Restore a Previous Version of a File

Published: May 20th, 2016

Category: Computer Help, File Storage

If you find that an important file is missing or has been overwritten, you may be able to retrieve a previous version without contacting the IT office.

To restore an earlier version of an overwritten file on a Windows machine, right click on the file and select “Restore previous versions.”



When you’ve found an earlier version you want to use, you can Open the file, Copy the file to a new location, or Restore, which will replace the file with the earlier version in the same location.



Alternately, you can open previous versions of folders as well. This is helpful if the file has been moved or deleted. First, right click on the folder where the file used to be and select “Restore previous versions”.



Find a date and time when the desired file may be there and select Open.



This will open a snapshot of that folder in a new window. From here, you can open the file as you normally would. If it has what you are looking for, you can then copy the file to wherever it is needed.


If you need to restore from previous version while using a Mac, these instructions should work from the terminal server.