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Excel Version History Feature

If you’ve ever opened a spreadsheet to discover that you made an error and saved the file, you know how aggravating this can be.

Version History allows you to go back in time and revert those errors.

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What is Excel Version History?

For years, Excel users have been able to collaborate on shared workbooks.

By making it possible for multiple users to work together on a single file, Microsoft unlocked countless ways to boost efficiency and productivity.

Version History was one of them, allowing users to review and roll back to a previous version of their file.

Depending on the sensitivity and confidentiality of the data you work with, you could save much more than only your time and effort.

When collaborating with others in an Excel spreadsheet, you can’t natively only select a few cells with specific people and other cells with another set of people.

It’s an all or nothing game since you can only set limits at the tab level and not at the recipient level unless you create a replica of your spreadsheet for each collaborator.

When working together in the same spreadsheet, it’s only natural that errors creep in, and you will need to revert to a previous version of your file.

Welcoming Co-Authoring Features

With Office 365 the practice has evolved from “sharing” files within a workplace environment to “co-authoring” them online.

Unless you’re committed to traditional sharing or require specific functionality that exists only with shared workbooks, it’s generally a good idea to adapt to the changing times. And the future, according to Microsoft, is co-authoring.

Version history with co-authoring is not as detailed as when sharing a workbook in older Excel versions.

However, you can still view a list of previously saved versions and restore the file to an earlier version.

This can save your skin if you run into serious troubles (turn the clock back in time by restoring to an earlier version), but longtime Excel power users may be frustrated by the lack of detail.

The problem is that you need everyone else to use the same Excel version and co-authoring features; otherwise, Version History is unavailable, and your file gets locked.

In the same way, if you’re working on the file in OneDrive, and a colleague has it open in Microsoft Teams or SharePoint, you’re likely headed for trouble.

How can Layer Help With Version History in Excel?

Layer is a web app that works across Excel files and Google Sheets. It extends the collaboration capabilities of both spreadsheet platforms.

With Layer you keep working in Excel but use Layer whenever you need to collaborate with others, collect or share data.

Layer offers the ability to control the access to your spreadsheet to the cell level - allowing different users to see or edit different parts of your spreadsheet.

You can also track and review every change others do, deciding to accept them or not, preventing collaboration errors from creeping in.

Ultimately, you can revisit and roll back to previous versions as you wish with just a few clicks.

Keep reading to learn more about how you can easily install and begin using Layer at your company.

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Collaborate in Excel Like Never Before

Layer is a web app That Works on top of Your Existing Excel Files and Google Sheets.

Share parts of your spreadsheet, collect and consolidate data, and review changes to make collaboration seamless and more efficient while keeping full control over your data.

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Managing and maintaining spreadsheets is very time-consuming and often consists of nothing but dull data operations.

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Keep Your Files Error Free

Spreadsheets are fragile. Errors slip in easily and are hard to detect. On top of that, they can be very costly.

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Most companies store some of their most essential data in spreadsheets. Unfortunately, most of those are unconnected data silos.

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It's extremely easy to get started with an intuitive interface. Simply upload or connect your files and start sharing!


Manage Access

Work across filetypes and manage the access to your spreadsheets down to the cell level.

Manage Access Down To Cell Level

Grant Access Down to the Cell Level

Work Across Excel, GSheets or Layer Sheets

Add or Remove Co-Owners and Collaborators

Lock and Unlock Cells

Option to Require Sign In

Track and Review

Define, assign & monitor tasks. Keep discussions, actionable feedback, or context all in one place.

Manage Access Down To Cell Level

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Revist and Revert Previous File Versions

Review, Accept or Reject Changes

Collaborate and Communicate

Spot changes quickly. Accept or reject them, keep previous file versions and restore them if needed.

Manage Access Down To Cell Level

Smart Chat

Contextual Activity History

Set Deadlines

Define and Assign Tasks

Track Task Progress

Success Stories

Leading companies worldwide use Layer to help them save time
on collaborative processes using spreadsheets.

Elliot Comite Ironclad

Elliot Comite

Finance Lead

Using Layer as a core platform for sharing data and collaboration helped make our reporting workflows 10x faster. We get some of the same processes done in a tenth of the time.

Charlotte Kelly Butternut

Charlotte Kelly

FP&A Manager

Personally, Layer reduced my stress levels quite a lot. Overall, it improved the data collation aspect and significantly reduced the manual errors as a result of copying and pasting data between different spreadsheets.

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Step 2

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and assign tasks

Step 3

Collaborate, review
and consolidate data

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