Microsoft is Adding Full Version History to OneDrive

Posted on July 19, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in OneDrive with 48 Comments

Microsoft is Adding Full Version History to OneDrive

Answering one of its number one complaints, Microsoft today said that it was enhancing the version history functionality in OneDrive to support all file types, and not just Office documents.

Can I get an amen?

“With these improvements to version history, you can see and restore older versions of all your files in your OneDrive,” the OneDrive team explains. “Previously, version history only supported Office files. Now, version history is compatible with all file types, so you no longer need to worry about your PDFs, CAD files or even your photos and videos getting accidentally edited [as] you’ll always be able to restore or download a previous version.”

This feature has just started rolling out, but don’t get anxious if you don’t see it yet, as it will be fully available to all customers by the end of the summer.

According to Microsoft, the OneDrive version history feature is available only from the web for now. And it will keep older versions of all files for 30 days.

To use the feature, open OneDrive in your browser, navigate to the file in question, right-click, and choose “Version history.”

In the Version History pane that appears, so you will find all of the versions of that file.

Select the version you want and choose “Restore” to replace the current file version. Or choose “Open File” to view or download it first.

Good stuff.