How to Recover a Deleted or Unsaved PowerPoint File

After hours of piecing together the perfect presentation, disaster happens the next morning as you go present it: It’s gone. No matter how frantically you search File Explorer, your precious PowePoint presentation is gone. Microsoft, though, has your back. As long as you haven’t disabled autorecovery, the file should still be on your machine -- or in the cloud, if you’re an Office365 user. It’s not foolproof, but you can often recover these accidentally deleted files.

Next time, however, you might want to save a redundant copy to the cloud, just in case.

1. Open a blank Microsoft PowerPoint document and click the File tab .

2. Click the Options link at the bottom.

3. Choose the Save option from the left .

4.Once you find the section with a path showing where your autosaved documents go, select and copy it . In my case, it’s here: C:\Users\Bryan\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\PowerPoint\

5. Open File Explorer and paste in the copied file path . Hit enter .

6. Here, we’ll see the last save of the document I was working on, which starts with the name “MYPRESENTATION.” Click it to open the file .

7. Right click the Microsoft PowerPoint file, and select Open with .

8. Choose PowerPoint, and click Ok .

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Recover your PowerPoint files

AutoRecover is a PowerPoint feature that attempts to recover files automatically in the event of a crash, power failure, or other unexpected application shutdown. It does this by periodically saving a copy of the file in the background. By default, AutoRecover saves a recovery file every 10 minutes. 

Important:  Do not use AutoRecover as a substitute for regularly saving your files by using AutoSave (see below) or by clicking Save . Saving your files frequently is the best way to preserve your work.

AutoRecover is different than AutoSave, which automatically saves your file as you work - just like when you save files manually. The AutoSave feature is available for Microsoft 365 subscribers. When AutoSave is turned on, AutoRecover files are rarely needed. 

For more information see: What is AutoSave ? 

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Autorecover files automatically reopen on next app start.

Normally, PowerPoint will automatically recover your work the next time you open the application following an unexpected shutdown. It does this by detecting if an AutoRecover file exists and automatically opening it. If you want to keep the recovered file, you should immediately save it before editing or closing. 

To manually open an AutoRecover file: 

Click the File button in the ribbon and then click the Home tab in the menu.

Click the Recover Unsaved Presentations button at the bottom of the screen to navigate to the folder where AutoRecover files are stored.

Change how frequently AutoRecover files are saved

In the PowerPoint ribbon, click File and then click the Home tab in the menu.

In the menu, click Options > Save .

Under the Save Presentations heading, modify the Save AutoRecover information every x minutes box.

Change the location where AutoRecover files are saved

Under the Save Presentations heading, modify the AutoRecover File Location box.

Note:  If you change the default AutoRecover file path, there are certain cases in which AutoRecover files will not be automatically deleted when no longer needed. 

Access the AutoRecover folder

You can navigate directly to the AutoRecover folder using Windows File Explorer. The location of the AutoRecover folder can be found in the Options dialog, in the Save tab. By default, the AutoRecover folder is located at:

Replace  <username> with your user name. 

Office 2021 and earlier versions 

Document recovery pane .

After an unexpected shutdown, the Document Recovery pane automatically opens to help you get your files back. Document Recovery lists any files you had open that were recovered from the most recent time you saved them, the most recent time they were AutoSaved (if your file is on OneDrive or SharePoint and you are a Microsoft 365 subscriber), or the most recent time they were Auto Recovered.   

To see the entire Document Recovery pane, hover over the right edge of the pane until you see an arrow pointing left and right. Then click the arrow and drag it to the right to widen the Document Recovery pane. 

Replace  <username> with your username. 

You can navigate directly to the AutoRecover folder using the Finder. The location of the AutoRecover folder can be found in the Options dialog, in the Save tab. By default, the AutoRecover folder is located at:

Replace  < username > with your user name.  The AutoRecovery folder is a hidden folder, so you may not see it if you try to navigate to it in the Finder. Use the Go To Folder tool and enter the full path there. 

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Recover a Deleted or Unsaved PowerPoint

How to Recover a Deleted or Unsaved PowerPoint Presentation

Profile Robert A.

Last update: March 22, 2023

PowerPoint is very popular presentation software. It can be disastrous to lose or delete an important PowerPoint file. Fortunately, there are ways to get lost PowerPoint presentations back. Read on to see how you can recover your valuable data.

Ways to Recover Deleted or Unsaved PowerPoint Presentations

There are multiple ways to recover deleted or lost PowerPoint files. Let’s take a look at the various methods you can use to get back deleted or unsaved PowerPoint files.

Method 1: Use Operating System Features

The first place to look for any lost files is in the special folders that the Windows and Mac operating systems provide to temporarily store deleted items.

To recover a PowerPoint presentation from the Windows Recycle Bin , follow these steps:

  • Open the Recycle Bin by clicking on its icon.
  • Find the file you wish to restore.
  • Click or tap on Restore to recover the file to its original location.

Restore PowerPoint files from Recycle Bin

Mac users can use the Trash to recover recently deleted PPT files with these steps:

  • Open the Trash by clicking on its icon.
  • Locate the item you want to recover.
  • Right-click on the PowerPoint file and click Put Back.

Put back presentation from Mac Trash

Method 2: Try Native PowerPoint Features

PowerPoint provides two powerful native methods of recovering data. You can use the PowerPoint Autorecover feature or the Recover Unsaved Presentation feature. Here’s how they work.

AutoRecover – PowerPoint automatically saves files temporarily via the AutoRecover feature. Recovering them requires navigating to the appropriate folder and searching for your file. To see where PowerPoint is storing the files, use the following steps in PowerPoint.

  • Open File > Options > Save.
  • The file is specified in the AutoRecover file location field.

Restore PowerPoint files using AutoRecover

You can also  enable or disable AutoRecover  from this window and modify the elapsed time between automatic saves of your PowerPoint files.

Recover Unsaved Presentation  – If PowerPoint crashes before you have a chance to save your presentation, you can use this feature to recover your work. Just follow these steps:

  • Open the File tab in PowerPoint.
  • Select Recent.
  • Click on the Recover Unsaved Presentation icon on the bottom-right of the window.

Recover Unsaved Presentation

Recover from temporary PowerPoint files  – You may be able to manually save files that have been temporarily saved by the application. Look in these locations for your operating system if you have lost a PowerPoint file.

  • Windows – C :\ Documents and Settings\<username>\Local Settings\Temp
  • Mac – /Users/<username>/Library/Containers/com.Microsoft.Powerpoint /Data/Library/Preferences/AutoRecovery

Method 3: Use PowerPoint Recovery Software

In cases where the previous recovery methods are not successful, specialized software may help you restore a lost PPT file. Data recovery software works by taking advantage of the way modern operating systems delete data. When a file is deleted on a Windows or Mac machine, the data is not immediately removed from a disk-based storage device. The operating system disables logical access to the deleted data but it remains on the disk until it is overwritten by new information.

Our editorial team has extensively used licensed copy of Disk Drill data recovery software, which has proven to be a reliable solution for various data loss situations. The steps with other recovery applications will be similar to the following procedure that we use with Disk Drill for Windows.

  • Download and install the software. Don’t use the disk that contained the lost PowerPoint files or you risk overwriting them.
  • Launch the application and select the disk with the missing PowerPoint presentations from the list of available devices.

Start the scanning procedure in Disk Drill

  • Click the  Recover  button to сhoose a safe storage location that is not on the disk being recovered.

Recover PowerPoint files to a new location

There are many data recovery software solutions available for Mac and Windows computers. Some are freeware applications while others are commercial products. When you are tasked with recovering a lost PowerPoint file, you want to choose the right software tool. Here are some things to keep in mind when making your choice.

Freeware solutions such as Disk Drill data recovery software provide more features than free alternatives.The only real benefit of free tools is the price. The features included with a commercial solution are generally far superior to free alternatives. When faced with a data loss situation, you want to use the best tool available, and a paid/freeware solution will give you a better chance of successful recovery.

Method 4: Recover PowerPoint Presentation From a Backup

If you are following accepted best practices and backing up your computer regularly, you may have a copy of the lost PowerPoint available on backup storage media. Whatever tool you choose to use for making backups, the recovery process is essentially the same and will follow these general steps.

  • Connect the storage media containing the backup files to your computer.
  • Start the backup and recovery application.
  • Search for the PowerPoint presentation you want to recover.
  • If found, restore the file to your computer.

The fact that the last resort may be to use a backup copy to recover your files demonstrates the importance of making it a regular practice to back up your data. Take the time to do it. Someday you will be very happy that you did.

Why Do PowerPoint Files Get Deleted?

Just as with any other type of file living on your computer or laptop, there are many ways that PowerPoint presentations can be lost or deleted. Here are some of the most common reasons you might lose one of these important files.

