One of my coworkers left Google Docs open with everything selected, so the entire document is pink.

Can I turn off the user cursors/selection highlighting?

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    As a workaround, you could make a copy of the doc. But if there is more than one sheet in the document it would be a real pain to copy all your data back into the original later... – Ben Page Jan 19 '17 at 12:29
  • Yeah I just resort to making a copy for viewing purposes when I need a "clean" view. – GreenAsJade May 4 '19 at 5:41

If you switch from Editing mode to Viewing mode in a Google Doc, all the cursors (including yours) will disappear. However, you have to switch back to Editing mode if you want to make changes. There does not appear to be a Viewing mode for spreadsheets.

(I am unable to view other user's selections. I only see their cursors. Perhaps this feature has changed since May 2015.)

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    Um ... but how do you switch mode? – GreenAsJade May 4 '19 at 5:34
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    Top right corner, below the blue "share" button. The default mode is "editing". Click on "editing" to change the mode. – mpb May 5 '19 at 17:29

As far as I know, at this time it's not possible.

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