Drive: Add Reminders to Files

I work a lot with Google Docs as well as saving all of my files on my Google Drive. Sometimes I need to reference these documents or files at a later date. Unfortunately Google Docs and Google Drive are missing a sorely needed feature of attaching Reminders to specific documents or files. Luckily there are ways around this - specifically there are 4 ways that I have come up with to create a reminder for these files. 

You can set a reminder using Inbox by Gmail, Google Keep, Google Now, or Google Calendar. As many of you have guessed, I prefer to use the Inbox by Gmail solution as that is becoming my GTD program for all things. The video below shows how to create these reminders by grabbing a link to the file and creating the respective reminder you want.

Where will these reminders appear when they are due:
  • Created in Inbox or Google Now- will show in Inbox, Google Calendar Mobile, and Google Now
  • Created in Keep - will show in Inbox, Google Now, Keep, and Google Calendar Mobile
  • Created in Calendar as an Event - will show in Google Calendar Desktop and Mobile
  • Created in Mobile Calendar as Reminder - will show in Calendar Mobile, Inbox, and Google Now 

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  1. Hello,
    How could we remind other Users, with whome we shared the file, so that Pop-up appear to them to ?
    Thanks in advance.

  2. Hey Scott, great tips. I agree, sorely missed feature! The only thing about your solution (not your fault) that I don't love is that the link then makes that file public. Call me paranoid, but I like to keep all sharing off unless I explicitly intend to share a file to others.

    Whereas this link is really only for myself. But, still a good interim solution while we wait for Google to figure this no-brainer out.


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