  • Human error is involved in a large majority of data loss incidents. It’s very easy to inadvertently delete the wrong file and then empty the Trash or Recycle Bin. You may also accidentally format a drive or partition that contained some PowerPoint files.
  • An infection with a virus or malware can be responsible for the loss of data on a Mac or Windows 7/8/10/11 machine. Files may be randomly deleted or the filesystem can become corrupted depending on what type of malware has entered your system.
  • Physically damaged disks will often exhibit lost and deleted data. Disks can be damaged due to simple wear and tear or by treating them badly and exposing the devices to excessive moisture or heat.

Protecting Your PowerPoint Files

There are several measures that you can take to protect your PowerPoint files.

The information presented in this section should help you protect your PowerPoint presentations and recover them if you are impacted by a sudden data loss. Here are a few more points of interest regarding recovering deleted PowerPoint files.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do i recover a powerpoint that i have overwritten.

Once you have saved a PowerPoint over an older copy, the best way to recover it is with a backup. Windows users may also be able to use the Restore Previous Version feature that also depends on restore points being saved by the operating system.

How can I recover deleted PowerPoint files from an iPad?

Data recovery software can be used to restore a PowerPoint file deleted from an iPad. Connect the iPad to your computer and let the recovery software scan it as it would any other disk-based device.

How can I recover a file if PowerPoint crashes?

Use the Recover Unsaved Presentation feature to recover files that you were working on when PowerPoint stopped responding or crashed. Alternately, you can use PowerPoint’s Autorecover feature which can be configured to automatically save presentations on a time-frame of your choosing.

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How to Recover Deleted/Unsaved PowerPoint Files (Multiple Methods for Windows)

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In that situation, you can use the methods below to recover the PowerPoint file and save yourself a lot of time.

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How to Recover Unsaved PowerPoint File

Forgetting to click the save button when creating a PowerPoint presentation is a fairly common problem, which is why Microsoft made it possible to recover unsaved presentations directly from PowerPoint.

Method #1: Click Recover Unsaved Presentations

As soon as you create a presentation, PowerPoint saves it in a special folder, called UnsavedFiles. The presentation is stored in this folder until you click the Save button and provide your own directory. Here’s how you can recover unsaved PowerPoint presentations that are still located in the UnsavedFiles folder:

  • Launch PowerPoint.
  • Open the File menu and click Open.

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  • Open your presentation and save it someplace safe.

If the UnsavedFiles folder is empty, then you need to try the other methods described in this article.

Method #2: Use the AutoRecover Feature

Located inside the Save section of PowerPoint Options is the AutoRecover feature. When enabled, this feature stores information about opened PowerPoint files every X minutes, and when PowerPoint is closed without saving.

powerpoint autorecover feature

The recovery files created by the AutoRecover feature can be found in the following location (USERNAME = your username):

You can recover them from this location by copying the path and pasting it in the File Explorer address bar.

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Then, simply move the PPT or PPTX file to a safe location.

Method #3: Check the Temp Folder

Windows allows any application to store temporary inside the following folder:

You can quickly open this folder by pressing Windows key + R on your keyboard and typing %temp% in the Run prompt.

run dialog

Since the Temp folder tends to be rather messy, we don’t recommend you go through it manually. Instead, enter the following search queries in the search box located in the top-right corner of File Explorer:

If these search queries fail to yield any results, then it’s possible that your PowerPoint files are deleted. The good news is that there are several ways to recover deleted PPT files, and we explore them in the next section of this article.

How to Recover Deleted PowerPoint File

The three methods we’ve described so far can help you recover a presentation that was closed without saving, but what about presentations that were saved, only to be deleted? Well, that’s where the following three methods come in.

Method #1: Look Inside the Recycle Bin

The Recycle Bin should be the first place you look for lost PowerPoint files:

  • Press Windows key + R to open the Run prompt.
  • Enter: explorer.exe shell:RecycleBinFolder

run dialog in windows

  • Find your PowerPoint file.

ppt file reecycle bin restore annotated

No luck finding your PowerPoint document inside the Recycle Bin? Then it’s most likely permanently deleted .

Method #2: Retrieve Your File from a Backup

It would be beyond the scope of this article to describe all popular backup applications available to Windows users, so we decided to narrow them down to just three:

  • Local backup:
  • OneDrive backup:
  • File History:
  • Connect your backup drive to your computer.
  • Open it using File Explorer.
  • Find your PPT presentation.
  • Copy it to your computer.
  • Open a web browser.
  • Visit:  https://onedrive.live.com/
  • Log in with your username and password.
  • Download it to your computer.
  • Open the Start menu.
  • Type “file history.”
  • Select Restore your files with File History.
  • Navigate to where your PPT file was located and restore it.

Don’t have a backup of your lost PowerPoint file? Don’t despair! There’s still one method that you can try, and it works even if you don’t back up your files.

Method #3: Use Data Recovery Software

Data recovery software can undelete even permanently deleted files, as long as they haven’t been overwritten by new data. Such software applications are available from many different vendors, some of which are targeting enterprise customers, while others are focusing on individual home users.

To recover a PowerPoint presentation with Disk Drill :

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  • Add the lost PPT/PPTX file to the recovery queue by clicking the checkbox next to it.

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Tips to Avoid Losing PowerPoint (PPT, PPTX) Files

Creating PowerPoint presentations is hardly ever fun, but having to recreate a lost presentation from scratch can be a torturous ordeal. Here’s what you can do to avoid losing your PowerPoint files:

  • đź’ľ Enable AutoSave : If you’re using the latest version of PowerPoint (2016 or 2019) and have a Microsoft 365 subscription, then you can enable the AutoSave feature to save your files automatically, every few seconds, as you work. All you need to do is sign in with your Microsoft account and click the AutoSave button in the top-left corner. Unfortunately, the AutoSave feature is not present in PowerPoint 2003/2007/2010/2013.
  • đź’» Back up your presentations : It’s never a good idea to keep just a single copy of an important presentation. Instead, consider using the 3-2-1 backup strategy , which states that you should always have three copies of your data, stored on two different media, with one copy off-site.
  • ⚡ Buy a UPS : An uninterrupted power supply, or UPS for short, is essentially a battery that sits between your computer and the wall outlet the computer draws power from. In case of a power outage, the UPS quickly turns on to power your computer, allowing you to save your work.
  • đź’€ Avoid pirated versions of PowerPoint : Obviously, you should never use a pirated version of any software, but it’s especially dangerous to use a pirated version of PowerPoint and other Office applications because you never know if it hasn’t been tampered with and infected with malware.
  • 🔧 Maintain your system : Unless your operating system is rock-solid, there will always be a chance of PowerPoint crashing at the worst possible moment. That’s why you should avoid installing dubious software applications from the internet. Instead, try to keep your system as clean as possible by following basic system maintenance tips .

How to recover deleted PowerPoint files?

Follow these simple steps to recover deleted PowerPoint presentations:

  • Download, install & run Disk Drill on your PC.
  • Select the disk containing the deleted PowerPoint files.
  • Start the scan & wait for it to finish.
  • Select the PPT files you want to recover & click “Recover”.
  • Choose a safe recovery destination & hit “Confirm”.

How to recover a PowerPoint file after a crash?

To recover a PowerPoint file after a crash, open PowerPoint on your computer, click the File menu > Open > Recover Unsaved Presentations.

Can you recover deleted slides from PowerPoint?

No, even the latest version of PowerPoint doesn’t make it possible to recover deleted slides. The best you can do is restore an older version of the PowerPoint file, which can be easily done using OneDrive.

How to recover a corrupted PowerPoint file?

PowerPoint has a built-in file repair option, and you can access it by opening the File menu and selecting > Open > Browse > Open and Repair (accessible after clicking the small arrow next to the Open button).

How to recover a PowerPoint file that was saved over?

Unfortunately, you can’t recover a PowerPoint file that was saved over unless you have a backup safely stored somewhere on your computer or in the cloud.

In this article, we’ve described multiple methods that you can use to recover deleted and unsaved PowerPoint files, so all you need to do is pick the one that best fits your situation by consulting the Quick Navigation section at the start of this article.

This article was written by David Morelo , a Staff Writer at Handy Recovery. It was also verified for technical accuracy by Andrey Vasilyev , our editorial advisor.

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How to Recover a Deleted PowerPoint Presentation on Windows

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Losing a PowerPoint presentation can undo hours of hard work, and could impact you professionally too. Whether you deleted the presentation accidentally or it went missing due to other reasons—it’s often possible to recover it. But, how? Well, that’s where this guide comes in. The following sections contain all you need to know about recovering a deleted PowerPoint presentation using easy-to-follow methods.

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What Caused the PowerPoint Presentation to be Deleted

There could be several reasons behind a deleted PowerPoint presentation. It’s recommended you diagnose what caused the deletion, so you can choose the appropriate recovery method.

Here are some possible reasons why your PowerPoint presentation was unexpectedly deleted:

How to Recover a Deleted PowerPoint Presentation

There are multiple ways to recover a deleted PowerPoint presentation. We’ll take a look at all of these methods below. Keep in mind, these methods are only applicable to drives that are physically working. If you notice signs of physical damage on your drive, it’s best to contact a professional data recovery service.

