How to Recover a Previous Version of a Word File

You don't have to use Microsoft Word if you want to recover a previous version of a file created using that software. Windows has native support for the recovery of a previous version of a file, available directly from that particular file's "Properties" utility. Using Windows Explorer, you can recover the previous version of a Microsoft Word document in a matter of seconds.

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Right-click on the Word document you'd like to restore to a previous version.

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Click "Properties."

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Click the "Previous Versions" tab.

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Click once on the listing for the previous version of the Word document you'd like to recover.

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Click the "Restore" button to restore your Word document back to the selected version.