Web Applications Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for power users of web applications. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I have a Google Docs document that I want to share, but I don't want to retain the revision history when I do so. What's the easiest way to go about this?

share|improve this question
up vote 17 down vote accepted

This is a very good question. Often people in an org can sniff around doc history to see what the author was thinking on earlier revs.

A way around this (not elegant) is to make a copy of the doc using File --> Make a copy...

This copy will have the most current content and will start history fresh. Then you can delete the original one, rename the new one, etc.

share|improve this answer
That works. It'd be nice if I could just push a button to hide the history, though. Ah well. – Benjamin Pollack Oct 6 '10 at 21:18
The document doesn't keep the same URL. – Danita Aug 4 '14 at 14:55
This does not solve the problem if someone else is owner of that document. At this time there is no way to delete the history. Just workarounds. – dwich Mar 19 at 10:42

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.