Option 1: Check the Recycle Bin for the PowerPoint Presentation

Do you suspect that you may have accidentally deleted the PowerPoint presentation? If so, the first place you should look in, is the Windows Recycle Bin, which stores deleted files until you empty it. Keep in mind, files deleted using the Shift + Delete shortcut do not go to the Recycle Bin.

Here’s how to restore your deleted PowerPoint presentation from the Recycle Bin:

  • Double-click on the Recycle Bin icon on the desktop, or search for the Recycle Bin in Windows Search ( Windows Key + S ).
  • Look for the PowerPoint presentation and right-click on it.

Recycle Bin in Windows.

  • The PowerPoint presentation will be restored to its original location.

Option 2: Recover your PowerPoint from a Windows Backup

Windows has two major backup features—Windows File History, and Backup & Restore (Windows 7). If you had set up any of the features beforehand, you can use the backup to restore your PowerPoint Presentation.

Here’s what the restore process looks like in Windows File History:

  • Ensure the drive used to set up File History is connected to your PC.
  • Search for “file history” in Windows Search ( Windows Key + S ). Click on Restore your files with File History from the search results.
  • Locate and open the folder where the PPT was saved (usually the Documents folder). Use the navigation buttons at the bottom to browse through the backups and find one that contains the PPT.

file history

Option 3: Look Through the Temporary Files Folder

Windows has a dedicated temporary files folder, usually located at C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Temp which may contain a cached version of the PowerPoint presentation. The folder might contain an older version of the PPT, but it’s still better than nothing.

  • Click Start and select Search from within the Windows Start-Up Menu.
  • Type in the name of the file that you’re wanting to look for and then hit enter to search your Windows computer for the deleted file.

Temporary folder in Windows.

Option 4: Use the Built-in Unsaved Presentation Feature

Built right into PowerPoint is a recover feature that allows you to restore a presentation should something happen to it. This is perfect if you made changes to your work and then forgot to save it before something happened to it.

Steps to restore unsaved presentations:

  • Launch PowerPoint on your Windows Machine.

Click File tab

The “Recover Unsaved Presentations” folder only saves these PowerPoints for a short period of time. If you need to recover a lost PowerPoint Presentation, act fast!

Option 5: Use the Built-in AutoRecover Feature

Built into PowerPoint and turned on by default is a feature that will create AutoRecover information that will save your presentation at different time intervals. This is a handy feature to use if you’re forgetful when it comes to clicking on the “Save” option from within PowerPoint which can happen if you’re in deep thought about your work.

It will allow you to recover your PowerPoint and load it back into the state that it was at when it was last saved. As mentioned this feature is on by default, but in the steps below we will look at how to access it, use it, and change your time interval settings.

  • Launch PowerPoint.

Options tab

  • If this feature was already on, then you can go to the AutoRecover file location and open the recovered PowerPoint from there.

Option 6: Use Third Party Software to Recover Your Presentation

If none of the above steps worked in recovering your presentation, then it’s time to move onto data recovery which can retrieve a file even if you have removed it from your computer.

  • Download and install Disk Drill for Windows. When using Disk Drill, it is best to install it onto an external hard drive or thumb drive as putting it on your Windows machine could overwrite the PowerPoint Presentation that we’re trying to recover. Also, try to limit installing other software or downloading other files as that can lower the chances of a successful recovery.

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With how busy our schedules are today, being able to recover a lost PowerPoint stops interruptions to your workflow. It will allow you to make sure that things are being completed on time and that computer mishaps won’t be able to get in the way of that. Nothing is worse than losing your data when you thought it was saved and now, that is no longer something to worry about.

Recovering a PowerPoint presentation is usually a simple affair and you don’t need to resort to third-party tools. You can restore the file from the Recycle Bin, Windows Backup, and the temporary folder. The PowerPoint app itself has features like the Autorecover feature that lets you restore a PowerPoint presentation. If all else fails, then data recovery tools like Disk Drill are almost guaranteed to help you recover a deleted PowerPoint presentation. But do remember, that you need to act quickly to maximize your chances of data recovery.

  • Download Disk Drill and install it.
  • Open Disk Drill, select your drive and click Search for lost data .
  • Click on Review found items .
  • Select your PPT file and click Recover .
  • Choose a recovery destination and click Next .
  • Go to the OneDrive website and log in using your Microsoft Account.
  • Right-click on the PowerPoint file and choose Version History .
  • Click on the ellipses next to the version you wish to restore and click Restore .
  • Search for “file history” in Windows Search (Windows Key + S). Click on Restore your files with File History in the search results.
  • Browse through the backups until you find one that contains the required version of your PowerPoint file.
  • Select the PPT and click on the green restore button.

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How to Recover an Unsaved PowerPoint

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  • AutoRecover
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What to Know

  • File > Open > Recover Unsaved Presentations .
  • Or: File > Info > Manage Presentations > Recover Unsaved Presentations .
  • Check your Recycle Bin and automatic backup folders for deleted presentations, or use recovery software.

This article explains how to recover an unsaved PowerPoint. These instructions apply to PowerPoint 2019, 2016, 2013, and Microsoft 365 .

How Do I Recover a PowerPoint That Was Not Saved?

There are a few ways to recover an unsaved PowerPoint. If one method doesn't work, you should try the other options outlined below.

PowerPoint has a feature called AutoRecover which periodically stores data from your presentations. In newer versions of PowerPoint, you can access AutoRecover files from within PowerPoint:

Go to the File tab.

Select Open .

Select Recover Unsaved Presentations at the bottom of the list of recent files.

Select your presentation to open it. If you don't see it, move on to the next section to try a different method.

Alternate Way to Recover an Unsaved PowerPoint

Depending on your version of PowerPoint, the steps for recovering unsaved presentations might be different:

Select Info .

Select Manage Presentations > Recover Unsaved Presentations .

Select your presentation to open it.

If you don't see the Recover Unsaved Presentations option in PowerPoint, you might find your presentation in the following folder on Windows:

On Mac, you can find AutoRecover data in this folder:

Copy and paste the above file path in the File Explorer or Finder address bar; then press Enter to open the folder. Replace User with your Windows or Mac username.

If you still don't see your file, try looking in the following folder on Windows:

Alternatively, press Windows key + R to bring up the Run command and enter %temp% in the Run prompt to open the Temp folder. To find your presentation, search for ppt files.

How Do I Get My Deleted PowerPoint Presentation Back?

If you previously saved a presentation and it got deleted, there are a few things you can try to recover your PowerPoint.

First, check your Windows Recycle Bin or Mac Trash folder. Depending on how long ago a user deleted it, you may be able to restore files from the Recycle Bin or recover files from the Trash on Mac . If successful, the file should return to its original folder.

If you use automatic backup software , check your backup folders. You can also restore your file using recovery software like Recuva or Disk Drill .

Enable PowerPoint AutoSave

PowerPoint includes an AutoSave feature that backs up your work every few seconds. Select the AutoSave toggle switch in the upper-left corner of your presentation to turn it On , or go to go to File > Options > Save and check the AutoSave box.

To recover an unsaved Word document , go to File > Manage Documents > Recover Unsaved Documents . If you see the document listed, select it. Or, search for a backup of the file by going to File > Open > Browse . You can also use Windows Explorer to search for recovered or temporary files.

To recover an unsaved Excel file , if you have AutoSave enabled, view the Document Recovery interface when you launch Excel. In the section called Available Files , you'll see all your autosaved workbooks and document files. To recover a file, select the arrow next to the file details and choose Open .

To recover a deleted or unsaved Notepad file, go to your Windows 10 search function, type %AppData% , and press Enter . The Roaming folder will open. Search for files that end in .txt to find your unsaved Notepad file.

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How to recover an unsaved PowerPoint file: 5 different methods

How to recover an unsaved PowerPoint file: 5 different methods

If you’ve accidentally deleted a PowerPoint file or forgot to save your progress, you can recover PowerPoint in Microsoft 365, PowerPoint 2021, PowerPoint 2019 and PowerPoint 2016. Each version comes with built-in features that you can use to restore presentations.

  • Step 1: Search for the file
  • Step 2: Rename the file
  • Step 3: Recover an unsaved PowerPoint file
  • Step 1: Show last-used files
  • Step 2: Recover a PowerPoint file that wasn’t saved
  • Restoring previous versions of a PowerPoint file
  • Recovering old versions from cloud storage
  • Step 1: Open the recycle bin
  • Step 2: Search for the unsaved PowerPoint file
  • Step 3: Recover PowerPoint file
  • Step 1: Save the file in a temporary location
  • Step 2: Copy the file into another folder
  • Step 3: Open the file
  • Step 1: Open a new presentation
  • Step 2: Recover unsaved PowerPoint
  • Step 3: Save file
  • The safe mode
  • Option 1: Activation in the menu bar
  • Option 2: Activation via Options

The easiest and fastest way to restore a PowerPoint is to use the built-in feature under Open > Recent > Restore Unsaved Presentation .

