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.

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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. Nov 3, 2012 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, 2012 at 11:48
  • Thanks. In Ask Different Chat: chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/message/6752019#6752019 Nov 3, 2012 at 13:01
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    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. Nov 3, 2012 at 16:07

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.



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


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, 2014 at 23:16
  • Ha, the world is a small place indeed. Thanks, Neil! Jun 7, 2014 at 15:16

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