How to Recover An Earlier or Previous Version of Excel, Word

Tracy King updated on Jul 02, 2019 to File Recovery | How-to Articles

Summary

Don’t worry if you saved over an Excel or Word by mistake. This page will show you how to effortlessly recover an earlier version of Excel/Word on Windows 10/8/7 and you can just follow offered methods here in this page to restore Excel or Word to an earlier version so to get lost data back now.

How do I recover a previous version of Excel or Word after saving files

"Does anyone know how to recover an earlier version of an excel spreadsheet or word document after saving as a file?
Is it possible to recover a saved-over Excel or Word to a previous version? I got a very important Excel sheet saved by mistake yesterday after deleting some useful data. So I want to know whether I can still get the file restored back to an earlier build? And how about to restore saved Word file to a previous version?"

Quick Fix: Press Ctrl + Z to recover Excel/Word document to an earlier version

If you've saved over an Excel or Word document by mistake, and haven't close the file yet, you can directly press: Ctrl + Z on your keyboard so to revert saved Excel/Word file to an earlier build.

If you've already closed the Excel or Word document after saving as a file, don't worry. You can try either one of the offered methods below to restore the previous version of Excel/Word on Windows 10/8/7 with ease now:

PAGE CONTENT:
Restore an earlier version of Excel/Word with File Explorer
Restore the previous version of Excel/Word from .TMP file
Recover earlier version of Excel/Word with Microsoft Office built-in tool
Restore previous version of Excel/Word files deleted days or weeks ago
Notice:
Method 1, 2, 3 will guide you to manually restore  previous  version of Excel/Word on Windows PC. If you've deleted the earlier file of an Excel or Word document, you can apply Method 4 to restore to the previous version of Excel/Word files deleted days or weeks ago.

Method 1. Restore an earlier version of Excel/Word with File Explorer

Step 1. Open File Explorer and locate the Excel/Word file;
Step 2. Right-click on the Excel or Word file and select Properties;
Step 3. Click the Previous Version tab, find and the earlier version of Excel or Word file;
Step 4. Click Restore to get an earlier version of Excel/Word file back.

Method 2. Restore the previous version of Excel/Word from .TMP file

Microsoft Office has this feature that it would automatically save temp files for the file that you are editing. So you can try to find the .TMP file to get an earlier version of Excel or Word file back:

1. Follow the temp file folder location on your PC and find the Excel/Word temp files with .TMP extension:

  • For Windows 7 users:

C:\Users\name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Excel\ or C:\Users\name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Word\

  • For Windows 8/10 users:

C:\Users\\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Office\UnsavedFiles\
2. Locate and find the temporary excel or word files begin with "$" or "~" and end with “.TMP”, select the right version of Excel/Word temp file by date, then copy and save to another safe spot by changing the extension from .TMP to .XLS/.XLSX or .DOC/.DOCX.

Method 3. Recover earlier version of Excel/Word with Microsoft Office built-in tool

If you've saved the file, try below tips to restore Excel/Word to an earlier version:
Step 1. Open the file you are working on;
Step 2. Go to File and click Info;
Step 3. Under Manage Documents, click the file labeled (When I closed without saving).

Recover earlier version of Excel/Word.

Step 4. In the bar at the top of the file, click Restore to overwrite any previously saved versions.

Restore previous version of Excel/Word.

If you haven't saved the file, try below guidelines to get Excel/Word file earlier version back:

1. Click File > Info > Manage Document > Recover Unsaved Documents in Word/Recover Unsaved Workbooks in Excel;

Restore unsaved excel or word earlier version.

2. Select the file and click Open;
3. In the bar at the top of the file, click Save As to save the file.

Restore previous version of Excel or Word.

Method 4. Restore the previous version of Excel/Word files deleted days or weeks ago

If you've already deleted the earlier build of Excel or Word file days or weeks ago, don't worry. All you need is just a powerful file recovery freeware for help.

EaseUS Data Recovery Free Edition will get the deleted previous version of Excel or Word file from your PC or storage devices by simple clicks. Just follow to see how to get your lost previous Excel/Word file back now:

STEP 1. Launch EaseUS Office file recovery software on your computer.

STEP 2. Your hard drives, as well as external hard drives, will be detected and displayed on the disk map. Choose the exact location where you lost the Office files and click the Scan button.

select the office file location

STEP 3. The software will start a quick scan after you click the Scan button, and very soon the deleted files will show up.

Note: if your Office files were lost due to deletion, you can check the "Deleted files" result right now even the scan has not finished yet.

scan lost office files

STEP 4. If you can't find the targeted files during the scan, try to find it in the results in each section after the scan is complete.

Note: The "Extra Files" result is especially helpful if the Office files were deleted a long time ago, which might have lost the file names and file paths.

STEP 5. Select the Office files (e.g. Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and click the Recover button.

select office files and recover

 

 
 

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