I would like to restore a previous version of file that has been saved. My computer has crashed during work on one of the Files in Notepad++. When I started it again it went blank and a few days of my work are basically gone.

Is there any way to restore it?

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I know this question is ancient, but I thought someone would benefit from my solution. I had NP++ crash while trying to save my file and the result was losing not only the changes but the original file as well. I did some digging around in the directory structure of my user account (C:\users\<user>\) and found that there is a handy temporary folder for NP++. It had the copy of my file which was to be written to the disk.

Check this location if you have the same problem and are using Windows 7: C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Roaming\Notepad++\backup

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    This saved me from hours or rebuilding a page that I thought was gone for good! thanks!!
    – klewis
    Feb 12, 2015 at 22:51
  • no backup folder at said path :(
    – VeKe
    Dec 28, 2015 at 6:51
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    In Windows 7, the quickest way to get to the backup folder is by entering "%AppData%\Notepad++\backup" in an Explorer window address bar. Aug 24, 2016 at 18:04

Notepad++ does have file versioning.

In Settings > Preferences > Backup there is an option "Verbose backup".

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This saves a new copy of the file into the "Custom Backup Directory". The current date/time is appended to the filename.

With "Simple backup" just the previous version of the file is saved.

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    Settings > Preferences > Backup tab > Click Verbose Backup This will time stamp a copy of your file every time you save.
    – Mr.X
    May 15, 2016 at 9:24
  • The saved file has a .bak extension which can be opened by any text editor. Sep 20, 2021 at 19:53

Check Windows previous versions, right click, Properties, Previous Versions

Previous Versions


I encounter a similar problem, where I overwrote an important file in Notepad++ and thankfully I was able to go to the file location, I right-clicked on the file, and selected "restore previous versions". From there I chose the latest version prior to the override and everything looks good for me.


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