How to recover an unsaved PowerPoint file ¶

If you try to close an unsaved PowerPoint file, the program will display a warning message. This message lets you know that changes to the file still need to be saved. Despite this precaution, it can happen that open programs are closed without saving and data is lost. Unforeseen situations can also cause the program to close without saving. Luckily, there are various ways to recover a PowerPoint.

Recover a PowerPoint file with temporary files ¶

In the “temp” folder, Windows saves temporary files on an ongoing basis. There’s also a possibility that unsaved contents of your PowerPoint can be found in this folder.

Step 1: Search for the file ¶

Open File Explorer and enter the term “PPT*.tmp” into the search bar. Now wait and see if the search comes up with anything.

When saving, PowerPoint adds a random number to the filename. Since you don’t know this number, you can use * as a placeholder.

Recovering an unsaved PowerPoint file

Step 2: Rename the file ¶

If a PowerPoint file shows up in File Explorer, you can now rename it with .ppt at the end.

Step 3: Recover an unsaved PowerPoint file ¶

Next, open the file to check whether it’s actually the unsaved PowerPoint file you want to recover. To recover the file, simply save it to another location on your computer.

Recover a PowerPoint presentation using the integrated PowerPoint feature ¶

PowerPoint provides a feature to recover an unsaved PowerPoint. To make use of this feature, proceed as follows:

Step 1: Show last-used files ¶

Open the presentation program, click on the menu point Open and then select Recent from the left menu bar.

Step 2: Recover a PowerPoint file that wasn’t saved ¶

Now, you can click on the button Recover Unsaved Presentations .

How to recover an unsaved PowerPoint presentation

A folder will now open where you can find all saved drafts. If the file you’re looking for is there, left-click on it and select Open . Save the file. You can now continue to work on your presentation.

How to recover an old version of a PowerPoint file ¶

While working on a PowerPoint presentation, unwanted changes can quickly be reversed with the key combination [Ctrl] + [Z]. Using this shortcut, deleted paragraphs of text can be brought back with just a few clicks. But as soon as you save a file and close it, data that you have deleted will be lost. Follow the steps below to recover an old version of a PowerPoint file.

Restoring previous versions of a PowerPoint file ¶

Use the right side of your mouse to click on a file and select Previous Versions from the menu bar. A new window will open with the corresponding tab. In this window, previous versions of your PowerPoint file can be found, but only if a recovery point is marked. Select a previous version to restore an old version of your PowerPoint.

Recover an old PowerPoint: previous versions

Recovering old versions from cloud storage ¶

If you automatically save your files to Dropbox, Google Drive, One Drive or another cloud storage service, you have another option for recovering an unsaved PowerPoint. Search for previous versions, manage your old files, and recover the file you’re looking for.

How to recover a deleted PowerPoint file ¶

It’s generally a good idea to delete files that you no longer use or that are outdated. This allows you to maintain a clear overview of your file system. But what if you accidentally delete an important PowerPoint file? No need to worry. When you delete a file, it’s not completely deleted from your computer.

Step 1: Open the recycle bin ¶

To recover a deleted file from your recycle bin , double-click on the waste bin icon.

Step 2: Search for the unsaved PowerPoint file ¶

Enter the name of your PowerPoint file into the search field of the recycle bin program.

Step 3: Recover PowerPoint file ¶

Now, use the right side of your mouse to click on the file and select the option Undo Delete from the menu. Your presentation will now automatically reappear in the folder where you deleted it.

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How to recover a damaged PowerPoint file ¶

You’ve saved a PowerPoint file, but can’t to open it? We’ll show you different ways to recover a damaged PowerPoint.

Move a Presentation to recover a PowerPoint file ¶

In most cases, it’s not possible to tell whether the location or the file itself is damaged. If the file can be restored with the following instructions, the location is affected. In this case, it is best to restore and back up all files from this folder.

Step 1: Save the file in a temporary location ¶

Open the folder where the damaged file is located. Open the context menu with a right-click on the file. Select Copy option to save the file to the clipboard.

Step 2: Copy the file into another folder ¶

Next, open any folder or create a new one. Paste the file by right-clicking on a free area and selecting Paste from the context menu. You can also copy the file to the folder by using the key combination [Ctrl] + [V].

Step 3: Open the file ¶

Try to open the file by double-clicking it. If you can do this without encountering any problems, it may be the original location itself that is damaged.

Paste slides into a new presentation ¶

In many cases, however, it’s not the location that’s damaged, but the PowerPoint file itself. In this case, the program offers a handy function to insert the slides into a new and undamaged file.

Step 1: Open a new presentation ¶

Open up a blank PowerPoint document.

Step 2: Recover unsaved PowerPoint ¶

In the menu, select Start and select New Slide from the drop-down menu. Using the left side of the mouse, choose the option Reuse Slides .

Recover unsaved PowerPoint: reuse slides

A field with the same title will appear on the right. Click on the Browse button and select the file you want to restore in Explorer. A thumbnail preview of all slides will appear. Click on the slides with the left mouse button to insert them into the new presentation. To restore the entire unsaved PowerPoint file, right-click to open the context menu and click the Insert all slides option.

Step 3: Save file ¶

As soon as you’ve transferred all slides, make sure that you save the file in a new location.

The safe mode ¶

If a PowerPoint file cannot be opened in normal mode, try starting it in safe mode. To do this, hold down the control key [Ctrl] and then double-click on the PowerPoint file to select it. Click Yes in the confirmation window to open the presentation in safe mode.

Most Office programs can be opened in safe mode using this technique.

Recover PowerPoint: safe mode

Now, you can look for any issues with the file before saving it under a new name.

How to avoid losing PowerPoint files ¶

Despite the many options to recover a PowerPoint file, a successful recovery isn’t guaranteed. That’s why it’s important to use the shortcut [Ctrl] + [S] throughout your work. With this shortcut, you can regularly save your file, ensuring your work isn’t lost.

PowerPoint comes with a function that automatically saves open presentations. We’ll show you how to activate the function and avoid losing your files.

Option 1: Activation in the menu bar ¶

Activate the feature in the PowerPoint menu bar by moving the switch to AutoSave On .

PowerPoint: activate the auto-save function

Option 2: Activation via Options ¶

If you activate the feature in the Options area, additional custom settings are available. Select the File button in the menu. Then click on Options followed by Save. Activate the function Save AutoRecover information every… and enter the desired time interval. If you enable the Keep the last AutoRecovered version if I close without saving option, you avoid losing data if you accidentally close the PowerPoint file without saving it. If necessary, you can also adjust the location of the file to make it easier to find the backed-up file.

PowerPoint options: auto recovery

Files from other Microsoft 365 programs can also be recovered. Find out more about “ How to recover an Excel file ” and “ How to recover unsaved Word documents ” in our dedicated tutorials.

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Have you lost your PPT file due to a system crash or deletion and aren’t sure how to retrieve it? Don’t worry, this is the place for you. Data loss scenarios are quite common, and several methods are available to help recover your PPT file back. Follow our instructions for quick and easy methods to restore your deleted files.

What is the PowerPoint File Type (PPT, PPTX)

PPT stands for the Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation binary format, and it is the main file extension that saves PowerPoint presentations. The software is widely used to design presentations for educational and business purposes. All slides, videos, texts, images, etc., are stored within the PPT file.

What is the PowerPoint File Type

Introduced in 1987 with the release of PowerPoint, the PPT extension used to be the primary file type to save your presentations for versions 2003 and older.

How to Recover Deleted PowerPoint (PPT, PPTX) Files

There are many possible fixes to assist you in restoring your lost PPTX files. Go through the table below for an overview of available recovery methods:

While these solutions can be convenient, it is also important to keep certain practices in mind while working on your PPTX file. A few tips and tricks that can be helpful in data-loss situations are:

  • 💾 Keep more than one backup of your PPTX file. In case of an unexpected file loss, having backups would ensure a smooth recovery process.
  • ❌ If your device crashes or you want to retrieve your file, avoid writing new data to that drive. It can lead to complications while restoring the desired file.
  • ⏩ Start the data recovery process as soon as you can. The longer you wait to attempt getting the file back, the restoration chances would become more uncertain.
  • 💯 Try the most sure-shot method of file recovery first. It would increase the possibility of successful recovery and might prevent permanent file damage.

Being mindful of these pointers can help avoid severe data loss and make the recovery process quite efficient.

How to Recover PowerPoint (PPT, PPTX) Files with Software

Although various data recovery methods are available to help you restore your PPTX files, third-party software is perhaps the most effective. Instead of relying on temporary folders, these solutions can permanently retrieve your files. While it may seem challenging at first, most file recovery software like Disk Drill is relatively user-friendly.

