Welcome to Just Answer. What version of Word are you using?JACUSTOMER-15ee1o3p- :I am using 14.1.0 word for macExpert :Open the document that you want to be restoredClick on the "File" tab at the topClick "Info," then choose "Versions." Click on each the files listed until you find the desired version.Click the "Restore" button at the top of the document, located just beneath the standard tool bar.JACUSTOMER-15ee1o3p- :I am using a mac, there is no info buttonExpert :One moment pleaseAre you using Windows 7?JACUSTOMER-15ee1o3p- :no im using Word Mac OSX version 10.6.8Expert :Do you have Time Machine Backup?JACUSTOMER-15ee1o3p- :NoExpert :Okay follow thisOpen the folder where your overwritten or deleted file was located in the Finder. If it was on the desktop , simply close all other windows.JACUSTOMER-15ee1o3p- :ok so close all other word documents and open the document from where it was saved on the desktop?Expert :in the docking station, you don't have Time MachineOr it may be in the Applications FolderJACUSTOMER-15ee1o3p- :I don't think soWhere do i find it if it isn't highlighted in the right upper corner?It says it has never been set upExpert :So it doesn't do anything when clickedJACUSTOMER-15ee1o3p- :It says it is "off" time machine not configuredExpert :I'm sorry, but without the Time Machine set I don't believe you can revert back to the previous version of the document. If it were, it would be a snap to get it backJACUSTOMER-15ee1o3p- :There is no way to find the old word file with autorecover etc?Expert :one moment pleaseIt is worth trying I suppose, but Auto Recovery is for files that do not get savedtry looking in this directory on the Mac/Users/username/Documents/Microsoft User Data/Office version AutoRecovery/Autorecovery save of filenameJACUSTOMER-15ee1o3p- :File is emptyExpert :I'm sorry to hear that. I am out of recommendationsI did all I could. You may want to start using the Time Machine from this point thoughI am sorry we couldn't get the file back. I will Opt Out in case there is another expert who may have other ideas
Sadly, without a Time Machine backup, there is no way to recover the file that was written over. You can try recovery software (which I can provide some links to) but usually, when you save over a document (if it was the same size or smaller, it will actually write over those blocks on the hard drive itself. If the document was larger, you may still have a chance for recovery. Is this something you would be interested in?