How do I track file and folder changes? 

Follow files and folders to get updates in your home page and by email. Subscribe to Atom feeds of files, folders, and most lists to get updates in your browser or feed reader.


About this task

When you follow a file or folder, notifications are sent to your home page when the file or folder is updated. You can also choose to receive updates by email in your email settings. If you choose to receive email from Files, you are emailed with a Subscribe to this file link when someone shares a file with you. Also, you are emailed about any comments on, or changes to, a file after you download it, but this can be disabled by your administrator. See Setting email notification preferences.

Folders, files, and most lists in Files provide feed links. With a standalone feed reader or newer web browsers you can subscribe to those feed links. Your feed reader shows changes when they occur. See Subscribing to a feed.


Procedure

Perform any of these tasks to track file and folder changes:
Option Description
To be notified when a file is added to a folder Open a folder and click Follow.

By default this is selected for folders that you own and deselected for public folders and folders you are a member of.

To be notified when a file is edited or commented on Open the file page and click Follow.

By default this is selected for files that you own and deselected for public files and files you are a member of.

To subscribe to feeds of lists Open the list and at the bottom of the page click the feed link, for example Feed for public files or Feed for these folders. When you subscribe to a list you receive an Atom feed, so have a feed reader on your computer that supports Atom feeds. When the list changes, your feed is updated.

When you pin a folder, you get email notifications when there are changes to the folder.

To see information about a file Open the file page and click the About this File tab at the bottom of the page. You can see when the files was added and last updated; how large it is; and how many times a file has been recommended and downloaded, and how many of those downloads were anonymous users. You can also see which users (not anonymous) downloaded the file.


Parent topic

Files overviews, how-tos, and FAQs

Related concepts
Welcome to Files
Who can work with files?
What happens to my file when someone edits it?


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