That sinking feeling It is very familiar to many when you realize that you have saved a version of a file you need or inadvertently lost some important information in a recent document revision. In the past, your best bet was to rebuild from memory, but the rise of cloud services and automatic backups have made it easier than ever to restore a previous version of the files you need.
Here’s how to recover previous document versions from some of the top apps and services. We explain how to recover files from backups of different operating systems. If you don’t already have a backup routine, it’s time to read our guide on how to backup your digital life.
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Recover files from Microsoft OneDrive, Office or Windows
Before we run your options here, you should know that in order to recover previous versions of files from Microsoft’s Windows or Office suite, you need a backup to draw them. If you haven’t set up a backup on Windows or with OneDrive, you’re probably out of luck.
If you use Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud storage service to store your files online, recovering previous versions is easy. Here’s how:
- Open OneDrive in your browser.
- Find the file you want and right click on it.
- To like Version history From the drop-down list.
- Click and select the ellipse (…) or arrow next to the version you want Restore.