Find out what's changed in a file

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

Compare earlier versions of a file

  1. On your computer, open a document, spreadsheet or presentation.

  1. At the top, click File and then Version history and then See version history.

  2. Choose the latest version. You can find who updated the file and their changes.

Optional:

  • To find grouped versions: In the right panel, click Expand Down arrow.
  • To return to the original current version, at the top left, click Back .

Tip: To browse a document’s version history, you need permission to edit.

See who changed a part of a document in Google Docs

Important: This feature is only available to Google Workspace Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus and Education Plus customers.

  1. On your computer, open a document at docs.google.com.
  2. Select part of the document and right-click and then Show editors.
See who changed a specific cell in Google Sheets 
  1. On your computer, open a spreadsheet at sheets.google.com
  2. Right-click a cell and then Show edit history

Note: Some changes might not show up in the edit history. Some examples are: 

  • Added or deleted rows and columns 
  • Changes to the cell's format 
  • Changes made by formulas

Restore an earlier version

  1. On your computer, open a document, spreadsheet or presentation.

  2. At the top, click File and then Version history and then See version history.

  3. In the right panel, choose an earlier version.

  4. At the top, click Restore this version and thenRestore.

Copy an earlier version

You can make a copy and edit earlier versions of a file.

  1. On your computer, open a document, spreadsheet or presentation.

  2. At the top, click File and then Version history and then See version history.

  3. In the right panel, next to the version that you want to copy, click More More and thenMake a copy.

  4. Enter a name for your copy.

  5. Choose where to save the file.

    • To share the file with the same people, click Share it with the same people.

  6. Click OK.

Create a named version

You can create a named version to track your version history and make sure your versions aren't merged. 
  1. On your computer, open a document, spreadsheet or presentation.
  2. At the top, click File and then Version history and thenSee version history.
  3. Choose a previous version. You can find who updated the file and their changes.
  4. Click More  and then Name this version.
  • You can add up to 40 named versions per document. 
  • You can add up to 15 names versions per spreadsheet. 
  • To only show named versions, turn on Only show named versions Toggle on.

Unable to see a previous version of your file?

The revisions for your file may occasionally be merged to save storage space.

Note: If you don't have permission to edit a file, you won't be able to see the version history.

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