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I have an InDesign file that I've been working on that is stored in my Google Drive folder. I am trying to restore it to a previous version.

However I see no option for it based on what I read online... all I see is the following:

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Do I really have to download it manually and then move it into my Drive folder, only to end up syncing it again?

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While it's easy to do for Google files, Google Drive's support documentation says in reference to non-Google files that

Only the most recent versions of past documents will be saved, unless you click Keep forever.

So you probably won't be able to get the old version for that file.


The closest you can get for this type of file is looking at the i ("View details") in the top right. It will show you uploads, deletions, etc. and you may be able to find something useful to you there.

  • I managed to get the old file just fine... is Google saying that it will only keep the current version of the file? The one I restored was several versions old, from the day before – pealo86 Jun 22 '17 at 17:47
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    According to the wording in the quote above, it could keep a couple recent copies, not just the most recent, but it's not explicitly clear – Zach Saucier Jun 22 '17 at 20:06
  • Google's information does seem strangely open to interpretation! I suppose it must be saying that it won't store every version of a file – pealo86 Jun 23 '17 at 19:14

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