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OneDrive for Business creates a version history of a document that comes in handy, especially when you are in a pinch. For example, someone may accidentally delete a paragraph and you want to recover it. The Version History feature of OneDrive for Business can be a life-saver.

Use the Version History feature of OneDrive for Business to locate lost text

  1. In OneDrive for Business, select a document.

  2. Click the Open Menu (...) and then click Version History.

  3. In the Version History dialog box, click the previous version, which opens in a new window.

    The OneDrive for Business Version History dialog box
  4. Locate the deleted paragraph, copy it, and then close the new window.

  5. Open the latest version of the document, and then paste the paragraph back.

Restore a previous version of a document to the current version (Extra credit!)

  1. In OneDrive for Business, select a document.

  2. Click the Open Menu (...) and then click Version History.

  3. In the Version History dialog box, select the arrow next to the version of the document that you want to restore, and then click Restore.

  4. In the confirmation message, click OK.

How to instructions for your device

Note: The ability to use Version History is not currently supported on any mobile device by using the OneDrive app.

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Meet the OneDrive for Business Next Generation Sync Client

Which OneDrive sync client am I using?

We just discovered a problem with the document.

Earlier, Brian added a key paragraph to the document, but now it’s missing. He thinks he accidentally deleted it.

Fortunately, we can quickly fix this by using the OneDrive History feature.

In OneDrive for Business, I select the Packaging Design document.

I click the Open menu and then click Version History.

In the Version History dialog box, I click the previous version.

We find the wayward paragraph in the previous version and copy it. Then we can paste it back into the current version.

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