How to Restore Previous Versions of a Word File

You may be able to recover the previous version of a Word document.

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After toiling on a report for hours, you close Word and realize that you forgot to save the file. Perhaps you opened a document intended to be used as a template; you made a few changes and then saved the file, overwriting your template in the process. Before you spend time recreating a Word document from scratch, you can try to recover the previous version of the file.

Start Microsoft Office and click on the File tab. Select Recent in the left pane.

Click Recover Unsaved Documents on the lower right side of the window. The Unsaved Files folder opens.

Select the file you want to restore and click Open. The document opens with a Recovered Unsaved File bar across the top.

Click the Save As button and save the file with a new name in a safe location, such as your desktop or Documents folder.

Open the Word file that you saved and now want to restore to its previous condition.

Click on the File tab and and select Info.

Select the version you want to open in the Versions list. Click the Restore button when the file opens.

If Microsoft Word displays a message warning There Are No Previous Versions of This File, it means no previous versions of the document were auto-saved.

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