The problem, however, has always been sharing those documents.
Usually, people will share a Doc or Sheet by clicking the Share button, followed by entering the recipient’s email address.
Not everyone has a “Google Account” and that is a requirement if you tie access to a document via an email account.
For example, the other day a friend of mine sent me a Google Doc that they wanted me to review. Unfortunately, they didn’t send that invite to my Google email address and I got blocked.
Here is an example of what I saw:
The best workaround I have found is instead to send someone a shareable link to a Google Doc or Sheet.
You can still decide if that person can view, comment or edit the document. You just skip the need for the recipient to have a Google account (as well as possible frustration or extra time).
Here is how to send a shareable link from a Google Doc:
Here is how to send a shareable link from Google Drive:
After the need to share the document is over, you can simply turn sharing off.