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View activity & file versions

See changes made to your files in Drive and keep track of who made those changes. You might see changes when someone:

  • Edits or comments in Google Docs
  • Renames a file or folder
  • Moves or removes a file or folder
  • Uploads a new file to a folder
  • Shares or unshares an item

View past activity

  1. Go to
  2. On the left click My Drive.
  3. In the upper right, click Info Information.
  4. To see recent changes, click Activity.
  5. To see the activity of a specific file or folder, click the file or folder.
  6. To see older changes, scroll down on the right side.

Restore recent versions

You can download and keep old copies of PDF files, images, and other files stored in Google Drive.

  1. Go to
  2. Click on a file.
  3. At the top right, click More More.
  4. Click Manage versions.
  5. Click More More.
  6. Click Download to save a copy to your computer.

Only the most recent versions of past documents will be saved, unless you click Keep forever.

Revision history

Revision history for Google Docs, Sheets, & Slides is different than file versions in Google Drive. Learn how to see the history of changes for Google files.

Evan is a Docs & Drive expert and author of this help page. Leave him feedback below about the page.

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