Viewing a Revision History for a Document

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated October 10, 2013)

You already know that as you make changes in your document, Docs automatically saves those changes with no explicit requirement that you save the file—it just does it. An upshot of this intrinsic feature is that Docs allows you to go back and revisit just about any version of your document since it was first created.

The way you do this is to simply click File | See Revision History. A pane appears at the right side of the screen that shows the history for the document. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. The Revision History pane helps you view past versions of a document.

If you want to see what a particular version of the document looked like, just click on of the "save points" listed in the history pane. If you click any of the versions except the first one, you are shown a "Restore this Revision" link that, if clicked, reverts your document back to that version.

When you are done with the Revision History pane, feel free to close it. Docs will continue to save your edits and place them within the history timeline so you can access them later.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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