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Does Microsoft Office 2010 have version control? In other words, does it automatically save old versions of files?

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No. It has AutoRecover and Track Changes but not a versioning history.

You may be interested in using P4OFC if you need version control on Office documents.

Perforce Plug-in for Microsoft Office

P4OFC, the Perforce Plug-in for Microsoft Office, allows Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Project files to be easily stored and managed in Perforce. With P4OFC, users don't have to leave a familiar environment to bring their documents under Perforce control.

Support for Basic SCM Tasks

P4OFC helps everyday users to:

  • Check files in and out of Perforce from within Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Project
  • Determine which version of a document is checked out and who else is working on it
  • Access complete document revision history
  • Share and lock documents through Perforce
  • Link change requests with document changes

Implement Document Management Quickly and Easily

P4OFC is easy to install and adds a "Perforce" menu to Microsoft Office applications. Once installed, the plug-in automatically determines which documents are under Perforce control.

Quickly Compare Two Versions of the Same Word Document

P4OFC can compare any two revisions of the same Word document and quickly show changes, using Microsoft Word's Track Changes feature.

A Perforce repository is free for two users.

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A Word file can contain multiple versions. Use menu File | Info | Manage Versions.

Otherwise, it is only possible using some external software (version control or SharePoint).

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I can't find a matching feature in more recent Word 14.2.4 (120824) so for compatibility, I should hesitate before using Microsoft's implementation of versions. –  Graham Perrin Nov 3 '12 at 8:33
@GrahamPerrin In Word 2010 (V14.0) I've just double checked: versions is in the info page for the document. For 2013 it might have moved (I don't have 2013 installed anywhere yet) but I would be very surprised if the feature had been completely removed. –  Richard Nov 3 '12 at 11:48
Thanks. In Ask Different Chat: chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/message/6752019#6752019 –  Graham Perrin Nov 3 '12 at 13:01
In Word 2013 (version unknown) there's the interface to manage versions, but unless I'm missing something: no way to save (add) a version. Maybe the same is true of Office 2010. Incidentally the SharePoint service provided to me is not versions-enabled. –  Graham Perrin Nov 3 '12 at 16:07

Whilst the above answers are correct in general (Office 2010 does not support version control), there is one exception: Access 2010 has an option which you can enable for it ("Source Control" is a menu choice in the Options menu under the Ribbon settings section).

The information returned by a search of the internet is pretty limited, so I don't think it can have received a lot of attention from Access users in general.

The details on Microsoft's website are here: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=6840

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Word used to have built=in Version Control. But that was removed in Word 2007:


Now, they have 3 related features:

  1. Track Changes. This allows you to see any changes that have been made to a document and either approve or reject the changes.

  2. Manage Versions. This allows you to recover autosaved versions of a file.

  3. Document Library. If you save your documents on a Sharepoint server, you can view earlier versions.


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We (disclaimer, I'm the founder) built a version control system for Excel (think GitHub for spreadsheets). Have a look: https://spreadgit.com

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Strange coincidence to bump into you on here, but the demo you gave us the other day was really good! Would definitely recommend others take a look at it. –  Neil Jun 5 at 23:16
Ha, the world is a small place indeed. Thanks, Neil! –  bjoern Jun 7 at 15:16

I would like to recommend our XLTools Version Control Add-In for Excel. It allows you to enable Version History for particular workbook, so all future revisions would be automatically keeped for you. You can also add comments for each revision of the workbook, so you and your collegues can get more sense about the changes later when you review the history.

Add-In requires no special server or anything else. It seamlessly integrated into excel and saves all version history locally on your drive or in a shared folder (if you work with the same document together with your colleagues via shared folder).

For more information, please visit our website: http://xltools.net/excel-version-control

When you click "Save" in Excel, XLTools will ask you to enter some comments (you can also disable it if you do not need any comments):

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Later when you need to see the history you can simply view all revisions, open/save particular revision of the workbook or compare different versions of worksheets: enter image description here

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Is this for Excel only or Word also? –  Joey Jun 25 at 9:13
For now it is only for Excel. But, we plan to release a version for Word in the near future. –  Peter Liapin Jun 25 at 12:07

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