Revert a Document to the Last Saved Version Instantly in Mac OS X

Oct 4, 2012 - 1 Comment

Revert to the last saved version of a file

We’ve all accidentally saved over a crucial file and lost something important, and that’s exactly what the Versions feature of Mac OS X aims to prevent by providing a history of a documents life. Since Mountain Lion, the Versions feature has improved dramatically, and it’s now easier to use and more logical than ever, in particular the new feature that lets you immediately revert any document back to the last saved version of that file:

  • With the changed document open, pull down the File menu
  • Select “Revert to” and choose “Last Saved – (Date & Time)”
  • Confirm reverting to the last saved version and the document will leap back in time

Confirm file version change

The date and time of the last save will be shown, allowing you to easily confirm that’s the file variation you are looking for.

You can still browse through the entire revision history of a given document by going to “Browse All Versions” instead, but the last saved version of a file is the most commonly used and having that as an option makes a lot of sense.

Jumping back to the last saved version even works if you have auto-saving turned off upon document closing, just don’t forget to save at some point otherwise your last version may not be the one you’re looking for.

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Posted by: William Pearson in Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks

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  1. Lauri Ranta says:

    Lion had both Revert to: Last Saved and Browse All Versions… in the versions menu. The file menu had a menu item that either:

    - reverted to the last version if there weren’t other versions (Revert to Saved)
    - showed a dialog about the two options if there were multiple old versions (Revert Document…)

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