View previous versions of Office files

To view historical versions

Version history in Office only works for files stored in OneDrive or SharePoint Online.

  1. Open the file to work with.

  2. Click File > Info > Version history

  3. In the Version history pane, select a version to open and view it in a separate window.

  1. Open the file to work with.

  2. Goto File > History.

    Word 2016 File > History

    Note: If you don't see History on your navigation pane it's possible that you actually have a subscription version of Office. Click the Info button on the navigation pane and see if you can access Version History there.

  3. A list of your versions will appear in a panel.

  4. Select a version to open and view it in a separate window.

  1. Open the file to work with.

  2. If you're using Office 365 for Mac click the name of the document on the title bar of the application, then select "Browse Version History".

    Clicking the document title allows you to rename the file or see version history

    If you're using Office 2016 or 2019 for Mac, click File > Browse Version History.

  3. Select a version to open and view it in a separate window.

If the file you want to restore isn't already open

  1. Select the file you want to restore in the OneDrive files list in your browser.

  2. Select Version History on the ribbon towards the top of the screen.

    The version history button on the ribbon in OneDrive

If you want to restore a file you have open in the app

  1. Go to File > Info.

  2. Select Version History

SharePoint versioning

If you work in a SharePoint environment you have some powerful versioning tools at your fingertips. SharePoint libraries offer version tracking, sharing, and recycle bin storage when you delete something. For more info on versioning in SharePoint, see:

How does versioning work in a SharePoint list or library

Restore a previous version of an item or file in SharePoint

Enable and configure versioning for a list or library

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