If you prefer Google Docs over Microsoft Word, you’ll find that it, too, can be used to automatically save different versions of a document. Like the version history viewing option on MS Word, Google Docs allows you to view and save the history of edits made to your document. To do so, you’ll need to:
- Open the document in Google Docs.
- Select the “Version history” option under File.
- Click on See Version History.
Using this, all the edits made to the document can be viewed along with the time they were made, allowing it to be compared with the previous versions. The editor’s name also appears next to the specific edit if the document has multiple editors. On some occasions, Google Docs may deem it necessary to merge versions to open up storage space, so it would be wise to save a copy of the versions you think you might need (you can do this with the more options button on each version in Version History). Otherwise, you may need copies of the past versions, but find that they were automatically merged into something far less helpful.