your Google Drive, search/filter files via the Search Options dropdown using the operator: followup:actionitems

Google Drive search operator followup:actionitems

  • Please also check the updated Pro Tips. Oct 26 '19 at 11:48
  • You can still do this by simply typing a users name: that's not the issue, it seems. It turns out that you can't (maybe never could?) assign an issue for an existing comment. These features only work when the steps to add an issue are taken in a fresh comment, before it is first saved. Once it's saved, issues won't assign.
    – orome
    Oct 26 '19 at 13:35
  • "...that's not the issue...". Then why ask "How do I assign tasks...". Which is what my answer is about. Next, instead of accepting, you much later post your own answer, NOT answering your question!! I'm lost. Nevertheless, please remember as per site guidelines when an answer addresses your question, you should accept it and maybe upvote so others can benefit as well. Anyway. I do hope my answer will be useful to someone. Oct 26 '19 at 22:31
  • Sorry, I meant that it turns out not to be the issue I was experiencing. No worries.
    – orome
    Oct 27 '19 at 2:02

This can indeed be done by simply mentioning a users name, either by typing it or by typing a + or @ followed by their name or e-mail address. However this will not work for an existing comment, either when editing or when replying. It only works when creating a new comment.

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