I turned on "Show Edit History" for one cell in a Google Sheet and now I want to turn it off for that one cell.

I can't see any way to do so. If I right-click on the cell I see "Show Edit History" but it is not a toggle, as I would have hoped. I don't see anything useful in the menus and web-searching has not been fruitful.

To clarify, I am not trying to turn off or opt-out of the entire feature. As an example. I can "bold" the text in one cell, and then I can "unbold" the text in that same cell. And I can activate "show edit history" for one cell. I want to be able to deactivate "show edit history" for that one cell.

Please help. Thanks

This is related to Is there a quick way to see when a cell in a Google Sheets was last edited? . I'm not allowed to comment on that.

  • I mean that I may have changed my mind or (as was the actual case, here) turned on "Show Edit History" by mistake. As the originator and owner of the document, why shouldn't I be able to reverse that decision?
    – paulSFO
    Oct 3 '19 at 20:22
  • As is implied on my previous contributions Google turned that on your spreadsheet, not you.
    – Rubén
    Oct 3 '19 at 20:56

Cell edit history isn't a opt-in feature, there isn't a turn on/off setting for it.

If you edited a cell after the feature was added by Google to your spreadsheet, it can't be turned off for that cell as well it isn’t possible to turn it off/opt-out.


  • I'm not trying to turn the entire feature off. I selected it for one cell. Now I want that cell to no longer show edit history. EG, "Bolding" is also not an opt-in feature but, when I bold a cell, it is not permanently bold. :) I can unbold that cell particular cell, even though the feature is still active. Same idea.
    – paulSFO
    Oct 3 '19 at 17:56
  • Please edit your question to clarify. IMHO it's not clear what is the problem you are facing. Do you have problem to close the Show edit history contextual menu? (It's a rhetorical question, please edit your post to make it clearer)
    – Rubén
    Oct 3 '19 at 18:00
  • done. thanks for the suggestion.
    – paulSFO
    Oct 3 '19 at 18:09

There is no way to turn off the edit history feature for a normal Google Sheets document: https://support.google.com/a/thread/74171830/how-can-i-disable-edit-history-in-google-sheets-it-s-very-annoying-and-i-don-t-need-it?hl=en. And as far as I can tell there is no way to turn it off for a single cell.

A workaround for now (Oct 2021) is to use an .xslx file instead of a native Google Sheets file. Edit history tracking for cells does not appear to be supported for .xslx files.

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