Information Technology Reference
Tip: When navigating in the “time warp” interface, avoid following
aliases (marked with an arrow in the lower left corner of its icon) to
files, folders, and volumes. Aliases point to the current versions of
files, not backups on your Time Machine volume, so you may end up
in the wrong place or with the wrong version of a file.
5. Once you've selected the item you want to restore, decide whether
you want to restore it to its original location or somewhere else:
To restore to the original location, click the Restore button in the
lower right of the screen. Time Machine immediately restores the
selected item, and returns you to the Finder. (Time Machine may
prompt you to enter an administrator password.) You can use
this procedure even if you want to restore an older version of a
file but keep the current version. After you click Restore and the
Finder reappears, you'll see an alert asking whether you want to
replace the existing file, keep both copies—in which case the one
already in that location is renamed with “(original)” at the end—
or keep the original—thus canceling the restoration.
To restore to a different location from the original, right-click
(or Control-click) the item and choose Restore “File Name” To
from the contextual menu, navigate to the desired destination,
and click Choose.
If you decide against restoring any files, instead click the Cancel
button in the lower left corner of the screen or press Esc.
Note: Time Machine cannot back up files on network servers, so the
icons for those volumes are dimmed.
Restore Files and Folders Using Spotlight
Although you can, from within the “time warp” screen, navigate
around your computer manually, you could spend a lot of time
searching for a file at different times in different locations on your
disk if you don't know where it is. No worries: Spotlight to the rescue!