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 Versions, click the file labeled (when I closed without saving).

    Recoving a previously saved document in Word 2013

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

    Restoring a recovered document in Word 2013

    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 Versions > Recover Unsaved Documents in Word, Recover Unsaved Workbooks in Excel, or Recover Unsaved Presentations in PowerPoint.

Recover unsaved documents in Word

  1. Select the file, and then click Open.

Opening recovered unsaved document in Word

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

Saving a recovered file in Word 2013

Applies To: PowerPoint 2013, Office 2010, Word Starter, Word 2010, Excel Starter, Excel 2010, PowerPoint 2010, Excel 2013, Word 2013



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