Steps to recover your PPT, PPTX files with Disk Drill:

Install Disk Drill on your Windows device

  • While it is faster than most recovery software, Disk Drill will take some time to scan your device for lost data. You can choose your recovery method — Quick Scan or Deep Scan . ⏯️ You can also pause and resume scans halfway to glance through the files found.

selecting files for recovery in Disk Drill

Recover PPT, PPTX Files from Windows Recycle Bin and Mac Trash

If you wish to retrieve your deleted PPT, PPTX files, there’s a simple solution to help you get them back. You can use the Windows Recycle Bin or Mac Trash to restore your files to their original location.

Both these folders in your system temporarily store your deleted files. This makes it easy to recover your data without much effort.

Recovering PPT, PPTX files from the Windows Recycle Bin

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  • Once you’ve opened the folder, find and select the PPT or PPTX file you wish to recover.

file restoration from the recycle bin

Recovering PPT, PPTX files from Mac Trash

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Restore from a Recent Files Folder

While the Windows Recycle Bin and the Mac Trash folders offer effortless data recovery, they can only recover deleted files — whether accidental or voluntary. However, you don’t necessarily need to download software to retrieve your data. There are other solutions within your system that can help you restore your lost PPT, PPTX files.

Let’s go through both the options one by one:

Recovering Files Using Windows File History

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  • Make sure you have turned on the File History option. If not, select an internal or external drive to which you want to backup your information, and turn it on.

recovering files using windows history

  • Go through available backups and locate the PPT or PPTX file you want to recover.

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Recovering Files Using Mac Time Machine

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  • Navigate through the folders to locate your PPT or PPTX file from available backups.

restoring files through time machine

Having backups of your data is a valuable practice that always comes in handy in the long run. The techniques mentioned above can assist you with the convenient recovery of your PPT, PPTX files only if you’ve saved them. It may seem like a limitation in comparison with the data recovery efficiency of software. However, there is a bonus feature on PowerPoint that can help recover your lost files.

Recover PPT, PPTX Files using Windows File Recovery

Windows File Recovery is Microsoft’s command-line recovery utility and is available for free download from the Microsoft Store. Since it doesn’t have a graphical user interface, users must enter the corresponding command prompt to recover lost files. This utility supports various file systems and types and is a helpful tool for data recovery. 

Here’s how you can recover PPT, PPTX files with Windows File Recovery:

  • Download Windows File Recovery from the Microsoft Store and Install it on your PC.
  • Launch Windows File Recovery and click the Run as administrator option.
  • Once the Command Prompt window opens, enter the command in the following format: winfr source-drive: destination-drive: [/mode] [/switches]
  • You need to specify a mode in the format mentioned above, according to what’s suitable for your file system. You can use two basic modes to recover files – Regular and Extensive .
  • You can also mention any specific file extensions according to the files you wish to retrieve. For instance, enter a similar command to retrieve PPT, PPTX files: winfr C: E: /extensive /n *.ppt /n *.pptx
  • Note that the source and destination drives must be different. After you’ve entered, Microsoft automatically creates a recovery folder on the destination drive.

recover PPT, PPTX files with Windows File Recovery

Recover PPT, PPTX Files from your Temporary Files Folder

Another method that you can use to retrieve your unsaved PPT, PPTX files is through the temporary files folder. Windows has this temporary folder dedicated to saving files from various applications. Here’s the path to the temporary files folder: C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Temp

There are other ways to access this folder as well. Follow these steps to recover your lost or unsaved PPT, PPTX files from the temporary files folder:

open temp folder

  • Once you run the command, the folder window will open in File Explorer. To narrow down your search options, you can filter through the results by using the following extensions – *.pptx, *.ppt, ppt*.tmp . 

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Recover PPT, PPTX File from a Local Backup

An easier way to retrieve your PPT, PPTX files is to look for them in a local backup. However, turning to this method will only be feasible if you’ve created backups of your files either on hard drives, or on the cloud. In this article, we shall look at the steps to recover PPT, PPTX files from a local backup:

  • Connect your backup drive to your computer.
  • Open it using File Explorer.
  • Look through the data to find your PPT presentation.
  • Copy it to your computer and access the backed up version. 

Recovering PPT, PPTX Files with PowerPoint Features

Did your presentation disappear? PowerPoint provides features that can help recover your unsaved or deleted files. All versions from 2010 and onwards have the Auto Recovery feature and the Recover Unsaved Presentations option. The former saves the file you’re working on at regular time intervals. Both features help the user ensure they have a place from which they can retrieve their lost files.

Auto-Recovery

If you haven’t saved the PPT or PPTX file you’re working on; PowerPoint creates a temporary folder to save these files. You can navigate to the Auto-Recover File Location and look for your file there. However, to enable this feature, you must ensure that the AutoRecover information option is turned on.

enabling auto recovery on powerpoint

Recover Unsaved Presentations

If PowerPoint or your system crashes while you’re working or before you have the chance to check a saved version, you can use this feature. Once you click on the Recover Unsaved Presentations option, it will open your missing file.

recover unsaved presentations

On Windows: Open File > Info > Manage Versions > Recover Unsaved Presentations .

You can find more information on these features at the Microsoft Community.

How to Open PPT, PPTX on Mac and Windows

Microsoft PowerPoint is the most suitable application to open your PPT, PPTX files. It supports all the texts, transition effects, images, clipart, videos, etc., which are vital assets to format the presentation. It is available on both Windows and Mac operating systems as well as on Android and iOS. You can purchase a subscription to Microsoft 365 from Microsoft’s official website.

accessing ppt files on a MAC

You can also view PowerPoint files in several other presentation programs. Some examples are Apple Keynote, Corel Presentations, or PPTX viewer. If you have a Microsoft Account or a Microsoft 365 account, it will allow you to view and edit your presentations in the web browser.

Programs that Open PPT, PPTX Files

While Microsoft PowerPoint works best, multiple applications can support PPT, PPTX files. You may not be able to edit them using these applications, but you can view them easily. Some programs that support PPT, PPTX files are:

On Windows: Microsoft PowerPoint 354 Corel Presentations 2021 File Viewer Plus

On Mac: Microsoft PowerPoint 354 Apple Preview Apple Keynote

Android: File Viewer by Android Microsoft Office Microsoft PowerPoint Google Drive Google Slides

iOS: Microsoft Office Microsoft PowerPoint Google Drive Google Slides

Tips to Avoid PPT, PPTX File Loss

While it is quite possible to recover your lost PPT, PPTX files conveniently, it is advisable to try and avoid data loss situations. Here are a few tips you can follow to keep your files safe:

  • 💿 Save your work manually – While technological advancements have made it easier to recover files, it is good to keep saving your file manually while working. If the system crashes or an unforeseen problem arises, you can seamlessly get back your precious presentations.
  • 💾 Keep multiple backups – Ensure that you have backups of your files. You can either backup your PPT, PPTX files to a different storage device or use the backup features on your systems. Both Windows and Mac OS offer some advanced features that allow you to back up your files safely.
  • ☁️ Enable AutoRecover and AutoSave – Verify that AutoRecover has been turned on in PowerPoint. This feature can help you recover your deleted or unsaved files without hassle. A lot of users fret that they forgot to save their presentations. This is where the AutoSave option is a real gamechanger: It automatically saves the changes you continue to make onto the OneDrive cloud storage.
  • 🩺 Install a good Antivirus – It is crucial to have reliable antivirus software installed on your computer. It will protect your files from malware and prevent file corruption.
  • 🔋 System and Power compatibility – It is suggested that you ensure your system’s compatibility with the software. With constant technical developments, outdated software versions would not work on newer systems. To avoid data loss due to sudden power outages, invest in an Uninterrupted Power Source (UPS).
  • 🗄️ Separate software from other data – You should keep your software and other data, including your media files and documents on different drives. If this isn’t followed, your system can crash, or you risk disk failure. It can thus result in significant data loss.

This information can help you avoid losing your data. However, if a data-loss situation arises, the methods mentioned above can help you recover files or other data.

How to recover unsaved PowerPoint files in Windows 11?

PowerPoint comes ready with features that actively work to keep a record of your presentations, even if you haven’t saved it yet. To do this, PowerPoint takes regular snapshots of your file, which allows you to recover it in the event of sudden power or application failure.

To recover an unsaved PowerPoint file, follow these steps:

  • Open PowerPoint .
  • Click File , then Open . At the bottom of the recent files list, click Recover Unsaved Presentations .
  • Select the unsaved presentation file in the UnsavedFiles folder, then click Open .

Once opened, save the presentation file like normal.

Where are PowerPoint AutoSave files stored?

If you’re not a Microsoft 365 user, the AutoSave feature that automatically saves your presentation almost immediately after any change won’t be available to you. Instead, you must rely on the AutoRecover feature.

AutoRecover, when enabled, will automatically make a copy of your file every 10 minutes by default. The path to this AutoRecover folder is typically C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\PowerPoint\ , but the below instructions will show you how to find the exact location for you.

  • Click File , then Options .
  • Click Save .
  • Copy the path in the AutoRecover file location box and open it in File Explorer .

How to recover unsaved PowerPoint files on OneDrive?

