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How do you change your title to an anonymous animal on shared Google Drive documents?

I'm currently in a college class of about 150 and I'm the only person doesn't seem to know how to make themselves anonymous on our study guides. It's been a bit awkward studying for our midterm.

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By logging out of your Google account before visiting these shared Google Docs.

I'm not aware of any setting inside the Google account to appear anonymous.

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  • Here's the relevant Google help page that explains how this feature works: "If you share or open a file with a link, you may not see the names of people who view it. - People you didn’t invite individually will show as anonymous animals when they’re in the file. - People you invite individually will show by name when they’re in the file. You can only see other people’s names when you give them individual permission to view a file or if they are part of a mailing list."
    – V2Blast
    Mar 10, 2023 at 18:04
  • So this answer is one solution to appear as an "anonymous animal" on a file that is visible to anyone with the link, but you should edit the answer to explain why this works.
    – V2Blast
    Mar 10, 2023 at 18:06
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Open the document in a private/incognito browser session:

Mozilla Firefox: Right click document link -> Open Link in New Private Window.

Google Chrome: Right click document link -> Open Link in New Incognito Window.

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  • Here's the relevant Google help page that explains how this feature works: "If you share or open a file with a link, you may not see the names of people who view it. - People you didn’t invite individually will show as anonymous animals when they’re in the file. - People you invite individually will show by name when they’re in the file. You can only see other people’s names when you give them individual permission to view a file or if they are part of a mailing list."
    – V2Blast
    Mar 10, 2023 at 18:04
  • So this answer is one solution to appear as an "anonymous animal" on a file that is visible to anyone with the link, but you should edit the answer to explain why this works.
    – V2Blast
    Mar 10, 2023 at 18:05

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