With the ability to change your site on the go from anywhere — as well as the ability to have others do it too — it’s only so long before something goes wrong. Due to this, version control is more important than ever for collaboration platforms. Fortunately, SharePoint has a simple version control system implemented that allows users to restore their site (in its entirety) to be restored.
- Open your SharePoint site
- Open your SharePoint site’s contents
- Open Site Pages
- Right click the site page you wish to revert
- Select Version History
- Click dropdown arrow for the version you’d like to revert to
- Click restore
This post aims to elaborate on how you can restore a SharePoint page to a prior version. Please note that to do so requires you to have had a prior version of the current page to revert back to. We’ll additionally be talking about what exactly version control is and how it’s useful.
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Restoring a SharePoint page to a previous version
Step 1 – Navigate to your SharePoint site’s contents
- Once you’ve got your SharePoint site open, click the cog icon in the top right and select Site contents from the dropdown it will produce.
Step 2 – Open Site Pages from your Site contents
- Close to the bottom of your contents you’ll find Site Pages. Follow the link (it will likely open in a new window)
Step 3 – Access your desired page’s version history
- Right click on the page you wish to revert. This will produce a context menu, from which we may access Version history.
Step 4 – Select restore from your intended version’s dropdown menu
- When hovering over each version’s link you’ll notice a downwards arrow appearing by the links. Click it to open a dropdown menu. Click the Restore option.
- You will be asked to confirm this choice by clicking OK
Step 5 – Publish your changes
- Changes won’t be made visitable to everyone else until you republish your restored site, officialise the changes.
A brief introduction to version control and how it can be used to restore a SharePoint page.
What is version control
Version control is the management of versions of a product or workpiece. This works by tracking every change made to the workpiece and logging it within a timeline, from which we can review each change- and revert back to previous versions if something goes wrong.
Why should I use version control
If you’ve had to follow our walkthrough, then you evidently need it. Regardless, using version control is useful for demonstrating project progress overtime, or potentially saving yourself from a future mistake.
Where is version control used
Version control is used just about everywhere in terms of digital content production. When writing, or even coding version control applications like GIT allow creators to track every change made to files within a directory, and revert back to old versions when required. Similarly, version control may be used with art tools in a more subtle way. Like allowing you to scroll through event history and revert to a version of the work prior to said events having occurred.
This time we’ve learnt to restore our SharePoint site pages to past versions via SharePoint’s version control mechanics. We’ve also learnt what version control is, why we should use version control and where version control is used (outside of SharePoint).
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