If your PowerPoint presentation crashes before you get a chance to save it in OneDrive, you may still be able to recover it from a version that was automatically saved. To do so, follow these steps.

  • Click File , then Open .
  • Click Recover Unsaved Presentations .
  • Select your unsaved presentation and click Open .

Going forward, if you’re a Microsoft 365 user, consider saving your file in OneDrive immediately after creating it. This way, the AutoSave feature will be enabled from the beginning, which will save your file every few seconds.

How do I recover PowerPoint history?

Follow these steps to recover PowerPoint file history:

  • Open the file you want to view.
  • Click File > Info > Version history . 
  • Select a version to open it in a separate window.
  • If you wish to restore a previous version you’ve opened, select Restore .

Where are temporary PowerPoint files stored?

Temporary PowerPoint files are stores under the following path: C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Temp

Follow these steps to recover temporary PPT, PPTX files:

  • Press Win + R and type in %temp% in the Run prompt.
  • You can filter through the results in File Explorer by using the following extensions – *.pptx, *.ppt, ppt*.tmp . 
  • If the presentation is located within the temporary files folder, it should show up in the results and you can recover it.

How to recover PowerPoint files that were not saved on the iPad?

All PowerPoint presentations are saved automatically on iOS devices. In the event that the AutoSave feature was manually disabled, there will be no way to recover an unsaved presentation.

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How to Recover Unsaved PowerPoint Presentations

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It’s not uncommon to lose hours of work in PowerPoint because of an unexpected system crash, shutdown, or power failure. Microsoft knows that, which is why the program comes with AutoRecover. It’s a feature that helps you retrieve unsaved PowerPoint presentations.

This tutorial will teach you how to use Microsoft PowerPoint’s AutoRecover feature in Windows and macOS, including other tips to recover lost or deleted PowerPoint presentations.

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Recover Unsaved PowerPoint Presentations on Windows

Whenever you work on a presentation in Microsoft PowerPoint for Windows 10 and 11 , the program’s built-in AutoRecover functionality makes periodic backups to a temporary file once every 10 minutes.

If you forgot to save a Microsoft PowerPoint document because of an unexpected issue, you can get it back. There’s no guarantee it may contain the most recent changes, though.

By default, AutoRecover opens the unsaved presentation when you relaunch PowerPoint after a system or application crash. If you see a Recovered Unsaved File banner, select the Save button inside to save it permanently.

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In Microsoft Office 2021 and earlier versions of PowerPoint, a Document Recovery pane should show up to the left of the PowerPoint window, letting you pick the file you want to recover.

If that does not happen, you can view the AutoRecover folder with the following steps:

  • Open PowerPoint and select Open on the Start Screen.
  • Select the Recover Unsaved Presentations button.

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  • On the File Explorer pop-up, open the folder related to the PPT file you want to restore.
  • Select the file and choose Open .

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  • Review the presentation and save it to your PC’s hard drive.

If the Recover Unsaved Presentations option is not visible or PowerPoint repeatedly crashes before you can do anything, visit the program’s AutoRecover file location and retrieve the presentation via File Explorer.

  • Open File Explorer.
  • Copy and paste the following into the address bar, replacing <username> with your Windows user name. Then, press Enter :

C:\Users \<username>\ AppData\Roaming \ Microsoft \PowerPoint

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  • Copy the unsaved PPT file you want to recover to another directory, then double-click to open it in PowerPoint.

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To increase the frequency with which AutoRecover backs up your PowerPoint presentations and improve the chances of retrieving the most recent unsaved changes, you must:

  • Select the File tab and choose Options (or More > Options ).

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  • Select the Save category on the PowerPoint Options sidebar.
  • Modify the box next to Save AutoRecover information every x minutes .

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For example, enter a value of 1 if you want the PowerPoint recovery tool to back up unsaved changes every minute.

Recover Unsaved PowerPoint Files on macOS

Like on Windows, AutoRecover is available on Microsoft PowerPoint for macOS. If you’re working on a PowerPoint presentation on a Mac and experience a sudden crash or shutdown, you should be able to use it to recover the unsaved changes and prevent data loss.

Just re-open PowerPoint. AutoRecover should automatically re-open the presentation you were last working on, allowing you to save the changes permanently.

Suppose that doesn’t happen. Just:

  • Open the Home button and choose Open .
  • Select Recover Unsaved Presentations .
  • Double-click the PPTX file you want to recover.

If the Recover Unsaved Presentations button is not visible, manually visit PowerPoint’s AutoRecover temp folder and retrieve the presentation via Finder.

  • Open Finder and select Go > Go to Folder on the menu bar.

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  • Copy the following path and press Return :

~/Library/Containers/com. Microsoft.Powerpoint /Data/Library/Preferences/ AutoRecovery

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  • Copy the file you want to recover to a different location.

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Manually recovered AutoRecover backups for the Mac do not have a specified file type, so you must go through the following steps to view them in PowerPoint.

  • Right-click the auto-recovered PPTX file and select Open with > Other .

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  • Select All Applications on the drop-down menu next to Enable .
  • Select Microsoft PowerPoint within the list of applications and choose Open .

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By default, AutoRecover saves your presentations every 10 minutes. If you want to increase the chances of recovering the most recent changes:

  • Open PowerPoint and select PowerPoint > Preferences on the menu bar.

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  • Select Save .

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  • Modify the box next to Save AutoRecover information every x minutes and enter a new value—e.g., 1 to make AutoRecover back up your presentation every minute.

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Other Methods to Recover PowerPoint Files:

Unsaved PowerPoint presentations aside, you might have to deal with misplaced or deleted PowerPoint files every now and then. When that happens, here are several ways you can try to get them back.

Check PowerPoint’s Recents List

If you can’t remember the location of a PPTX file, just check PowerPoint’s Recent list on the Start Screen. If the presentation is listed there, select to open it.

Use Windows Search or Spotlight

Your PC or Mac keeps an index of whatever’s in its internal storage. If you can remember the file name of a lost presentation (or even part of it), try searching for it through Windows Search or Spotlight Search .

Check the Recycle Bin or Trash

Windows and macOS store deleted items for 30 days, so check the Recycle Bin or Trash if you can’t find a presentation. If the PPTX file is inside, you can restore it to its original location.

Use File History or Time Machine

You should be able to recover a lost PowerPoint file if your PC or Mac is set to back up to an external hard drive. Learn how to retrieve deleted files or previous versions using File History or Time Machine .

Use a File Recovery Tool

If all else fails, use data recovery software to retrieve deleted PowerPoint files. Check our list of top file recovery programs for the PC and Mac .

Don’t Forget to Save or AutoSave Your Presentations

Losing an unsaved PowerPoint presentation can be a frustrating experience, but with AutoRecover, you can recover your work and stop having to start over from scratch.

Regardless, it’s best not to leave things to chance, so remember to always save your work frequently. If you prefer storing your presentations on OneDrive, use the AutoSave feature in Microsoft Office to avoid lost data.

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Since its release in 1987, PowerPoint has been a go-to platform for creating presentations that support speeches with graphical data. The app first used the PPT format, which was replaced by PPTX in 2007 and brought numerous improvements.

However, neither the PPTX format nor the PowerPoint app are perfect. The files are prone to corruption and viruses, and forgetting to save your work or experiencing a system crash when working with PowerPoint can lead to data loss.

Fortunately, Microsoft has fixed most issues with AutoSave and AutoRecovery features, but there's still a need for a reputable data recovery solution.

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  • Recover Deleted/Lost/Unsaved PPT With Wondershare Recoverit
  • Look for Your Unsaved PowerPoint Files in Temporary Folder
  • Use PowerPoint's Recover Unsaved Presentations Feature
  • Recover an Unsaved PPT File Using PowerPoint AutoRecover
  • Recover a Deleted PowerPoint File From Recycle Bin
  • Recover a Lost PowerPoint File Using Windows File History

How To Ensure You Don't Lose PowerPoint Files in the Future

To help you navigate various data loss scenarios, we've created a detailed table explaining how PowerPoint files get lost, the causes behind these issues, and their appropriate solutions.

How To Recover Deleted or Unsaved PowerPoint Files

Now that we know more about the possible issues related to PowerPoint files and their respective causes and solutions, we can dive straight into the steps for applying each solution. In this article, we are focusing on recovering a deleted or unsaved PPT file on Windows 11/10. If you are a Mac user, you can refer to our guide for PowerPoint file recovery on Mac .

Method 1. Recover Deleted/Lost/Unsaved PPT With Wondershare Recoverit

Situations where your deleted or unsaved PowerPoint files are gone can be particularly frustrating. Fortunately, dedicated data recovery solutions like Wondershare Recoverit can help and work wonders in numerous data loss cases.

  • Recover deleted, unsaved, or lost PPT/PPTX files effectively, safely, and completely.
  • Manages over 500 data loss situations, such as accidental deletion, app or system crashes, virus infection, and hard drive failure.
  • Repairs corrupted PowerPoint file automatically in the preview process.

