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How to restore a notebook deleted from cloud storage

Last Updated: Sep 29, 2016 08:53PM PDT
If you have accidentally deleted the notebook from cloud storage or you've found out that the notebook is somehow missing from the cloud, don't worry, all the cloud storages have recycle bins and there is nothing simpler than restoring the notebook deleted from a cloud.

1. Restore the notebook using recycle bin / deleted files in a cloud:

First thing to do after finding out the notebook was deleted from the cloud storage is going to the thrash folder.
Usually all the missing files can be found there. To restore the files click "Restore", files will return to their previous place in the cloud folder.


a) How to restore the notebook deleted from OneDrive:

Login to your OneDrive account at www.onedrive.live.com
Go to Recycle Bin > choose the notebook you want to restore > Restore.
In Outline make the notebook sync to have all the latest edits move to the cloud version.



If the notebook file will end up accidentally deleted from OneDrive, all the sections stored in cloud notebook will disappear from Outline. Please use your backups files to restore this notebook using Outline. How to restore the notebook from the backup.

Please note that OneDrive empties files from recycle bin if they've been there for more than 30 days.

Please note that if you move the files from OneDrive folder on your Mac or PC, the files got deleted from the cloud.
If you move your notebook from OneDrive folder to any other folder on your Mac, you will be able to reach it by Opening the local notebook folder in Outline ("+" button at the top of the notebooks list > Open from Local). Such notebook won't be synced with the cloud, it will be local.

And here are some specifics of OneDrive recycle bin:

If OneDrive gives a warning saying it's failed to restore the file, check OneDrive mobile app:
Go to recycle bin > Restore the file > check web client to see if the file was restored.



b) How to restore the notebook deleted from Dropbox:

Login to your OneDrive account at www.dropbox.com 
Go to Deleted files > Restore the notebook.



If the notebook file will end up accidentally deleted from Dropbox, Outline will save the copy of this notebook opened in Outline, it will be local. Please see below how to move this copy to the cloud again

Please note that Dropbox empties files from Deleted files if they've been there for more than 30 days.

Please note that if you move the files from Dropbox folder on your Mac or PC, the files got deleted from the cloud.
If you move your notebook from Dropbox  folder to any other folder on your Mac, you will be able to reach it by Opening the local notebook folder in Outline ("+" button at the top of the notebooks list > Open from Local). Such notebook won't be synced with the cloud, it will be local.

c) How to restore the notebook deleted from Box:

Login to your Box account at www.box.com 
Click on your account name at the upper right corner > Go to Thrash >choose the notebook you want to restore > Restore.






If the notebook file will end up accidentally deleted from Box, Outline will fail to sync such notebook and the warning message will pop up. 



Please note that Box empties files from the Thrash folder if they've been there for more than 30 days.

Please note that if you move the files from Box folder on your Mac or PC, the files got deleted from the cloud.
If you move your notebook from Box  folder to any other folder on your Mac, you will be able to reach it by Opening the local notebook folder in Outline ("+" button at the top of the notebooks list > Open from Local). Such notebook won't be synced with the cloud, it will be local.

2. Restore the notebook deleted from the cloud storage using the temporary copy opened in Outline:

Another option of how to restore the notebook deleted from a cloud storage is to save the temporary copy of the notebook that you currently have opened in your Outline.

When opening the notebook synced with cloud storage Outline creates a temporary local copy of such notebook. You can change a location of this notebook containing folder to the cloud folder on your mac or upload it again to a cloud on iPad. This way the deleted notebook can be restored even after the 30 days period when the Thrash folder on a cloud gets emptied.

To restore the notebook deleted from a cloud using Outline:

a) on Ipad:

Tap the notebook's cover > Properties > Location.
To change the location choose any other location. To restore the notebook on the previous cloud:
- Change the Location first to > Local;
- Then change it again to the cloud >  Dropbox / Box / OneDrive 
Note: make sure the folder of the notebook is completely deleted from the cloud or try saving the notebook in another folder on the cloud.



b) on Mac:

- Find your cloud notebook's temporary local copy:

For App Store Outline version -  Finder -> Go -> Go to folder -> /Users/user name/Library/Containers/com.gorillized.outlinemac/Data/Library/Outline/StorageOne
(user name is to be changed to the name of your current user on Mac, the one you login when turning on the computer - without spaces).

For the Outline version from our Online Store  - Finder -> Go -> Go to folder -> /Users/user name/Library/Outline/StorageOne



- Copy or cut the folder with your notebook;



- Paste it to the cloud storage folder;



- Wait till it sync.

You can check whether the notebook synced with the cloud by gong to the cloud web client.

Then close this notebook opened in Outline and open it again from the cloud.

Please note that the notebook which original copy was deleted from a cloud more than 30 days ago, will be lost if you close it in Outline. The temporary local copy will be deleted from a system once the notebook is closed in Outline.

3. Restore the notebook deleted from the cloud and closed in Outline:

If the notebook was deleted from the cloud and closed in Outline more than 30 days ago use the backup of this notebook to open it again in Outline:

a) on iPad:

Go to Settings > Backups > Restore From Backup.



b) on Mac:

Go to Outline > Preferences > Backups > Show Backup Files > choose the section to restore > Restore.



Note: the backups in Outline are enabled by default, the frequency is set up to 30 minutes. Before working with Outline please check if iCloud supports the documents sharing by Outline:

a) on iPad:
iPad Settings > iCloud > iCloud Drive > enable Outline.

b) on Mac:
System Preferences > iCloud > enable iCloud Drive > Options > enable Outline in the list of the apps.



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