We’re sure everyone has regretted deleting a file before. This be a project, a folder, and in this case, a design file. Maybe you deleted it by accident, or maybe you just realized you needed that file.
But you don’t need to worry. Figma does allow restoring deleted files, for any time being. Figma also allows you to see the Version History for a particular project, so you can view & restore previous drafts of your file.
Read on to find out how to restore a deleted file in Figma, and how to access Version History for your project.
1. The first method is the quick one – you can use this the next time you delete a file.
As soon as you delete a file, a small panel shows up at the bottom of your screen.
You just click undo, and the file will automatically be in your drafts again.
2. The second method is useful for files that have been deleted for a while. This time you’ll need to navigate to the Deleted section in Figma.
To do this, first go to your Drafts.
At the top of the screen, there are two sections. Drafts, and Deleted. Click on Deleted.
Here, you can see all the files you’ve ever deleted. If you want, you can arrange them by date, or by file type. This can help you find the file you want faster.
To restore the file you will right-click on it, and choose Restore from the options.
And that’s it! Your file will now be in your Drafts/Recents again.
Figma does allow you to access previous drafts of your projects. And quite easy too.
1. Open the project.
2. Click on the Main Menu (Figma icon) on the top left side of your screen.
3. Click on File > Show Version History from the options.
4. Click any past version from your recent saves.
It’s worth noting that if you haven’t saved any versions manually, these will be only the autosaved drafts of your project.
If you want to add to version history while editing, press Ctrl + Alt + S. Or just follow the path Main menu > File > Save to version history.
Saving previous drafts throughout the editing process can be very useful for you. It will save you plenty of time if you later want to access older versions of your project, or if you can’t decide between multiple ideas.
You’ll need to access the Version History (Main menu > File > Show version history).
Then, right-click on any of the versions you want to restore. Click on Restore this version from the menu.
Typically, it takes a little time for the version to be restored. But once it’s done, you’ll find it in your drafts.
We hope this guide was useful to you, and that you now know how to restore deleted files and previous versions of your project in Figma.
If you want to learn more about Figma, we have plenty of easy guides on our website. Please feel free to visit our resources & other articles!
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