How To Track Changes In Google Docs

Last Updated on July 20, 2023 by Jake Sheridan

In this tutorial, you will learn how to track changes in google docs.

How To Track Changes In Google Docs

When collaborating with other users on a document, it can be helpful to keep track of all the changes that have been made. This can help you identify what edits were made, when they were made, and by whom.

Google Docs offers a feature called “Version history” that allows you to easily keep track of any edits or additions that have been made to a document.

In this guide, we will show you how to navigate the Version history feature in Google Docs and take advantage of some of its features.

How to View Previous Versions in Google Docs

Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to view previous versions in google docs.

Step 1

First, open a Google Docs document that has been edited by you or another user.

Step 2

Click on the Version history button on the upper-right corner of the page.

Step 3

You should now be redirected to a page that lists all edits that have been made by users in the current document.

On the right-hand panel, each edit is listed in reverse chronological order. Clicking on an edit will highlight which text has been added or removed since the previous version.

This panel also shows the name of the user who has made the edit.

Step 4

Clicking on a prior version reveals an option to “Restore this version”. You may click on this version to revert the current document to its previous state.

Step 5

We also have the option to name any version.

In the example below, we’ve labeled the current version of our document “April 28 Version”.

Step 6

We also have the option to create a copy of any version tracked by Google Docs.

In the example below, we’ve created a copy of the April 28 Version of our document.


This guide should be everything you need to learn how to track changes in Google Docs.

You may make a copy of this sample document to test it out on your own.