Compare page versions in SharePoint

Compare page versions in SharePoint

You can see the version history of a modern page or news post and compare versions in SharePoint, including comparing changes visually on the page. You can see when a page was changed and who changed it. You can also see when properties (information about the file) were changed. If you need to, you can restore a previous version or delete a previous version.

Comparing page versions

Note: Some functionality is introduced gradually to organizations that have opted in to the Targeted Release program. This means that you may not yet see this feature or it may look different than what is described in the help articles.

View version history

  1. Go to the page or news post that you want to see a version history for.

  2. At the top of the page, select Page details and then at the bottom of the Page details panel, select Version history.

    Screenshot of the version history link under page details

  3. The Version history pane will display, and you'll see a list of published and saved draft versions.

    Version history pane

    Note: Published versions are considered "major versions" and version numbers always end in a 0 (for example, the first major version would be v1.0) . Saved drafts are considered "minor versions" and end in the number of the draft saved after the last major version (for example, v1.1). A page or news post must be manually saved as a draft (not autosaved) to count as a minor version.

  4. To compare changes between a version and its previous version, select the version you want to compare. You'll see a list of changes made between that version and the previous version.

    To compare changes in non-sequential versions, select a version you want to compare. Then, next to the version you want to compare it to, select the ellipses (...) next to the version and select Compare with selected version.

    Compare with selected version

See a visual comparison of differences between versions on the page

You can see differences highlighted right on a page. Web parts that have had changes made will be surrounded by a colored border which corresponds to the type and description of the change in the version history pane. 

Here's an example of what you'll see:

Viewing changes between versions

Legend

Legend for page diffing
  • Edited web parts are outlined in yellow with an edit pencil icon.

  • Moved web parts are outlined in yellow with an move symbol icon.

  • Deleted web parts will be outlined in red with a trash can icon.

  • Added web parts are outlined in green with a plus (+) icon.

Here's how to do it:

  1. At the top of the Version history pane, slide the toggle for Show version differences on the page to on.

    Toggle to show version differences on the page

  2. To compare changes between a version and its previous version, select the version you want to compare. You'll see the changes made between that version and the previous version.

    To compare changes in non-sequential versions, select a version you want to compare. Then, next to the version you want to compare it to, select the ellipses (...) next to the version and select Compare with selected version.

    Compare with selected version

Note: You can't make changes to a page while viewing the differences on the page.

Restore a version

When you restore a version, it becomes the latest version.

  1. In the Version history pane, find the version you want to restore.

  2. Select the ellipses (...) next to the version and select Restore

    Restore version command

Delete a version

  1. In the Version history pane, find the version you want to delete.

  2. Select the ellipses (...) next to the version and select Delete

    Delete version command

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