How to recover/restore Word Doc to Before Rejecting Changes

Claudia Cisterna 1 Reputation point


I've been writing a document for over a year. Unfortunately, the Tracking was on, and I don't even know how that happened. It must have been accidentally. So every time I open that doc, I had to click on "no mark up, " which annoyed me. I spent hours reading articles online to learn how to stop it completely, and after reading several options that didn't work, I ended up deleting or rejecting the changes (I don't recall which). As you can imagine, the document is a mess. Sentences are mixed up, words are attached to others, and many paragraphs don't make sense. It's hard to explain how I'm feeling right now. Is there a way I could restore the document to the version before delete/reject? I have tried everything, including reviewing history. I clicked the the version I had before the the change and still didn't work. Please and thank you!

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  1. Dillon Silzer 45,381 Reputation points

    Hi @Claudia Cisterna

    The only official way to restore previous versions is to use:

    View previous versions of Office files


    An alternative is to use data recovery backup software, but there is no guarantee that will work either.


    If this is helpful please accept answer.

  2. Emi Zhang-MSFT 16,686 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor

    Hi @Claudia Cisterna ,
    Do you enable the backup features in Word?
    I suggest you refer to this support article about "How to recover unsaved Word documents":

    In my opinion, if these methods don't help you get your documents back, I suggest you save your backup habits regularly.

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