Tech tip - Restoring files using previous file versions

Date: Feb 17, 2021

Tech tip - Restoring files using previous file versions

If you would like to restore a previous file version in Windows 10 you can do this using the File History feature.  Here is how:

The first thing you need to do is enable file history:

  • Click start, select Settings and in settings, select Update & Security
  • On the left-hand-side menu, click on Backup
  • Where it says Add a Drive, if no dive letter is listed, you’ll need to add one, for example, pen drive connected to a USB port.
  • Choose the drive you want to use and select Automatically back up my files.  This enables File History and will toggle to On. This can be toggled to between on and off when not required.
  • The More Options link under the toggle allows you to select the time and frequency of the back-ups to occur, which folders and to select a different target drive.

To Restore previous versions:

  • To Restore a previous version of a file(s), open File Explorer, finding file or folder to restore, right click on the file or folder, select the Restore previous versions
  • Previous versions will be displayed as a list. Select the version you want to restore, select the Open button at the bottom to open it in the associated application or to restore it, select the Restore

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