Using Notion With Non-Notion Users

Notion has built a reputation as a versatile app used by individuals and tiny teams for knowledge management, project management, and more. While there are an estimated 30 million Notion users worldwide, that still leaves a lot of humans on this planet that don’t use Notion (yet!). Luckily, there are many ways that Notion fans can make use of this tool to collaborate and share info with non-Notion users (that don’t require those folks to adopt the app for themselves).

How to share pages with non-Notion users

Before we dive into some tips and examples of how Notion can be used with folks who don’t have a Notion account, let’s cover how to publish your Notion pages.

1. Click Share in the top right hand corner and select Publish from the menu.

The Notion share menu.

2. Click Publish to web

The Notion publish menu.

3. You can then adjust the settings for your published page.

  • Link expires: want this link to expire in an hour, a day, a week, on a specific date, or not at all? Set that here.
  • Allow editing: even if this is toggled on, only logged in Notion users will be able to edit. If you’re sharing this page with non-Notion users, you can toggle this off.
  • Allow comments: same as editing above, only logged in Notion users can comment when this is toggled on. Leave it off if you’re sharing this with folks who don’t use Notion!
  • Allow duplicate as a template: likely if you’re sharing this with non-Notion users you will keep this toggled off, as they would need to login to a Notion account to duplicate the page.
  • Search engine indexing: this allows pages to show up in search engine results. If this is a page that is only meant for a specific person or audience, you will probably want to disable search engine indexing for privacy.
Notion's publish page settings.

Tip: always share the page link using Copy web link shown in the image above. If you copy the link directly from the browser, folks will get a “Continue to external site by following the link below” message rather than being taken directly to your page. You can tell you’ve copied the correct link because it will have your workspace domain at the beginning of the URL (e.g.

Here are some tips for sharing Notion pages with Non-Notion users:

  • Keep it simple. As much as possible, stick to headings, text, bullet points, and images. Avoid databases! They will feel less familiar to folks who don’t use Notion and may make it harder for them to make use of the information you’re sharing.
  • Provide instructions. If there is any navigation that folks need to do from one Notion page to another, set it up in a way that will feel familiar to them. You can add navigation prompts (eg. click here to return to the previous page) and hyperlink that text to take them where they want to go. If you do use databases, provide instructions to help people understand how to open up a page or adjust quick filters if they are in use. If you’re using toggles, we often hyperlink the toggle text to link to the first block within the toggle. I’ve seen many instances where folks didn’t realize the toggle opened so hyperlinking the text is helpful because if they click it, the toggle will open up for them.
  • Utilize link expiry. This is a great way to make sure the information that you’re sharing publicly is only viewable while it is most timely and relevant, and to remove access to content that may become outdated over time.

Here are some ways I’ve used Notion with non-Notion users:


House hunting dashboard

In 2021 my family was looking for a home to purchase. It was a particularly crazy time in the housing market in the province we live in, so we were considering many different towns as we searched for somewhere that suited us and our budget. I created a dashboard to help us get clear on what we were looking for and to help my step-daughter make sense of the different locations we were considering. I used images and bullet points to help her get a sense of what each area of the province might be like to live in.

As we narrowed down our search we added ❌ to denote regions we were no longer considering and ultimately placed one ✅ beside the region we ended up moving to.

At the bottom of this page I had a database where I tracked all the house listings we were seriously considering and the stage that we were at. During this time houses were selling very quickly, so having a way to track which houses we were planning to view, which we had made an offer on, etc. was very helpful. It also made it simpler to compare the features of each property, rather than having to flip back and forth between online listings.

A database tracking the different houses we were looking at and considering purchasing.
This was a view-only page for everyone, but me. I entered the info in the database and my partner would look it over when he needed.

Tenant info page

We rent our basement suite and prepared this page for our tenants when they first moved in. I tried to think of every day or every week things they might have questions about when they first moved to a new house in a new town and created this view-only resource for them. We are out of town a lot so I wanted this info to be easy to access, set clear expectations, and support them to settle in and be comfy in their suite!

A Notion page containing helpful information we shared with our tenants.
I focused on a lot of the practical stuff, but if I was doing this again I would add some more fun stuff like tips about our favourite hiking trails and restaurants.

