PHOTOSHOP CS6: The program deleted ALL my work instead of just the one step I wanted to delete!

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I was deleting a FEW tool steps in the history tab when the program suddenly deleted ALL the prior work I had done. An hour worth of clone stamping etc.. HOW do I recover this?
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Chris Cox

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Which application are you using?
Which version?
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CS6. This is the 2nd time it's happened. Last time was 2 months ago. So it's a repeatable event with a time interval.
I was doing a large amount of clone stamping. I then needed to delete a dozen or so prior edits from the history tab. But not all the prior edits were IN the history tab. When I deleted the only available remaining edit in the history tab (delete state "clone stamp"?) the program removed ALL of my previous edits, ie; hue/saturation, crop, noise reduction, healing brush etc...
1 hours work gone in a single click. This of course was not my desired intent.
Perhaps the history tab can only contain a limited number of edits in its que? But why then is the name of the "state" to be deteted, mislabeled?
I was not working with layers or masks, just one single JPEG pic.
And no other programs were running on my MAC which is running with the latest updates.
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OK, that doesn't make sense.

History records each step separately. And when you go back to a certain history state, you only undo the steps between that state and your last recorded state. But you can still undo the change in history state - so nothing would be lost.

Also, why did you delete steps instead of just stepping back over them?
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It might not make sense but it happened... twice.
I was both deleting in steps AND stepping over. I am certainly not proficient in Photoshop so maybe it is operator error or maybe it's a minor bug in the system. But it just seems odd that I chose a relatively recent state to delete, but in doing so every last one of the previous states were removed .Either way I'll probably never know the answer. I ended up just starting over.
Question, how do I undo changes in history state?
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Undo, or just go back to the last history state. History is non destructive.
And I'm still not sure why you were deleting history states.
It sounds like you might not be using history states correctly.