Collaborating on Google Slides presentations can get chaotic if multiple people are constantly making changes. If someone makes a mistake, the ability to check version history in Google Slides makes it easy to fix. Here’s how you can do it.
To get started, open Google Presentations in your browser and go to any of their presentations. Be sure to make some edits if you’ve opened a new document. If you don’t have any edits, you won’t see anything in the version history of the presentation.
With that done, it’s time to check the version history in Google Slides. There are two easy ways to check. The easiest thing is to click on the link “The last edition was” to the right of the button “Help” in the menu bar.
You can also check the version history through an option in the menu bar, found just below the file name at the top of the screen. Head to File> Version History through the menu bar.
Both methods have the same end result: open the panel “Version history” on the right side of the screen under Google Slides. Here, you will see timestamps for each version of your presentation. Click on any timestamp to check out a previous version of the presentation.
Google Slides tends to group certain versions of your presentations together. If you make a lot of changes in a short period of time, you will find them in a group in the Version History panel on the right side of the screen. To reveal these hidden versions, you will need to click on the arrow icon to the left of the timestamp.
After doing this, you will see many additional timestamps in the Version History panel. This will allow you to easily find and select the version you need. Just click on the correct timestamp and you’re done.
How to rename versions of Google Slides presentations
Speaking of finding too many versions in Google Slides, it can be difficult to find the presentation version you want, especially if you’re working on a large document with multiple collaborators. This is why you should also consider naming major versions of Google Slides presentations.
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Whenever you make a major change to your presentations, you can open the Version History panel in Google Slides. Now, click on the three dot icon to the right of the timestamp.
You will now see a menu next to the timestamp in the Version History panel. To rename it, click “Name this version”.
Enter the name you want. Once you’ve done that, you can hit the Enter key or click anywhere on the screen.
When you’re done naming important versions of your presentation, you should check out a Google Slides feature that lets you find named versions quickly. Open the Version History panel and toggle the switch next to “Show only named versions”.
This will highlight only the renamed versions, along with the current version of the document.
How to Restore Previous Versions of Google Slides Presentations
The last step is to restore old versions of your Google Slides presentation. To do that, first, open the Version History panel and select the version you need. The quickest way to get the job done is by clicking the yellow button “Restore this version” at the top of the page in Google Slides, right next to the file name.
Alternatively, you can go to the Version History panel and click the three-dot icon next to the name of the correct version. Then you need to select “Restore this version”.
This will bring back an older version of your Google Slides presentation. The same function is also available in Google Docs.
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