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Using the app is also incredibly straightforward. Here's how you can do that:

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Accidentally deleting data like PowerPoint presentations can be scary. Still, there's nothing to fear when you have a dedicated data recovery tool like Wondershare Recoverit. Recovering deleted files is quick and effortless - as you can see, it only takes a few clicks and minutes of your time.

It can recover over 1,000 file types, including photos, videos, music, and documents, and works wonders with over 2,000 different storage devices like internal and external drives, NAS servers, USBs, etc.

Method 2. Look for Your Unsaved PowerPoint Files in Temporary Folder

Windows and macOS systems have a temporary file folder, also known as a cache folder, which stores the most recent data the user or system uses. This folder is often filled with recently downloaded Windows or macOS updates, files downloaded through the browser, and items currently in use, like PPT/PPTX files.

Therefore, looking into these folders on either operating system for PowerPoint presentations is an excellent idea. On Windows, you can access the folder by following these steps:

  • Open File Explorer and navigate to C:\Users\ YourUserName \AppData\Roaming\Microsoft .

find presentations in the temporary folder

  • Copy and paste these files to the desktop and change their extension from ".tmp" to ".ppt" or ".pptx" depending on your Microsoft Office version, with PPTX being the default format for versions from 2007 and newer.

For macOS, you'll need to follow different steps:

  • Close down all your active applications.
  • In Finder, click on Go > Go to Folder , and enter the following command: ~/Library/Caches
  • Once inside the cache folder on Mac, locate PPT/PPTX files and drag them to the desktop, or open them and save your presentations elsewhere.

It's worth noting that deleting temporary files and cache is also an excellent way to increase your storage space, but it should only be done after you've found the data you need.

Method 3. Use PowerPoint's Recover Unsaved Presentations Feature

Temporary or cached PPT/PPTX files can also be found in the Microsoft PowerPoint app through the Recent feature, which requires similar steps on Windows and macOS. Here's how you can find it:

  • Launch the Microsoft PowerPoint app after it or the system has crashed.
  • Click the File menu and then select Open .

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  • Choose the unsaved recent PowerPoint presentation and open it.

It's highly recommended that you save the file to a safe location as soon as you open it to avoid app or system crashes affecting your files again.

Method 4. Recover an Unsaved PPT File Using PowerPoint AutoRecover

The last few versions of PowerPoint include a nifty little feature called AutoRecover. Microsoft added this feature into a few Office apps to allow users to recover files in case of system or app crashes. You can find the AutoRecover feature by following these steps on Windows or macOS:

  • Open a PowerPoint presentation and navigate to File > Home > Options > Save .

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  • Open Windows Explorer, paste the path on the address bar and hit"Enter" to search the lost unsaved PowerPoint file.

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You can also change the frequency of the Autorecover feature by modifying the Save every X minutes box. The AutoRecover File Location box is also here, allowing you to change the location where PowerPoint files are saved.

Method 5. Recover a Deleted PowerPoint File From Recycle Bin

If you've accidentally deleted PowerPoint presentations that you still need, these PPT or PPTX files have likely wound up in Windows' Recycle Bin, so you can effortlessly recover them. Here's how:

  • Open the Recycle Bin.

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  • Find the restored PPT/PPTX files in the folders they've previously occupied before deletion.

If you have emptied the Recycle Bin , you'll need to go back to the Wondershare Recoverit solution and use that, as a dedicated data recovery app is the only thing that can help in such situations.

Method 6. Recover a Lost PowerPoint File Using Windows File History

If you're a Windows user, you're likely aware of the built-in backup and recovery tools by the name File History. This tool is handy in situations related to accidental file deletion, failing disk drives, and mistakenly formatted storage devices.

Here's how to use File History on Windows 10 to recover your lost or unsaved PowerPoint presentations:

open windows 10 settings

  • Click it, then you will get the list of the backed up files. Find the unsaved powerpoint file you wish to recover, then click the green icon to restore it.

If you have upgraded your system to the latest Windows 11 version, follow these steps:

locate and open windows 11 file history

  • If you didn't use File History before, you need to turn it on and select a drive to backup.

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  • Check the avaiable backup files and find the powerpoint file you are trying to recover.
  • Once you find it, click the green icon and restore it.

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Remember that you can only use File History if you've previously set up these features and use them as backup options. If that's not the case, you'll have to use the mentioned data recovery method.

Although recovering PPT/PPTX nowadays is effortless, with numerous solutions that can help regardless of how you lost data, prevention is still better than treating. We've included a few tips to help you avoid PowerPoint data loss in the future:

  • Manually Save Files - While Microsoft's AutoSave and AutoRecover features are fantastic, and you should undoubtedly keep them enabled on supported apps, manually saving your work is still relevant and necessary. Creating a habit of hitting CTRL + S whenever you get up from the PC or every few minutes can be immensely helpful.
  • Use Reliable Backup Software - Windows and macOS provide decent and helpful built-in backup tools like Backup and Restore , File History , and Time Machine . However, a dedicated backup tool like Wondershare UBackit is even better, providing more options and features like scheduled and automatic backups.
  • Install a Trustworthy Antivirus - Keeping a reliable AV or anti-malware tool on your computer is vital for protecting yourself from digital threats. And since viruses and malware can cause chaos, delete data, encrypt files, and lead to corruption, there are even more reasons to get a proper security app.
  • Invest in a UPS - System crashes are often caused by power loss, and if you live in an area where power surges are common, investing in a UPS is a terrific idea. Not only will it save you from losing valuable data, but it'll also keep your hardware components healthy, as power surges can damage them.

Separating your OS, applications, media, and vital or work files is also a great option, and you can do that by dividing your disk drive into partitions. Alternatively, you can invest in multiple HDD/SSDs, each with different types of files.

Microsoft PowerPoint is one of the most widely used applications for creating graphical presentations that support speeches. It uses PPT and PPTX files, which, although massively improved over the years, are still prone to accidental deletion, viruses, or corruption. The app can also suffer from power losses and system crashes, resulting in deleted or unsaved PowerPoint presentations.

There are numerous culprits behind PowerPoint presentation data loss, and we've included a detailed table with the most common cases and their causes and appropriate solutions.

From utilizing PowerPoint's AutoSave and AutoRecover features to looking through temporary files to using dedicated data recovery tools like Wondershare Recoverit, there are numerous methods for retrieving PPT/PPTX data, and we've included the top solutions for recovering deleted and unsaved PowerPoint files.

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How to Recover Deleted PPT File in Windows 10 | Useful Guide

It can be very annoying when you accidentally delete essential PowerPoint files in Windows 10. Do you know how to recover deleted PPT files in Windows 10? Read this passage, and you'll learn more about the top recovery suggestions.

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Lose important PPT files in Windows 10 because of accidental deletion or mistakenly disk formatting? You can  recover deleted PPT files in Windows 10  with multiple methods, but we will only recommend the best ways to help restore deleted MS Office PowerPoint files in Windows 10.

Suggestion 1. Recover Deleted PPT Files in Windows 10 with Recovery Software

The first method is the most effective way to recover deleted PPT files when you don't have PPT backups on external hard drives and have already checked the  Windows 10 Recycle Bin . The professional PPT recovery software will scan the whole storage device to find accidentally deleted PowerPoint worksheets.

You'd better try  EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard  to dig into the storage devices, find deleted data, and restore removed PPT files. Download it today to experience the PPT recovery function.

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EaseUS recovery tool can perform  Recycle Bin recovery  to restore deleted PowerPoint files in Windows 10. This software can restore PPT files from multiple devices, including internal C/D drives, external hard disks, USB flash drives, and SD cards. It would be best if you had this  PPT recovery  tool to get deleted and unsaved PowerPoints back without backups.

Now, read the following recovery tutorial and retrieve deleted PPTs with EaseUS  MS Office file recovery software :

Step 1.  Find the installation package and install the software on Windows 10, then select a disk or folder to scan for lost PPTs.

select a location and click scan

Step 2.  Select the Path tab to  recover deleted files in Windows 10 , and select "Document" to show all the lost PPT or other MS Office documents. The folders are names with different file formats, and you can find the ppt/pptx folder to view deleted PPTs.

choose the ppt folder

Step 3.  After opening the PPT folder, select the target PPT file with the help of the preview button. After confirming the file is the wanted one, choose "Recover" and save the recovered PPT files in a new location.

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Share this PPT file recovery program on Facebook, X, and Instagram to help more readers restore lost PowerPoint documents.

Suggestion 2. Restore Deleted Presentations in Windows 10 from the Recycle Bin

Want to  recover deleted files without software ? Windows Recycle Bin offers the opportunity to restore accidentally deleted PPT files without backup or software. 

Step 1.  Quickly open the Recycle Bin folder on the desktop on a Windows 10 computer.

type in %temp%

Step 2.  Find the deleted PPT in the trash folder and right-click it to restore it to its original location. If you delete the PPT from the desktop, the file will also be restored to the desktop.

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By the way, if you cannot recover deleted PPT files from the Recycle Bin folder or accidentally click "Delete" to permanently delete the file, apply the outstanding PPT data recovery software like EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard .

