Opening a GoBack window for a File

To go back with a file, you open a GoBack window into it.  There are three methods to do this.

Stopping the Search

When the new window opens, FileGoBack will search your Time Machine archives, beginning with today and going back in time.  If you know the approximate date of the version you are interested in, you may click the Stop button after it has appeared.

Working with a selection

When you select a version from the table on the left, metadata about the file and a QuickLook™ thumbnail image appear on the right.  For further information and actions, there are three buttons available…

Preview.  Shows the full QuickLook™ preview of the selected file in a separate window.

View.  Opens the selected file in the application which is registered to edit it.  For example if you click a .docx file and you have Microsoft Word installed on your Mac, the file will open in Microsoft Word.  Note that you cannot edit the file in this mode, because it is still on your Time Machine™ disk, which is not writable.  (If you could, that would be changing history!)  If you want to edit the file, use Restore.

Restore to….  Opens a Save dialog in which you choose a name and folder location where you want the old version to be copied to.  A default name, which is the old name appended with ~month-date is generated automatically.  If you will want to work with the restored file immediately, switch on the checkbox at the bottom of the sheet, to Reveal in [Path] Finder after restoring. (If you have Cocoatech's Path Finder app installed, we assume that you prefer it to Apple's Finder.)

Closing the GoBack Window

GoBack windows remain open in case you want to preview, view, or open other versions.  When you are done with a GoBack window, click the red close button or type ⌘W.