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How do you clear a document's history?

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Under the NTFS file system, switching the save history off and then saving the file works. I'd expect other file systems to be the same, but I've been wrong before!  I don't believe there's any way of doing it "directly" (switching it off strikes me as being pretty direct :)).

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17 hours ago, PhotoJoseph said:

How do you clear it? Just turn it off and back on?

Just turn it off & save the document. That removes any saved history from it. If you turn it back on after opening the file again, only the history steps recorded afterwards will be saved.

 

IOW, whenever you save the document, the save or don't save history setting in effect at that time will be applied to the file.

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3 hours ago, IanSG said:

 (switching it off strikes me as being pretty direct :)).

Fair enough. I specific command "clear document history" would be welcome though, as that's explicit and not a workaround. And fewer steps. But yes, this works too!

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1 hour ago, PhotoJoseph said:

Fair enough. I specific command "clear document history" would be welcome though, as that's explicit and not a workaround. And fewer steps. But yes, this works too!

The history is saved in the document file only if & when "Save history with document" is enabled on the File menu. That menu item is not a workaround; in effect it is the specific command for this.

 

That is because unless you save the document with it enabled the history is not saved as a part of the document file -- it only exists in memory & uses no file space. So there is no point in a "clear document history" command. It would not do anything the existing menu item does not already do, other than to defeat the purpose of the History panel by deleting from memory the data that feature must access to function. 

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