If I add version to my documents and later on want to retrieve copy of an older version, how do I do that without restoring the older version? In my document library there is a file "test" that has two versions. How do I download the earlier version without restoring the older version?

  • Komal, that answer worked a treat! How nice to have things like this... so obvious in the GUI. Cheers! Mar 18, 2021 at 15:50

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Here's the screenshot

Sorry for localized version - it's a history list. Note marked link and url in status bar - it's archived version. So you can simply download.


Although when you hover over the Modified On value there is a dropdown list, the Save option isn't there. To save, right click on the Modifed On value and choose Save As. This will save the document version itself

  • Hi, I just found this answer and I do not think I understand it. Where can you just download the old version? I can't seem to find that option in SP2007.
    – Alpha
    Aug 31, 2012 at 20:57
  • Hi! AFAIK it's the same in the 2007 version. But does version control enabled in your list? It's disabled by default and you need to enable it on the list settings page before you will be able to view the versions history. office.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint-server-help/…
    – Alex Boev
    Sep 1, 2012 at 18:54
  • My bad, I couldn't see the image at the moment I read the response so it didn't make sense to me. Now that I see it with the image attached I understand it. Thank you!
    – Alpha
    Sep 3, 2012 at 20:33
  • But when I open the drop-down, I get "version history", and select. Next level down, I get a time-stamped list of the history of docs (so far, so good). However, if I select the drop-down for one of the versions, it offers to "restore" where all I want to do is "read" -- I don't get a download option and I don't want to restore the old version in front of the current version. Is there something wrong with site settings or is it user error?
    – mobibob
    Sep 24, 2012 at 17:44
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    You don't need to open the dropdown - just click on the link I've highlighted in red.
    – Alex Boev
    Sep 25, 2012 at 14:59

Right click on version link [Ex: 14.11.2011 12:57] and open in new browser, pop up comes up with open/save option.Click on save button to save the specified version of the document.

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