View notebooks shared with you

You and your teammates can share notebooks to create visibility around design work, collaborate on context, gather actionable feedback, and track decisions.

You need an Abstract account to view a notebook. However, you can create an account while requesting access to the shared notebook. You’ll follow different steps to view a notebook depending on whether you have an account, and whether you want to view a public or private notebook.

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Request access to a shared notebook

If you have received a link to an Abstract notebook from one of your teammates but you do not have an Abstract account, you can use the steps below to create an account and request access to view the notebook.

  1. Paste the notebook URL into the navigation bar of your preferred browser.
  2. Below the continue button, click the request access link to request an invitation.
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  3. Complete the form and click Request access to send the request to the project admin.
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  4. For Project Admins ONLY: The project admin(s) will receive an email notification that someone has requested access to a notebook. Click the Send Invitation button in the email.
  5. After the project admin approves your request, you will receive an email invitation to join the Abstract organization as a guest viewer. Click the Accept Invitation button in the email.
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  6. Fill in the form fields and click Create account to create your guest viewer account in Abstract.
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After creating an account, you will be able to view, post comments, and leave reviews on all notebooks in the project.

Request access to a private project or notebook shared with you

If you already have an Abstract account and are part of your team’s organization, you can view all public projects but will need to request access to view any private projects or notebooks.

To request access to a private notebook:

  1. Paste the notebook URL into the navigation bar of your preferred browser.
  2. If you are not signed in to Abstract, enter your username or email address and click Continue to sign in with your credentials. If you are signed in, skip to step 3.
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  3. Click Request Access to request permission from the project admin.
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  4. For Project Admins ONLY: You will receive an email notification that someone has requested access to a notebook in a private project. Click the Approve Access button in the email.
  5. When the project admin approves your request, you will receive a notification at the email address associated with your Abstract account. Click View Project in the email to view the project and its notebooks.
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View public projects and notebooks shared with you

If you already have an Abstract account and are part of your team’s organization, you can view all public projects and you will be notified when someone requests your review of a notebook.

In the left side navigation, click Notebooks. Here you can view all notebooks to which you have access. Click the name of a notebook to view its contents. You can also view any shared notebooks that have been completed or archived.

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If you are added as a reviewer to a notebook, you will receive an in-app notification. 

  1. Click on the notification icon top of the left navigation bar to view your notifications.
  2. Click on the notification in the dropdown to navigate to the shared notebook.
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