Modified 23 January 2020 by Eugen Plesa

One of G Suite’s popular new features is Compare documents. But, this only works if you have an older version of a document stored in Drive, as a separate file… So, what happens if you don’t have the older version in Drive and it’s ‘stuck’ in the Version history?

Easy! You can make a copy of an older version in the Version history.


This will create a new document in Drive for that version, that you can now compare with your current version.

To try this, in your doc go to:

  1. File > Version history
  2. Select See Version history
  3. Hover over the version you would like a copy of and select
  4. Select Make a copy

We don’t make a habit of making copies, because the Version history keeps them all in one place. But, this is great if you want to compare two versions of a document.

This feature is also useful if someone asks you to share an older version of a Docs, Sheets or Slides file.


Tip from CloudShed