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Google Docs rolls out Show Editors option that will tell users who made changes in a shared document

With the new Show Editors option in place, it will be convenient for users working on Google Docs to keep track of who edited what content in a shared document. The feature is only available to Google users with Business or Enterprise accounts.

twitter-logoIndia Today Tech | May 4, 2021 | Updated 18:23 IST

Highlights

  • Google is rolling out a new Show Editors option for Google Docs.
  • As the name suggests, the tool will give insights on the content edited in Google Docs.
  • To view the editor, users will have to highlight the content and right-click it.

Google users with select enterprise and business accounts will now get an insight on the editors of a document. Google Docs enables users to edit a shared document in real-time. With the new Show Editors option in place, it will be convenient for users working on Google Docs to keep track of who edited what content in a shared document. Users will also have the option to open the version history of a document. The new feature is available to users starting May 3 and will roll out gradually in 15 days.

"You can now view richer information on the edit history of a particular range of content in Google Docs. Simply highlight and right-click on a range of text and select "Show Editors" from the dropdown menu. Here, you can view a list of editors and their latest edits along with time stamps. You'll also have the option to open the Version History of the document," Google noted in a blog post. "This makes it easier to track edits made by multiple collaborators, giving greater insight into who the recent editors were, what changes were made and when."

As mentioned above the feature is only available to Google users with select Business or Enterprise accounts which include Google Workspace Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus, and Education Plus customers. These do not include Google Workspace Essentials, Business Starter, Enterprise Essentials, or even GSuite basic users.

Google also recently extended the timeline for the free storage on Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings, Forms, or Jamboard files limited to WorkSpace and GSuite users to February 2022. The June 2021 deadline will continue to apply to personal Google account users.

Google itself estimates "that the majority of users will not be affected by these changes." However, it serves as a good reminder for the June 2021 deadline for free, unlimited Google storage. Starting June 2021, Google will stop providing free storage to Google account users. It will give users 15 GB of storage access across Drive, Gmail, and Photos beyond which it will start charging users.

Meanwhile, Facebook also recently launched a new data portability tool which it has named Transfer Information Tool. The new tool will let Facebook users transfer status posts and notes to other services like Google Docs, Blogger, and WordPress. Facebook users can transfer their notes and posts to other services with the help of the Transfer Information Tool. Facebook notes that it will ask users to re-enter their password before the transfer starts, so that data between two services remains encrypted.



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