Accessing OneDrive Sync version history in Finder, File Explorer, and OneDrive Activity Feed

Being able to easily access version history on files is a real benefit, especially when it comes to files stored on OneDrive. Now you can get to the version history in your synced OneDrive files using tools like File Explorer. This helps you avoid having to go into OneDrive on the browser to figure out if you need to restore an earlier version of a file. Here’s how it works…

In this example, I have my OneDrive Sync file location opened up, and I’m viewing the Presentations folder. I’m looking at my Game Of SharePoint Migrations presentation that is stored locally (that’s the green checkmark icon… it has to be local and not just a cloud icon which means it’s only stored in the cloud):

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Home 
resentatlons 
Share 
View 
P resentations 
Presentations 
Name 
GameOfShareP ointMigrationsWinterIsComing202D0527.pptx 
Available on this device 
o 
OneDrive 
Sea rch Presentations 
Status 
Date modified 
5/26/2020 8:17 AM 
Type 
Microsoft Powerl 
116 items 
I item selected 20.0 MB

When I right-click on the file, I have the option to view Version history:

Machine generated alternative text:
Home 
OneDrive 
P resentations 
Share 
View 
ntatio ns 
Presentations 
Name 
GameOfSharePoin 
Available on this device 
o 
OneDrive 
Sea rch Presentations 
Status 
Date modified 
5/26/2020 & 17 AM 
Type 
Microsoft Powerl 
Print 
Share 
View online 
ersion history 
always keep on this device 
Free up space 
116 items 
I item selected 
20.0 MB

When I select that option, I get a pop-up panel that lists all the version history for that file:

Machine generated alternative text:
Version history "GameOfSharePointMigrations... 
Version history 
GameOfSharePointMi ...oming20200527 .pptx 
-17 minutes ago 
20.1 MB 
Modified by Duff, Thomas 
May 19, 202012:26 PM 
19.1 MB 
Modified by Duff, Thomas 
May 19, 2020 11:31 AM 
19.1 MB 
Modified by Duff, Thomas 
May 18, 2020 08:57 AM 
10.7 MB 
Modified by Duff, Thomas

When I click on the Ellipsis icon for any of the versions, I have the option to delete the version, download the version, or make it the most current version via the Restore option:

Machine generated alternative text:
Version history "GameOfSharePointMigrations... 
Version history 
GameOfSharePointMi ...oming20200527 .pptx 
-17 minutes ago 
20.1 MB 
Modified by Duff, Thomas 
May 19, 202012:26 PM 
19.1 MB 
Modified by Duff, Thomas 
May 19, 2020 11:31 AM 
19.1 MB 
Modified by Duff, Thomas 
May 18, 2020 08:57 AM 
10.7 MB 
Modified by Duff, Thomas 
Restore 
Download 
Delete

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