Version Control in OneDrive

Version Control with OneDrive

One of the benefits of saving everything to the cloud is the ability to go back and review or restore previous versions of a document or file.

Read below to find out how.


Restore a previous version of a file in OneDrive

With online version history, you can see and restore older versions of all your files in your OneDrive. Version history works with all file types, including PDFs, CAD files, photos, and videos. If you need to, you might be able to restore deleted OneDrive files or restore deleted SharePoint items from the recycle bin.

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Tip: You can also view and restore earlier versions from within Office 2016 files, such as Word 2016, or open earlier versions of Office files in mobile applications (Menu > History).

  1. Go to the OneDrive website.

    You might need to sign in with your Microsoft account, or your work or school account.

  2. Select the document for which you want to restore an earlier version, and then at the top, select Version history.

    (In Classic view, select the document, then at the top, select More > Version History.)

  3. Do one of the following:
    • If you’re signed in to OneDrive with a Microsoft account, the file opens in a viewer. Select the older version that you want to restore, and then click Restore.

      Screenshot of older versions of a document showing in version history in OneDrive when signed in with a Microsoft account

    • If you’re signed in to OneDrive with a work or school account (with Office 365 business), the Version History pane opens. Select the ellipses () next to the version of the document that you want to restore, and then click Restore.

      Screenshot of restoring a files in OneDrive for Business from the version history in the Details Pane in the modern experience

    • In Classic view or earlier versions of SharePoint Server, 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.

      Select 'Restore' from the drop-down menu for a selected document version

  4. If you see a confirmation message, click OK.
    The document version you selected becomes the current version. The previous current version becomes the previous version in the list.

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