View previous versions of Office files

Microsoft Office automatically saves versions of your SharePoint, OneDrive, and OneDrive for Business files while you’re working on them. These versions allow you to look back and understand how your files evolved over time and allow you to restore older versions in case you have made a mistake.

Note: If you're on the semi-annual channel for Office updates you may not see the same Version History features yet. Not sure which version of Office you're on? See What version of Office am I using?

Version history in Office only works for files stored in OneDrive or SharePoint Online. If you don't see this option it's possible your file is stored in a different service or on a local device.

To view historical versions

  1. Open the file you were working on.

  2. Click the File > Info and select View and restore previous versions

    The Manage Versions button lets you restore earlier versions of your document
  3. The Version history tab will open. Click a version to open and view it in a separate window.

  1. Open the file you were working on.

  2. Click File > History > View and restore previous versions.

    View version 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. Click a version to open and view it in a separate window.

  1. Open the file you were working on.

  2. Click the Version History button towards the top right of the window. It looks like a clock.

    The version history button opens the version history pane that lets you select previous versions of your document
  3. Click a version to open and view it in a separate window.

  1. Open the file you want to restore, if it isnʻt already open.

  2. Tap the File button File button towards the top left.

  3. Tap History.

  4. Choose a version from the History pane that opens at left to open it.

To restore a historical version

With the version you want to restore open in your application, click Restore in the message bar at the top of the opened version.

Restore will save your current file as a new version and then replace your current file with the contents of the version you chose to restore.

See Also

What is AutoSave?

Restore a previous version of a document in OneDrive for Business

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