Applies to

  • Pro
  • Business
  • Enterprise

Highlight changes made to a sheet

To quickly identify and review the changes that have been made to a sheet, use Highlight Changes.


  • Smartsheet
  • Pro
  • Business
  • Enterprise

Activate Highlight Changes

  1. Open the sheet and select Highlight Changes Highlight Changes button on  the toolbar.

    Highlight Changes window

  2. Move the slider to ON.

  3. Under Highlight changes in the last, select a time interval.

    When you enable the I last viewed the sheet option, you'll see highlighted changes since you last viewed the sheet—anyone else who views the sheet will see changes since they last viewed the sheet.

  4. Select Background Color highlight-changes-background-button to set the highlight color.

  5. Select the X in the upper-right corner of the window to close it and save your settings.

Who sees the highlighting

If you turn Highlight Changes on or off and save the sheet, you turn it on or off for everyone shared to the sheet.

If someone has added a comment, or added or edited attachments in the specified time period, the icon in that row will be highlighted. Changes to the comments are not highlighted.

To review details about the change, including the time the change was made and the email address of the person who made it, right-click on the cell and select View Cell History.

You can set up Notifications to receive email alerts when changes are made to a sheet. Learn more about notifications.

Highlight changes settings

Highlight Changes has eight settings. The settings refresh down to the minute when accessing a sheet. The below table outlines what changes will be highlighted when viewed on 12/12/20 at 6:00 PM.

Highlight changes in the last:

Sheet Viewed on 12/12/23 at 6:00 PM

Sheet Viewed on 12/12/23 at 6:15 PM


since 12/12/23 5:00 PM

since 12/12/23 5:15 PM


since 12/12/23 12:00 AM

since 12/12/23 12:00 AM


since 12/11/23 5:00 PM

since 12/11/23 5:15 PM

Three Days

since 12/09/23 5:00 PM

since 12/09/23 5:15 PM

Seven Days

since 12/05/23 5:00 PM

since 12/05/23 5:15 PM

Thirty Days

since 11/12/23 5:00 PM

since 11/12/23 20 5:15 PM

Custom Date

since (Date Selected) 12:00 AM

since (Date Selected) 12:00 AM

I last viewed this sheet

since the last date and time the sheet is refreshed for the person viewing the sheet.

since the last date and time the sheet is refreshed for the person viewing the sheet.

Highlight Changes Behavior

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