Overwritten a word file!
That is what happens when you inadvertently save something that you did not intend to. If you have an overwritten a Word file and haven’t saved any older copies of the file under different file names, there could be a hipe depending upon if Windows has saved a previous version of the file to restore to.
These previous versions are either created by Windows Backup, or saved as part of a Windows restore point.
The number of available previous versions will depend on whether or not the Windows Backup and/or Windows Restore services are running, and if so, how frequently you back your computer up.
- Click “Start,” and then double-click on “Computer.”
- Double-click on the drive containing your overwritten file, and browse out to its location
- Right-click on the Word file, and select “Restore previous versions.” A list of available items will populate, along with their locations.
- Click on the version you’d like to restore, and click “Restore . . .”
What if you do not see any previously-stored version?
If you don’t see any previous versions for your file, it could be due to many possible causes.
It could be because the drive of your back up is not plugged in or simply file was not backed up befor it was written.
Another cause may be that system protection may not be enabled for the drive.
System Protection needs to be enabled to achieve retrieval of overwritten file.
To enable System Protection
- Right-click “Computer,”
- Choose “Properties.”
- Click “System Protection” on the left
- Select the appropriate drive letter, and then click “Configure.”
- Finally, click “Restore system settings and previous versions of files” and hit “Ok.”
Enabling this option would help you to restore the documents in future situations only.
Doing so will not enable you to restore your document this time, but it will enable you to do so in the future if you ever have the need.
So it must be remembered that if you don’t use Windows Backup, and you don’t have System Protection enabled on the drive containing your data, you will not be able to restore your Word file in Windows 7