View previous versions of Office files

View previous versions of a file

Version history in Office only works for files stored in OneDrive or SharePoint Online. For more info, see Save a document to your OneDrive.

  1. Open the file you want to view.

  2. Click File > Info > Version history

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

  4. If you want to restore a previous version you've opened, select Restore.

  1. Open the file you want to view.

  2. Go to 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. Select the Info button on the navigation pane and see if you can access Version History there.

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

  1. Open the file you want to view.

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

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

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

  1. Open the file you want to view.

  2. Go to File > Info > Version History.

  3. Select a version to open it.

  4. If you want to restore a previous version you've opened, select Restore.

Note: If you sign in with a personal Microsoft account, you can retrieve the last 25 versions. If you sign in with a work or school account, the number of versions will depend on your library configuration.

SharePoint Online versioning

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