How to Use Google Drive’s New ‘View History’ Feature

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If we use Google Docs (or Sheets, or Slides) we might have beheld a new pop-up vouchsafing we know that “Editors can now see we perspective history.” Without any context, a summary is a small confusing—even disconcerting if you’re a paranoid type—but there’s zero to be disturbed about. Here’s what we need to know about the latest underline entrance to Google Drive.

View History radically expands a Google Drive underline you’re substantially already informed with: lane changes. While before we could see any time someone done an revise or left a criticism on a common document, now you’ll know any time they demeanour during a file. The new choice will be permitted by an “Activity Dashboard” where we can see who’s noticed any record and when.

There are a few situations where a new Activity Dashboard could be quite useful. Say you’re operative on a plan with a few other people. You’ll know who’s seen your latest updates, and if someone still needs to see them we can let them know. You could also tailor a display to your trainer or a intensity customer formed on either they’ve indeed looked during that request we sent over.

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On a other hand, if you’re worried with your trainer or co-workers snooping on your activity, Google also creates it easy to switch off a new feature. To devaluate View History for a singular file, only open a document, click on Tools, and name “Activity Dashboard privacy.” Then switch off “Show my story for this document.”

If you’d rather kill a underline entirely, launch Docs, Sheets, or Slides on your mechanism and open Settings. Then find a Activity Dashboard and toggle off “Show your perspective history.”


If we don’t see these options, it substantially means Google hasn’t activated View History nonetheless for your account. The association says a underline won’t indeed go live until after you’ve seen a pop-up, that started gradually rolling out to a open late final month. So until a refurbish hits your comment there’s zero to worry about.

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