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See what’s changed in a file

You can see changes that have been made to a document in Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides.

See earlier versions of a file

Note: Text that was added will be highlighted. Text that was deleted will be shown with a strikethrough.

  1. Open a document, spreadsheet, or presentation.
  2. At the top, click File and thenSee revision history.
  3. In the right panel, click a timestamp to see an earlier version of a file. You can see the people who edited the file, and the changes they made in the color next to their name.
  4. To see edits in more detail, go to the right panel, choose a revision, and click the ArrowRight arrow.

To return to the current version, go to the top left and click Back Back.

Restore an earlier version

You can return to and edit earlier versions of a file.

  1. Open a document, spreadsheet, or presentation.
  2. At the top, click File and thenSee revision history.
  3. In the right panel, click the timestamp of an earlier version.
  4. At the top, click Restore this version and then Restore.
  5. In the right panel, the version will show as the "Current revision." To edit the document, go to the top left and click Back Back.

Unable to see a previous version of your file?

The revisions for your file may occasionally be merged to save storage space. This can happen due to the age of the file or the large size of certain revisions.

Note: People who don't have permission to edit a file won't be able to see the revision history.

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