Software & Apps Google Drive How to Track Changes in Google Docs Use the Editing and Suggestions features like an expert by Daniel N. Martin Writer Daniel Martin is a writer and researcher with 10+ years' experience. He is a professional librarian and an experienced tech and information literacy teacher. our editorial process LinkedIn Daniel N. Martin Updated on September 10, 2020 Google Drive Docs Sheets Slides Tweet Share Email Google Docs is a great way to collaborate with multiple partners on a written project. Depending on how many people are involved, you need to make sure changes made to the document are easy to identify or change. Knowing how the Editing Mode and Suggestion Mode work allows you and your team to edit Google Docs and track changes with ease. How to Edit Google Docs With Editing Mode Editing Mode allows you and anyone with permission to edit the document directly. However, this means changes are made automatically and potentially become difficult to review. To avoid important data being lost or changed, the ability to lock down your entire document comes in very handy. Open a document you want to edit in Google Docs. Select Share in the upper right corner. Click the menu next to a collaborator's name. To stop the collaborator from editing the document, click Viewer. Click Save. How to Edit Google Docs With Suggestion Mode When you're working with other people on the same document, it's useful to make a suggestion without altering the text itself. With Suggestion Mode, you can do this with ease and keep everyone creating the document in the loop. You can even leave color-coded comments so you and your colleagues can track the reasons for any implemented changes. If you own the document, you'll receive an email notifying you of any changes, which can be accepted or rejected. Open the Google Doc you want to modify. Select the Editing dropdown menu in the top right corner. Select Suggesting to leave comments and allow suggestions to be reviewed How to Accept or Reject Suggested Edits Open the document you're working on. On the ribbon, select Tools > Review suggested edits. In the upper-right corner, a box will appear showing the suggested edits. To address individual edits or comments, choose one, and then select either Accept or Reject. Select Accept All or Reject All to address all suggested edits at once. How to Use Comments Within a Google document, select the cell, text, line or block you'd like to comment on. From the ribbon, select Insert > Comment. Alternatively, select the Plus (+) on the right side of the document. The keyboard shortcut is Command/Ctrl+Option+M. Type your comment, then select Comment. The comment will appear to the right of the document, along with the name of the collaborator who left it and the time they created the note. Revision History If you need to go back to an earlier version of a project, Revision history lets you do just that; any time changes were made to the document, a different version was saved. You can view an earlier version of your document and see how any edits or suggestions were used. This can be especially useful for reviewing a project as it evolves, keeping track of a user’s individual contributions and as a reference for your thought processes. Open your Google Doc. Under the File menu, mouse over the Version History heading and select See Version History. The keyboard shortcut is Command/Ctrl+Option+Shift+H. Select the version you want to review by looking over the Version history timeline. To name an individual version, select the three vertical dots to the right, and then select Name this version.