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Sunday 21 February 2016

QUICK TIPS: How to recover overwritten Microsoft Office documents

For life's "Uh-Oh"  moments - here's how to recover that accidentally overwritten Word document. 

I bet you've been there more than once in your life. You have a Microsoft Office document open (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) and you instinctively click the Save button...or better yet, use the Ctrl + s key to save...and then realise you meant to use the Save As feature rather than Save! Uh-oh, that original document has been written over and you can never recover it! But wait, there is hope... 

Many years ago Microsoft realized that being able to recover previous versions of a document was a valuable feature so they incorporated it into all of their programs. You can access these previous versions by following these steps:

1. Open the file that you want to restore to its previous version

2. Click the File tab and click on Info

3. On the right, select the version you want to open from the versions list

4. Click the Restore button when the file opens

There, now won't you sleep more soundly tonight knowing that Microsoft has your back?

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