Drive for desktop only
Avoid version conflicts when you’re editing Microsoft Office files. With real-time presence, you can see if someone else is editing a Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint file that’s stored in Google Drive for desktop.
See who's editing an Office file
Merge different versions
If someone saves a new version of a file while you’re editing, you get a notification.
You can save your version as a copy or you can manually merge your changes into the latest version of the file. On the notification:
- Click Compare versions.
- Copy changes from your version (on the left) to the latest version (on the right).
- When you're done, in the latest version of the file, click Save.
Your unsaved version of the file (on the left) is deleted.
Change system permissions on a Mac
- On your Mac, open System PreferencesSecurity & PrivacyPrivacyAccessibility.
- At the bottom, click the lock to make changes.
- Check the Google Drive box.
Turn off real-time presence
If you turn off real-time presence, other people won’t see you in a file.
- On your computer, click Drive for desktop .
- Click Settings Preferences.
- At the top right, click .
- Uncheck the See if someone else is editing a shared Microsoft Office file box.
- Click Save.
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