Recover unsaved documents or return to an earlier version of your document in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Word 2010

Provided by Molly Pell, Senior Systems Analyst

Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint 2010 have a new feature that allows you to recover unsaved documents, even ones that you never saved. This expands on the Autosave feature that was available for years, but unlike earlier versions of MS Office, the automated backups are not deleted when you close your Office host. Additionally, multiple versions of your file are maintained, so that you can return to an earlier version of your document.

To recover an unsaved document, click File, Recent, Recover Unsaved Document, and select the document from the list:

unsaved documents

To return to an earlier version of your document that was saved with Autosave, choose File, Info, and select the desired version of the document from the list:

return earlier versions

A comparison tool allows you to see the differences between the current document and the older version, and accept or reject changes:

compare changes

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