How to Delete the Revision History in Google Docs

By Joshua Phillips

One of the features of Google Drive, previously called Google Docs, is that it automatically saves every revision you make to a document. While this is useful when you want to revert to a previous version or just view one, you may not want other readers of your document to view the changes you made. Normally, you must wait 30 days for the revision history to automatically delete itself; however, there is a way to force Google Drive to completely delete the revision history of the document by making a copy of it.

Go to your Google Drive list of documents, and then click to place a check mark in the box to the left of the document whose revision history you want deleted.

Click the "More" menu at the top of the screen and choose "Make a Copy."

Click the "Remove" icon at the top of the list to remove the original document and its revision history.

Click the box to the left of the created copy.

Click the "More" menu, select "Rename," rename your document to the original title or to a new title, and then click "OK."

Open the document, click "File," and then select "See Revision History" from the menu to verify that there is no more revision history for the document.


Pressing "Alt-Ctrl-G" also displays the revision history list.