Checking History and Retrieving Edits from Google Sheets

Lost some important information from a Google Sheets file? The spreadsheet platform lets you access edit history, retrieve data and even rename old versions. As it is a collaborative tool, this feature is very important to avoid problems and keep your team aligned. Google Sheets file

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  • Access to the history can only be done by the browser version. For this, there are two options: you can access the record of edits for the entire spreadsheet or just in a specific cell. See below how to check history and retrieve adjustments made in Google Sheets!

    Google Sheets: How to check history and retrieve old edits

    Step 1: Open a spreadsheet through the platform and select the “File” option in the top menu.

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    Access your spreadsheet (Image: André Magalhães/Screenshot)

    Step 2: then go to “Version history” and select “View version history”. The command can also be performed by the shortcut “Ctrl” + “Alt” + “Shift” + “H” in Windows, or “Command” + “Option” + “Shift” + “H” in macOS.

    Open the history (Image: André Magalhães/Screencapture)

    Step 3: Then Google Sheets will display the file’s update history. Click on each item to view the older versions.

    Browse between the edits made in the spreadsheet ( Image: André Magalhães/Screenshot)

    Step 4: Click the three dot icon next to the version to rename it or create a copy with the edits kept.

    Create a copy or name each editing (Image: André Magalhães/Screenshot)

    Step 5: Google Sheets also allows you to access the history of a specific cell. To do this, select the cell in which you want to view edits, right-click and select “Show edit history”.

    Access the history of a single cell (Image: André Magalhães/Screencapture)

    Step 6:

    a window will display all edits made in the cell. Use the arrow keys to browse the history.

    Check the cell’s edit history (Image: André Magalhães/Screenshot)

    Just follow these steps to check the edit history in your spreadsheet.

    Source: Document Editors Help

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