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How to disable 'observe' mode

Hi, just wondering if there is any way to stop other users from ‘observing’ me - there is nothing more irritating than knowing your every move is being watched. Can this feature be turned off? Thanks


If you are distracted by cursors moving around the file, you can disable them: View → Multiplayer cursors. However this doesn’t hide your cursor to others and they can still observe your actions. Just don’t think about them. :slight_smile:

View → Multiplayer cursors


Thanks for the reply. But surely this is a valid product request - to not want someone to be virtually standing over your shoulder watching you. Impossible to get any work done this way, I’m sure a lot of users agree - can you make it something the file owner can turn on/off?


It’s not possible to control this at this point. Feel free to create a feature request in the #product-ideas category. But I personally don’t understand why you need this.

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Ok will do. If you’ve ever tried to design something (or do any work for that matter) with people looking over your shoulder, you would understand! This is the digital version of that, and very annoying unless you specifically are trying to demonstrate something to someone. It means people can watch you work without your consent - so the only way to get rid of them is to remove their permissions on the file.


When I have freelance projects I have one file for myself and one for the client and I always work on my file and move it to the client side when it’s done. This is my way of turning it off. I can recommend it if it’s possible for you.

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And… ONE more !
Where do we vote for it ?

You can vote for it here - Disable 'observe' mode - theres a button at the top.

Why would you share the file until you want people seeing your progress?

Usually I’m working on files with lots of pages - so several people can be working on different things. ‘Observe Mode’ is literally the digital equivalent of someone looking over your shoulder watching your every move while you design. Very off-putting & I usually just stop what I’m doing when I realise someone is observing.

Most of the time people have just the file open. And no, this is NOT the digital equivalent of designing with someone over your shoulder.

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The replies here are very dismissive of how @Dave2 works. He might work in a very different way to you. I’m not sure “I don’t understand why you need this” should be a reply from a moderator in the “Product Questions” section? @Gleb

Personally, I completely understand Dave’s problem, if a file has been shared with the client for review and then you do further work on that file the client can, if they choose, literally watch you work.


I’m sorry that I chose to express my opinion in a dismissive manner, I shouldn’t have done it. Indeed, my opinion wasn’t necessary here at all. Thanks for your feedback, I’ll improve!

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