15.12. Version History in Looker Studio
Looker Studio automatically saves your progress as you make changes to your report and maintains a version history. Understanding how to access and manage version history can help you track changes, restore previous versions, and ensure a smooth workflow.
Accessing Version History
To access the version history, click on "File" and then "Version history." If your report is in publishing mode, you can also access it from the dropdown menu. Looker Studio will display a list of available versions, including the timestamp and the person responsible for the changes.
You can preview each version by clicking on it and even navigate through different pages of the report to see how it looked at that time. If you want to restore a previous version, simply click "Restore," and it will become the current version visible to all viewers.
Renaming and Deleting Versions
You can rename any version in the version history to make it easier to identify, such as marking a milestone or an interesting change. To delete a version, click "Delete," but be cautious, as this action is irreversible.
Version History for Reports and Data Sources
Remember that version history for reports and data sources is maintained separately. Restoring a report to a previous version will not automatically restore the data source to its previous state. To view and restore data source versions, go to Looker Studio's home, edit the data source, and access the version history for that data source.
When you restore a previous version, it replaces the current version with the selected one for all pages in the report. Note that the version history does not highlight the specific changes made between versions. To see the differences, you'll need to visually compare the versions.
Understanding and managing version history in Looker Studio is an essential aspect of working with reports, allowing you to track changes, restore previous versions, and maintain a clear workflow.