ATOI365D#Office365Challenge This has always been one of my ‘selling points’ for SharePoint – being able to view and restore previous versions of files. Now this ability has been extended to your files in Microsoft Office if hosted on SharePoint or Onedrive.

Day:  338 of 365, 27 left
Tools:  Office 365, Excel 2016, Word 2016, PowerPoint 2016

Description: View and restore historical versions of Office files

Audience:  All


What does Microsoft say:  Office 2016 automatically saves versions of your SharePoint, OneDrive and OneDrive for Business files while you’re working on them. These versions allow you to look back and understand how your files evolved over time and allow you to restore older versions in case you have made a mistake. Read More…

This update was released September 2015.

View previous versions:

This button will only be visible if the file is on SharePoint, OneDrive and OneDrive for Business. Click on the Activity button (top right). The tool pane will open, showing any previous versions and allowing you to click and open them:


Once the older version is open, you can compare versions and even restore versions:


I have not even worked through all the great updates released 2016 or 2015 and I’m already excited to see what Microsoft has up it’s sleeve for 2017. Keep up the good work Microsoft and I’ll continue being your biggest fan.

Overview of my challenge: As an absolute lover of all things Microsoft, I’ve decided to undertake the challenge, of writing a blog every single day, for the 365 days. Crazy, I know. And I’ll try my best, but if I cannot find something good to say about Office 365 and the Tools it includes for 365 days, I’m changing my profession. So let’s write this epic tale of “Around the Office in 365 Days”. My ode to Microsoft Office 365.
Keep in mind that these tips and tricks do not only apply to Office 365 – but where applicable, to the overall Microsoft Office Suite and SharePoint.