Accidently Overwritten a story file! HELP!

Oct 27, 2020

I have overwritten a story file and I need to find out if I can retrieve the previous version. I did not publish it.



8 Replies
Leslie McKerchie

Hi Brian,

Thanks for the clarification. There is not a version of your project file that is uploaded to Review 360, so you will not be able to download a project file from the published items.

There may still be a working version of your project in your temp files. Here's how to check:

  1. Open this folder in Windows Explorer: %appdata%\Articulate\Storyline
  2. Scan the contents of this folder for a file that starts with the name of your project. If you find one, copy it to your desktop. If you find more than one, copy the latest version to your desktop.
  3. Change the file extension of the copy on your desktop from *.tmp to *.story.
  4. Double-click the file to open it in Storyline.
Michel Hobson

Having encountered the same issue in the past - I have developed a workaround process.

  1. Create your planned .story file. (File #1)
  2. Then save a second version of the file  - and append my initials as the last 2 characters of the file name.  (File #2)
  3. I make all my edits in the 2nd version (File #2).  At the end of every development day, I do a "file, save as" back to the original .story file.  (File #1).
  4. Once the course design is approved and final - I delete my backup copy (File #2).

It has saved me numerous times in similar situations.  Using this method, I have a "backup" that is never more than one design version behind.  My courses are usually several modules with 100+ slides.  After it happened twice, with 2 different clients - I had to develop a process.  "Old Skool" but it works. 

Walt Hamilton


Not to be mean about it, but if there ever was an endorsement of Michel's system, you are the poster child for it.

To all, There is an old saying in the computer world - "There are two kinds of people in the computer world; those (like Michel) who make good backups, and those who are going to lose work."