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My friend shared a document with me on Google Docs. The document was then edited, and is now at revision 2.

How do I view revision 1?

file menu of google docs

For some reason I cannot click "see revision history".

Are there other solutions I could do? Like "revert my Google Docs state to 1 day before" or something like that?

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I had the same issue. Problem solved when I switched to Chrome and logged into my Google account. – Frank Ginac Sep 3 '15 at 13:10
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If the See revision history is greyed out or you can't select it, the document you are viewing does not allow you to edit and hence, you can't see the revision history.

This is usually the case when the owner of the document has set you to either:

  • Can comment
  • Can view

To be able to see the revision history your permissions on the document must be either of the two:

  • Is owner
  • Can edit
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I must say this is very un-intuitive of google-docs. It doesn't make sense that if I want the "history" of a document that I am allowed to view, I'd have to manually do backups of that document every day/every few days. – Pacerier Oct 5 '11 at 0:48

This also occurs when you use an incompatible browser. I used Mozilla and had the problem, switched to IE and it worked. Also, it never happened to be while using Chrome.

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Something similar also happened to me: I am able to edit the document, but in IE 11 the revision history is greyed out. In Chrome, the history is available. Weird. – anon Dec 30 '14 at 15:04

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