Know How to Recover Previous Versions of Overwritten Word Documents
Microsoft Word is simply a great word processing application that gives the flexibility of usage and let users create a document, edit and alter the document and finally save it at any destination. Many people have the habit of saving a word document every now and then or you can say with the end of every line they type in the document. It is indeed a good thing to save the recent changes done to a document in MS word. But sometimes this frequent saving thing can make you think that you should have the previous older version of the document. Until and unless you close the word document, the changes can be reverted back using the undo operation on the document. However, once you close a file the changes you save becomes permanent.
To elaborate this, suppose you are working on a document like writing an essay and have spent like hours writing it. And then suddenly you select the whole document and press enter and Ctrl +S combination to save it like you always do and close the document. In such a situation, your complete work of hours gets lost and deleted making you repent. But don't sweat, as there is a way to recover overwritten word documents mainly if you are using XP or Vista version of Windows OS. Both these include a Volume Shadow Copy function that can enable to recover the previous version easily.
Recover Overwritten Word Documents: How to
For the purpose of doing this stuff, just follow the instructions mentioned below in your Windows operating system and you will succeed in recovering the previous version or copy of the lost document contents.
- Launch Windows Explorer
- Browse to the folder or to the destination where you have your overwritten word file.
- After locating it, right click the document name and choose Properties option from the menu.
- Locate and click on the Previous Versions Tab.
- A File Version box will show you several versions of a document. In the case you don't have the idea which version to restore, just select file version and choose View button to see the preview of the file.
- Now that you have identified which version would be the correct to restore, choose that very version and select Copy button so that Windows saves a new copy of that file at a destination.
Here, there is also a Restore button which overwrites the current document with the previous version. But the best would be to opt for the copy button option and make a new copy of that file. In the case, if you do not have the Previous versions tab in the properties box, then the option is disabled in your system. For such a situation, there may be two alternatives first either you try the manual backup and restore method in which you ought to have a backup of the previous file. Or choose a third party docx repair and restore software to recover overwritten word documents.