Skill Level Beginner
- [Instructor] There's no time to waste when you want to recover a deleted file. In order I recommend that you try these steps. Number one, press ctrl+z. If you just deleted a file, the undo command gets it right back. So I'll delete this file here and press ctrl+z on the keyboard and it's recovered. This trick works only when you immediately undo after you've deleted a file. If you tarry, undo may undo another file operation, a copy or a rename for example.
Number two, check the recycle bin. Open the recycle bin icon on the desktop. Ensure that the files are sorted by date deleted and if you don't see this view click the view tab and ensure that details are chosen. You can click the date deleted header to sort the column by first or last deleted. Now you can search through the freshly deleted files to find the one you want. You must know the file's name or you can check the original location column if you know from which folder it was deleted.
Once you find the file, click to select it. Show the recycle bin tools manage tab and click restore the selected items. This restores the file to its original location. Or if you'd rather just keep the file handy, you can drag it out onto the desktop. From there you can move it to an appropriate location. Oh, and by the way, here's a tip. If you want to disable the delete confirmation warning, click the recycle bin properties button also found on the manage tab.
Remove the check mark by display delete confirmation dialogue; click okay. Then again, if you recover files often, consider keeping the box checked. Number three, if you have file history activated, you can search the archives for an older version of your file. Tap the Windows key and type restore. Choose restore your files with file history. Use the file history window to browse for your file.
For example, open the documents folder here now I can page back through history to look for a certain date where the file might be found. Once located, click to select the file or folder or ctrl+click to select a batch of files and then click the big green restore button. The file should restore immediately if it was deleted, otherwise you see a warning such as this one about replacing existing files. Remember, this feature works only when file history is enabled on your Windows 10 system.
It's a solid feature, one that you should look into, especially as a last resort for recovering a deleted file.