Computer tip: Using File History in Windows 8

File History is a new feature in Windows 8 that allows you to setup a schedule for automatically saving copies of documents located in your Libraries, Contacts, Favorites or SkyDrive to an external drive or network location.  File History can be leveraged for those situations where you need to recover an older version of a particular document that you’ve overwritten.  To turn on File History, use the Control Panel -> File History applet and click the Turn On button.

After you’ve turned on File History, you’ll then be able to further customize your Advanced settings, such as schedule (default is every hour), number of versions (default is all versions) to keep and percentage of disk space (default is 5%) to use for caching changes when your File History location is offline.  In addition, you can Exclude folders that you may not want to include in your File History, perhaps if you have applications that already use built-in versioning to save documents to your Libraries.

When you’re ready to restore files from File History, click the Restore personal files link located on the left panel of the File History applet.

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