Previous versions of files and folders

Previous versions are either copies of files and folders created by Windows Backup or copies of files and folders that Windows automatically saves as part of a restore point. You can use previous versions to restore files and folders that you accidentally modified or deleted, or that were damaged. Depending on the type of file or folder, you can open, save to a different location, or restore a previous version. To restore a Previous version you will need to use a Windows computer.

Retrieve previous versions of a file or folder

  1. Right-click the folder you want to restore your file from
  2. Select Properties from the menu
  3. In the properties window select the Restore previous versions tab
  4. You'll see a list of available previous versions of the file or folder. The list will include files saved on a backup as well as restore points
  5. Select the previous version you want to look at and click Open to preview the file or folder
  • A Copy option is available but we recommend using Open to check that you have the right versions of your file before copying it
  • If your computer has the Restore option available, you should not use it as it will overwrite any current versions of files and folders
  1. Once you have found the correct version of your file/folder, you can then copy it either to its original location or to a new location.

Tip: If you are restoring multiple documents, or whole folders you should copy them to a new location. Try creating a new folder called Restore and copying your files there.