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I'd like to know when a document has been created, but Google Docs doesn't seem to display that information anywhere. I tried looking at the revisions, but all it displays is a relative time (2 months ago).

If there was a way to find the date of any revision, that would be even better.

Any help?

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Google recently updated the document revisions and they are displaying the exact date for each of them. For older documents it doesn't seem to be working, but at least all your new documents will be the way you wanted it.

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But they forcefully upgraded all old-style Docs to new-style Docs, and revision history for old-style Docs was lost. :( – endolith Sep 30 '12 at 0:28

If you open the document, you can view the revision history from the File menu. The oldest entry will be the original version, when you created it.

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That's what GoodEngough said that is not good enough to see it in relative time.. :) – Lipis Jul 23 '10 at 7:20
In my revision list (twitpic.com/27sypz), the actual date is shown next to each revision. Maybe GoodEnough was looking at a different version history than the one shown from the File menu of the document in question? – Bernhard Hofmann Jul 23 '10 at 8:41
@Bernard No that's exactly the revision list I was looking at and it's in relative time. I just checked and the revision history is different depending on the type of document. My problem was with text documents which only shows relative time, for spreadsheets it's possible to see the date. Thanks for trying to help :) – mbillard Jul 23 '10 at 11:55

Depending on the sharing status of the document, the Share/Publication date on the "Publish to the Web" menu under file can show an early date on the document. Revision history only goes back about a year.

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Where do you see a Share/Publication date? – endolith Sep 30 '12 at 0:28

This is what can be found on Googles Help page regarding this toppic:


So it seems, there is no better way.

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