Saving Document Versions

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated March 10, 2014)


Depending on your experience with developing complex documents, you may already be familiar with version control. Many companies maintain separate versions of a document at different benchmarks during the development process. For instance, one saved version may be at the first draft stage, another at the second draft stage, and still another at the public comment stage.

In the past, you may have needed to save different versions of your document in different files. Word supports saving multiple versions of your documents within a single file. This can be handy if you need to see a revision history of your document, and it may make your document management chores a bit easier.

To save a version of your document, follow these steps:

  1. Choose Versions from the file menu. Word displays the Versions dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  2. Figure 1. The Versions dialog box.

  3. Click on the Save Now button. Word displays the Save Version dialog box. (See Figure 2.)
  4. Figure 2. The Save Version dialog box.

  5. Enter any comments you want associated with this version. (A good idea is to indicate why you are saving the version.)
  6. Click on OK. Word saves the version.

The version saved by Word is essentially a snapshot of how your document looks when the version was saved. Edits you make to the document in the future do not interfere with the saved version.

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Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...


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What is six more than 8?

2018-03-15 02:40:48


I can not find this window in file menu. how can i reach that?

2017-01-13 16:19:40

Gregory Norton

There is no Versions in the file menu of Word 2010.

2016-08-25 12:00:23

Rudra Kumar Thakur

Thanks. It's been helpful. But i want this for MS Office 2007 version.

2015-08-25 15:59:33


Correct, this feature is long gone. This comment applies to v.2003 and earlier, so is now 12 years out of date! (However in Word 2013 you can use File > Info Manage Versions (button) to locate old prior versions but you cannot save versions any longer.) Save the same file with needed info in the file name (e.g., internal_verson_3_08-25-2015)

2012-05-28 08:07:58


You can't. The versioning feature was dropped in Word 2007.

2012-05-27 09:58:43

Leonard Berkowitz

How does one do this in Word 2007/2010?

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