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New Google Docs Tool Lets You See Edit History Of Shared Documents


Google Docs is making it easier to see who’s editing shared documents. Starting this week, Google is adding a new “Show Editors” option to Docs, which will provide additional information on the edit history of a selected portion of any document.

To use this feature, you first have to select some text and right-click to open up the context menu. Now select “Show Editors” from the dropdown menu to see richer information on the edit history of the selected text. You will see a list of all the editors who have made some changes to that text. The new tool will also highlight changes made by the editors along with time stamps. You can see the revision history as well.

Google Docs makes it easier to see the edit history of shared documents

Google Docs is one of the primary tools in the Google Workspace suite and a great platform for collaboration. It saves and syncs documents on the web, so anyone with authorized access can easily, quickly, and securely make changes to them as and when needed, wherever they may be. However, if your work team has several members, it could be a difficult challenge to keep track of who made what changes and when. The “Show Editors” option will now do that job for you. Note that you can only see what changes an editor made but can’t undo them.

The latest update for Google Docs is now rolling out to users globally. Those on Rapid Release domains can already access the new tool. For users on Scheduled Release domains, it will be a gradual rollout and may take up to 15 days to reach everyone around the world. The rollout began on May 3rd. There is no admin control for this tool.

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Note that “Show Editors” in Google Docs is available only to Workspace Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus, and Education Plus customers. Workspace Essentials, Business Starter, Enterprise Essentials, Education Fundamentals, Frontline, and Nonprofits, as well as G Suite Basic and Business customers, cannot use this new tool in Google Docs.

In related news, the layout or formatting issues that affected several Google Docs and Slide users last month have been fixed. The problems were caused by your computer’s ad blocker. Disabling the ad blocker had helped mitigate the problem temporarily for some users. AdBlock has now announced that a filter list update has fixed the issue.

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