Follow documents to track them

When you find a document that interests you on a SharePoint site, you may want to bookmark it as well as follow it to track updates. You can follow a document in order to:

  • See updates in your newsfeed related to other’s activities, such as editing or sharing the document.
  • Add the document to your “Followed Documents” list for quick reference.
  • Inform teammates when you’ve started following a document, helping them discover new content.
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Follow a document or file in a site library

It just takes a few clicks to follow a document in a site library or your OneDrive for Business library:

  1. Select the document you want to follow.
  2. On the Files tab, select Follow.

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Follow a document from your newsfeed

When you notice an interesting document link in your newsfeed—such as one that your boss referred to in a post—consider following it so can get update notices for it in your newsfeed and to keep it handy in your list of followed documents. Although you can’t follow documents directly from a newsfeed, you can usually follow a document from the library where it’s stored.

 Note    This feature is not available if you’re running Office 365 with Yammer. If you have Yammer, you’ll see a Yammer tab in your page header.

To follow a document or other file that appears in your newsfeed:

  1. Click Newsfeed in the header.
    Newsfeed option
  2. On the Newsfeed page, click the document or file that interests you.
    The file opens for viewing or editing if the file permissions allow.
  3. Go to the library that contains the file by deleting the file name at the end of the URL in the browser, and then pressing Enter.

For example, if the URL is http://contoso/Planning documents/FirstQuarterPlan.docx, you would delete FirstQuarterPlan.docx, and select the resulting URL: http://contoso/Planning documents/.

 Note    Some URLs may not allow this.

  1. In the document library, click the ellipsis () next to the document or file that you want follow, and then click Follow in the callout window.
    The callout shows a preview of the content and other information, including who last updated it and when.

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Follow a shared document

When someone shares a document with you, consider following so that you can find it again quickly in your list of followed documents. In many cases, you get an email when someone shares a document with you. In the email, you can select a Follow link to start following the document.

You can also follow a shared document as follows:

  1. Open the site library that contains the document.
  2. Select the document.
  3. On the File tab, select Follow.

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Stop following a document

When you no longer need to track a file and receive newsfeed updates about it, you can stop following it.

  1. Select OneDrive in the page header to go to your OneDrive for Business library.
  2. Select Followed Documents in the Quick Launch panel.
  3. Select Stop following below the document you want to stop following.

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Applies to:
SharePoint Server 2013 Enterprise, SharePoint Server 2013 Standard