How do I find an earlier draft?

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    Hello all,

    I accidentally deleted a post I was working on and then the empty draft saved instead. I can’t find a way to restore the earlier draft. I have read the instructions, but they don’t seem to fit what I see on my screen. I can’t find the links to earlier drafts even though the facility seems to be enabled in my dashboard. Please help!

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    If you created that post using the “Add New” on the main page for here!/post/ then the post revisions may be lost and may not be recoverable.

    If you created the post in your dashboard here > Dashboard > Posts > All Posts > Add New then you may be able to recover an earlier post revision.

    Go to Posts > All Posts, hover over the title of the post, click Edit and check the Post Revisions module for previous saved versions of the post.

    If you’re not seeing the Revisions module while on the editor screen, click Screen Options (top right corner of your Admin page) to activate it. Then select the post and page modules to include them. Then you ought to be able to go here > Dashboard > All Posts > Posts and locate the post and recover it from post revisions.

    If you cannot locate the post for locating and restoring a post revision, and it’s not in your Trash folder then you will not be able to recover it.

    1. Create posts and pages ONLY on your own blog’s dashboard.

    2. When you start a new post, add the title, set it to private and then publish it. When you are done with the post edit it to update it and set it back to publish.

    3. The other choice is to get and use an offline blog client such as Windows Live Writer (Windows) or Ecto (Mac) and then everything is saved on your computer and when you are done with the post, you actually publish it directly from the blog client software. See here for offline blog editors so you don’t have to go through this again


    Thank you VERY much for your swift response. I’ll work through these ideas and let you know if I have success. Thanks again.



    What’s key is where you created the draft.


    Well, thanks to you I worked it out. I’ve rescued a more recent draft – if not the very latest. Seems I didn’t save often enough. There’s a lesson here. I will follow your advice in future. At least I don’t feel quite so despairing now!

    Thanks a lot for that.




    I’m so happy to hear you at least found a useful early revision. You’re welcome.

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