How To Delete Version History In Google Docs

Google Docs makes it easier to make changes and collaborate on projects with others. You can easily keep track of who made changes and when from the version history.

However, there may be times when you want to delete this history, either for privacy reasons or to clean up the document. Unfortunately, there are no built-in tools to do this. But there are some workarounds that you can use.

Let’s check them out!

Method 1: Hide Google Docs Version History

If you are sharing the document with others and don’t want them to see the version history, then you can easily hide it. To do this, you will need to make the document view only. Note that this method won’t hide the history from the editors and contributors unless you restrict their roles.

Here is how to make your Google Docs view only:

1. Open the document and press “Share” from the top-right of the screen.

2. Press on the “Change to anyone with the link” option under “Get link.”

3. That’s it! Press the “Done” button to close the pop-up.

Now, anyone with the link can view the document but they will not be able to see the version history.

Method 2: Delete Google Docs Version History

If you want to totally get rid of the version history, then you will need to make a copy of the document. The copied document won’t have the version history. Here is how to do this:

1. Open the Google Documents and press “File” from the top-right menu bar.

2. Click “Make a Copy”.

3. If you want to change the name or location of the copied document, from the new window. Then, press “Make a copy”.

The copy version of the document will be saved without the version history. You can now delete the original document if you want.


These are the two methods that you can use to delete or hide the version history in Google Docs. If you just want to hide the version history, you can do this by making the document view only. But if you want to totally remove the history, then you will need to make a copy of the document.

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