Recover an earlier version of an Office file

If the AutoRecover option is turned on, you can automatically save versions of your file while you’re working on it. How you recover something depends on when you saved it.

If you’ve saved the file

  1. Open the file you were working on.

  2. Click File > Info.

  3. Under Manage Documents, click the file labeled (when I closed without saving).

    Office 2016 Manage Documents

    Note: This example is from Word. Look for Manage Workbook in Excel or Manage Presentation in PowerPoint.

  4. In the bar at the top of the file, click Restore to overwrite any previously saved versions.

    Office 2016 Restore Documents

    Tip: In Word, you can also compare versions by clicking Compare instead of Restore.

If you haven’t saved the file

  1. Click File > Info > Manage Document > Recover Unsaved Documents in Word, Recover Unsaved Workbooks in Excel, or Recover Unsaved Presentations in PowerPoint.

    Office 2016 Recover Unsaved Documents

  2. Select the file, and then click Open.

    Office 2016 Open Unsaved File

  3. In the bar at the top of the file, click Save As to save the file.

    Office 2016 Save Recovered File

See Also

View historical versions of Office files

What is AutoSave?

View the version history of an item or file in a SharePoint list or library

How does versioning work in a SharePoint list or library

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