Dog sitter’s guide

My partner would say I am dog crazy, but I just say that I am organized. I put together a page in Notion for anyone dog sitting for us to share all the pertinent info they need to know about our dog Ziggy, including:

  • His background, personality, and what he’s like with other dogs and humans
  • Meal times and amounts
  • His different quirks and anxieties (and strategies for alleviating them)
  • Who to contact in case of emergency
A Notion page with details about our dog for our dog sitters.
Our fluffy child is pretty quirky and needs to come with instructions for everyone’s good 😉 

Family reunion organization

In 2022 I undertook the role of organizer for a family reunion to be held the following year. I have a fairly large family and was looking for a way to easily share information with all of them, in a more inviting way than just sending an email or text message. Since Notion is where I would normally collect research anyway, I created a super simple page where I listed out possible dates, locations, and accommodation options and sent them all the link to this view-only page.

A Notion page displaying ideas for a family reunion.
This started as a page I listed links and info on while I researched, and I formatted it slightly before I shared it with others.

Once we confirmed a date and location, I created another very simple page to summarize those details and provide a one-stop place where my family could find information about when and where we were going and how they could book their accommodation.

A Notion dashboard displaying details for a family reunion.
None of my family uses Notion, but they all had access to the information they needed just by viewing these pages.

Event invitation

I’ve used Notion to plan and communicate about other events, too! Including a virtual trivia night I hosted for New Years Eve at the end of 2020. Another simple page, that was view-only, that I shared with a bunch of friends who don’t use Notion.

An event invitation on a Notion page.
An easy way to share a bunch of information in a way that’s a little more fun and aesthetic than all of it in a text message (or Google doc)!

“Now” page

Have you heard of Now pages? Inspired by Derek Sivers, these are pages that give an update about where you’re at and what you’re up to. Creating a Now page is one of the first exercises we have Notion Mastery students complete to get a hang of the different formatting and blocks available. For non-Notion users, this is a page I share from my website that anyone can view to get an update about what I’m currently focused on.

A Now page hosted in Notion updating folks about what I'm focused on.
On this page I list out what I’m currently learning, where I’m located, and other timely news.


Resource library

A client we worked with was a professional organization who wanted to have a view-only base from which they could share resources with their members.

A Notion database with resources shared with members of a professional organization.
Viewers can click on any of these cards to get more information.

They created a database for the different types of information they wanted to share. Each page in the database had further information to support their members. For the most part, none of their members knew what Notion was (and probably still don’t really) but they don’t need to. This resource hub is a read-only place for them to visit and that’s all they need!

A Notion page with information about a group insurance plan.
This hub provides a one-stop place folks can go to get important details related to their membership.


Rather than a traditional blog on a website, I have a Notion page where I gather together the writing I’ve done about operations, online courses, Notion, and more. I created a TinyURL so I can easily share this page of my thoughts and resources with anyone that’s interested. All of the writing contained within is view-only and does not require anyone to have a Notion account to see it and make use of it.

A Notion page sharing written resources.
Each piece of writing has its own page on this main page that folks can click in to to read.

Sharing package options with potential clients

Before I became the full-time Director of Ops at Oki Doki, I spent a few years running my own business offering admin and ops support to a variety of small business owners. None of my clients (except Marie!) used Notion, but I already did use it back then and would share this page with potential clients to communicate the packages that I offered and the related terms and conditions.

A Notion page showing different retainer package options for clients.
I used this before Notion implemented link expiry when sharing, but having that would have been great when I was sharing this page to prevent folks from viewing outdated info!

Providing instructions

We often use Notion pages to provide supporting information and instructions, especially during live events. Here’s an example of a Notion page we shared with folks who attended a recent workshop we ran, to make sure they would know how to use Annotate in Zoom. In this instance, I used Notion’s public link expiry and had this link expire after the workshop was over. That way, if this info becomes out of date, we don’t have the link floating around and folks accessing inaccurate info. I can verify the instructions the next time we use this page and make the link shareable again.

A Notion page with instructions to follow to use Annotate in Zoom.
We create lots of pages like this to share helpful instructions.

Delivering presentations

Last year I delivered a workshop for the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale about how to create a strong, operational foundation for your startup. I knew some of the folks in the audience were Notion-curious, so rather than using something like Canva or PowerPoint, I created my presentation directly in Notion. I found it a convenient tool to use for this purpose because it’s so easy to embed images, GIFs, videos, and Whimsical boards directly in Notion.

Presentation agenda written out in Notion.
After the presentation I shared the link to the page that all my “slides” were on so folks could have access to the material.

Even if you’re the only person you know IRL that uses Notion, there are still many ways to leverage this tool with the Non-Notion users in your world. These are just a few of the ways I’ve used Notion to share information in a convenient and aesthetically pleasing way with folks who have never used (or sometimes even heard of!) Notion. What ways have you used Notion with non-Notion users? Tag me on Twitter and let me know.

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