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Wikipedia:Editing FAQ>How to revert a page to an earlier version
You may wish to revert an article to an earlier version, perhaps because it has been vandalised or material has been added or removed inappropriately.

To revert to an earlier version:

  • Go to the page, click on "Page history" at the bottom, and click on the time and date of the earlier version you want to revert to.
  • Then when that page comes up, you'll see something like "(Revision as of 23:19 Aug 15, 2002)" below the title. Click to edit the page, and you'll get a warning about editing an out-of-date revision. If you ignore that and save anyway, you revert the page to the earlier point.
  • Be sure to add the word "revert" to the edit summary

The opposite of reverting is reinstating, restoring, or unreverting. But everyone knows it ought to be verting...

In general a revert is the advised action to deal with vandalism. Beware of getting into "revert wars", where two parties continually revert an article between two states.



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