If you use Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides, there’s a hidden setting that can help your hide view history. View history is an additional privilege granted to users with a work or school account. Using view history, if they share a file with you, they can see how many times you viewed the document and when in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.
Hide your View History in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides
To prevent your view activity from being shown to editors;
Go to Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides on your computer
Open a file shared with you
Select Tools at the top bar
Click Activity dashboard privacy from the pop-up menu
NOTE: If you can’t see the dashboard privacy settings, chances are the file is not owned by a Google account linked to an organization or school.
Toggle off the “Show my view history for this document.”
Now editors of that document will not be able to see when you view it.
Alternatively, you can stop showing your view activity across the three apps for all existing and future files.
Turn off view history for all filesin Google Docs, Sheets and Slides
Open Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides on your computer
Tap the hamburger menu (three horizontal lines stacked together) from the top left in Google Sheets, Slides or Google Docs
Now, toggle off Show your view history under “Activity dashboard.”
NOTE: Similarly, if there’s no Activity dashboard needed to turn off view history across Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides, don’t panic. That means you haven’t received a file from a work or school Google Account. For standard accounts, your view history will not be shown by default. That’s why Google doesn’t show you that option.