File History regularly backs up versions of your files in the Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos and Desktop folders and the OneDrive files available offline on your PC. Over time, you'll have a complete history of your files. If the originals are lost, damaged or deleted, you can restore them. You can also browse and restore different versions of your files. For example, if you want to restore an older version of a file (even if it hasn't been deleted or lost), you can browse through a timeline, select the version you want and restore it.
If you haven’t set up a File History drive and turned File History on yet, see Setting up a drive for File History. For information about troubleshooting problems, excluding folders, and changing drives and settings, see What if something goes wrong in File History?
Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Search (or if you're using a mouse, point to the top-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, then click Search), enter restore your files in the search box, then tap or click Restore your files with File History.
Enter the name of file you're looking for in the search box, or use the left and right arrows to browse through different versions of your folders and files.
Select what you want to restore to its original location, then tap or click the Restore button.
If you want to restore your files to a different location than the original, press and hold or right-click the Restore button, tap or click Restore To, then choose a new location.
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