Google Docs Revision History Can Save Your Tail


Get Shift Done: Tips and Tricks

My dog Terri and I were writing a story for the (fictitious) “” website, when she accidentally wiped out half of the text she had written while she was working on her second draft. We (by which I mean I, because I have opposable thumbs) were using Google Docs because of its vaunted collaboration features. And it has auto-save, so even the dumbest puppy can’t forget to save his work.

Auto-save is a great feature most of the time, but when you inadvertently delete half your story with a single pawstroke— suddenly that auto-save feature is not so good.

So, for instance, imagine that the first draft looked something like this.

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