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?

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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.

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    That works. It'd be nice if I could just push a button to hide the history, though. Ah well. Oct 6, 2010 at 21:18
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    The document doesn't keep the same URL.
    – Danita
    Aug 4, 2014 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, 2016 at 10:42

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