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Normally you use Time Machine to restore lost data in a file like this: within the Time Machine interface, you go back to the time the file was not yet messed up, and you restore it to replace the file you have now.

You can also elect to keep both, but the restored file takes the name and place of the current one. So, if you have made changes since the backup took place that you would like to keep, they are lost, or you have to mess around a bit to merge changes, rename files, and trash the unwanted one.

As an alternative, you can browse the Time Machine backup volume directly in the Finder like any normal disk, navigate through the chronological backup hierarchy, and find the file which contains the lost content.

Once you've found it, you can open it and the current version of the file side-by-side, and copy information from Time Machine's version of the file into the current one, without losing any content you put in it since the backup was made.

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Learn more for less! We're having a 50%-off sale on all Take Control ebooks and Macworld Superguides through 07-Jul-09, so you can expand your library with our highly practical ebooks about Macs, Mac OS X, iLife '09, AirPort networking, and much more. To take advantage of this limited-time sale, visit our catalog using this coupon-loaded link, select the titles you want, and click the Buy Selected Ebooks button. You'll see the coupon code and the discount on the first screen of our shopping cart.


Macs & Mac OS X -- In our catalog, you'll find new and updated titles that help you operate your Mac more effectively:

  • "Take Control of the Mac Command Line with Terminal": Joe Kissell shows you how to release your inner Unix geek!
  • "Take Control of Maintaining Your Mac, Second Edition": Keep your Mac running smoothly with an easy maintenance program!
  • "Take Control of Troubleshooting Your Mac": Learn how to solve any Mac problem with Joe Kissell's expert advice!
  • "Take Control of Running Windows on a Mac, Third Edition": Find essential advice for running Windows on your Intel-based Mac.
  • "Macworld Mac Gems Superguide": Browse through 240+ reviews of inexpensive software to improve your Mac experience.
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Applications -- Make the most of your apps, whether you want to work creatively in iLife '09 or get going in style with the new Safari 4:

  • "Take Control of iWeb '09": Learn how to make useful, attractive Web sites with iWeb '09.
  • "iPhoto '09: Visual QuickStart Guide": Master every aspect of iPhoto '09 with step-by-step, visual instructions from Take Control publisher Adam Engst.
  • "Take Control of Recording with GarageBand '09": Learn how to record complete songs with drums, keyboards, bass, strings, even horns...even if all you have is a beat-up electric guitar!
  • "Take Control of Making Music with GarageBand '09": Get creative and make music with the built-in loops in GarageBand '09.
  • "Take Control of Safari 4": Sharon Zardetto helps you make the most of Apple's Safari, a deceptively powerful Web browser with many hidden and under-appreciated features.


AirPort Networking -- You'll also find a pair of up-to-date ebooks from Glenn Fleishman about AirPort/Wi-Fi networking:

  • "Take Control of Your 802.11n AirPort Network": Make your 802.11n-based AirPort network fast, reliable, and secure! Updated for 2009 models.
  • "Take Control of Your Wi-Fi Security": Learn how to keep intruders out of your wireless network and protect your sensitive communications.

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Comments about Take Control Sale: 50% Off All Ebooks
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Arthur Battram   2009-07-10 06:38
great
I visited about 10 days ago looking at your TC iWeb book and no hint of this sale that I have just missed.
Grrr.
any chance of an extension for a british fan
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2009-07-10 07:33
Ask (nicely) and ye shall receive (email). :-)