Suggestion 3. Find Deleted Windows 10 PowerPoint Files from the Temp Folder

Microsoft Office has an AutoRecover option that can help MS Office users recover unsaved PowerPoint. Windows also has a temporary folder that may keep the temporary copy of the deleted PPT file.

Check this guide to access the temp folder and recover PPT files:

Step 1.  Press the Windows + R keys together to wake up the Run program quickly. Then, type in %temp% and press the Enter key to open the temporary folder.

Step 2.  All the temporary files will be here, and you can type in ppt or the file name in the search box to quickly find the PowerPoint file.

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We'll be glad if the deleted PPT files are retrieved from the Windows 10 computer with the recommended methods.

Don't forget to download the recovery software mentioned in the first method. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard can fix most PPT loss situations from various storage devices.

Windows 10 Deleted PPT Recovery FAQs

Recovering deleted PPT files in Windows 10 is possible, and here are some additional questions and answers about this topic. Keep reading to get to know more:

1. How do I recover permanently deleted PPT files in Windows 10?

Applying recent backup is the best way to recover permanently deleted PPT files in Windows 10 or other OSs. If you don't have backups, find a reliable PPT recovery program.

2. Where are PowerPoint temp files stored in Windows 10?

PowerPoint temporary files in Windows 10 are typically stored in the following location: C:\Users\admin\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\PowerPoint

3. What is the best PPT file recovery software?

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is a comprehensive data recovery software that supports recovering PowerPoint files. It offers a straightforward recovery process for both deleted and lost files, even for users who lack computer knowledge.

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Picture this. You are working since morning on an important PowerPoint Presentation and have added all the essential statistics, images, graphs, charts, and other necessary details and then saved it. Since the presentation was offsite, you decide to move it to a pen drive. To execute the transfer process, you connected the pen drive and used the Cut + Copy + Paste command. However, while the file was in process of transfer, an abrupt power failure occurred and the system turned off as a consequence. The moment it came back, you rebooted the machine and accessed both the system and pen drive, but unfortunately, the PowerPoint file was missing. You also juggled with other files saved on your system but did not find anything.

Now, the question arises as to where the file is? Is PowerPoint recovery helpful in such cases?

This is a common scenario faced by all of us at a certain point in time where we end up losing an important document. Fortunately, it is not as challenging as it seems. There are several options to combat it. Here is a comprehensive guide for restoring your lost or deleted PowerPoint Presentation. However, before we delve into it, let us have a quick outline of PowerPoint and its loss factors.

PowerPoint Files Insight

In simple words, PowerPoint File is a complete graphics representation package of your data. Further, using it, you can easily add Animations, Shapes, Banners, Callouts, Image Objects, Tables, Charts, etc. to your file. In short, it is a vital program.

Despite having numerous benefits, it is not 100% immune to lose or deletion cases. When such reality situation arises, the only possible outcome is panic and the best solution to overcome this is a Free PowerPoint recovery tool.

How to Recover Deleted PowerPoint File

There are different Free hacks using which you can recover your lost or deleted PowerPoint File.

Approach 1: Restore from Recycle Bin

The most common way to restore the deleted PowerPoint file.

Steps are as follows:

  • Go to Recycle Bin
  • Search for the desired Presentation
  • Select and Right-click
  • Choose Restore

Approach 2: Free PowerPoint Data Recovery Tool

Free PowerPoint recovery software approach will help you recover your lost or deleted presentation file. This method is free from manual intervention, , doesn’t demand any technical know-how and minimizes data risks.

You have a plethora of free file recovery options for file Recovery in the online marketplace, however, still, the selection is a bit tedious as you cannot check each & every solution and you cannot go with any random tool. The reason being both has its own cons, and as a consequence can result in further worsening the situation.

Therefore, to make your selection as well as recovery bit easier and comfortable, we bring forth the most demanded and used free deleted presentation recovery software Stellar Windows Data Recovery—Free Edition . It’s Powerful Scan Engine, Robust Recovery Modules, Efficient Search Features, and Pre-Recovery Preview Support are some of its key traits that distinguish it from its humble competitors.

  Approach 3: Temporary Files

Initially, when we start a file, it creates a temporary file for the same.   You can easily find it either on the network drive where you store it or in the windows temp directory ,:\DocumentsandSettings\<username>\Application Data\Microsoft”. Usually, the file you will find them in the temp section will have few extra letter after the title.

Approach 4:  Previously Stored File

Another quite efficient method to restore lost or deleted file. For this, you need to verify whether you have enabled AutoRecover . Its steps are as follows:

  • Select Option
  • Select Save
  • Under Save Presentat ion option, there is an option stating AutoRecover File Location
  • Copy and Paste Address and Open it.
  • Select the desired File from it.

The Bottom Line

Losing or deleting a file either intentionally or accidentally is not a welcome situation for all regardless of whether you are Standard User or a Professional User. When such a scenario arises, the only point of consideration is its recovery. And to cater this request, here are few standard free approaches to recover your files. Further, there is also a recommendation of a well-known Free PowerPoint recovery software that ensures to recover your accidentally deleted files diligently and without compromise.

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Microsoft PowerPoint is one of the most popular software programs for making presentations. It has a number of features that can help you to create engaging and effective presentations. However, sometimes things can go wrong and you may accidentally delete a slide from your presentation. This can be a frustrating experience, especially if you have put a lot of effort into creating the slide. Fortunately, there are ways to recover deleted slides in PowerPoint. In this article, we will explore the different methods that you can use to recover deleted slides in PowerPoint.

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Understanding the Importance of Recovering Deleted Slides in PowerPoint

Deleted slides in PowerPoint can mean lost time, lost effort, and lost information, especially if your presentation is work-critical or contains important data. Losing a slide can result in a broken narrative, an incomplete message, or just a plain unprofessional presentation. This is why it is important to know how to recover deleted slides in PowerPoint so that you can quickly get back to creating a comprehensive and effective presentation.

One of the most common reasons for accidentally deleting a slide in PowerPoint is due to human error. This can happen when you are in a rush, or when you are not paying close attention to what you are doing. However, there are also instances where a slide can be deleted due to technical issues, such as a software glitch or a power outage. In these cases, it is important to have a backup plan in place to ensure that you can recover your deleted slides.

Fortunately, PowerPoint has a built-in feature that allows you to recover deleted slides. This feature is called the “Recover Unsaved Presentations” option, and it can be accessed through the “File” menu. By using this feature, you can quickly and easily recover any slides that you may have accidentally deleted, without having to start your presentation from scratch.

Common Reasons for Losing Slides in PowerPoint and How to Avoid Them

Deleted slides in PowerPoint can be caused by a number of reasons, such as accidentally clicking the wrong button, closing the presentation without saving, power failure, computer crash, or even a virus attack. One way to avoid losing slides is to save your presentation regularly or use auto-save features. Another way to prevent data loss is to create a backup of your presentation files on a regular basis. You can also avoid accidental deletion by being careful when selecting and editing slides, and by using the ‘Undo’ function immediately after making a mistake.

In addition to the above mentioned reasons, losing slides in PowerPoint can also occur due to file corruption or compatibility issues with different versions of PowerPoint. To avoid this, it is recommended to use the latest version of PowerPoint and to regularly update your software. It is also important to ensure that any images or videos used in your presentation are properly embedded or linked, as missing files can cause slides to disappear.

Furthermore, losing slides can be a frustrating experience, especially if you have spent a lot of time and effort creating them. To minimize the impact of data loss, it is advisable to have a plan in place for how to recover lost slides. This can include using file recovery software, contacting technical support, or seeking assistance from colleagues or friends who are experienced with PowerPoint. By having a backup plan, you can reduce the stress and anxiety associated with losing important presentation data.

Recovering Deleted Slides in PowerPoint – A Step-by-Step Guide

The simplest way to recover deleted slides in PowerPoint is to use the ‘Undo’ function. If you accidentally deleted a slide, you can try to undo the deletion by pressing CTRL+Z . If this doesn’t work, you can try using other methods. One method to recover deleted slides is to check for automatically saved versions of the presentation. PowerPoint has an auto-recovery feature that saves versions of your work every few minutes. To access these versions, go to ‘File’, then ‘Info’, and click on ‘Manage Versions’ to see if there is a version that contains your deleted slide.

It is important to note that prevention is always better than cure. To avoid accidentally deleting slides, it is recommended to save multiple versions of your PowerPoint presentation as you work on it. This way, if you accidentally delete a slide, you can easily revert to a previous version. Additionally, it is a good practice to regularly back up your files to an external hard drive or cloud storage service to ensure that you always have a copy of your work in case of any unforeseen circumstances.

Using the ‘Undo’ Function to Retrieve Deleted Slides in PowerPoint

The ‘Undo’ function in PowerPoint allows you to reverse actions you have taken in your presentation. If you have accidentally deleted a slide, select CTRL+Z or click on the undo arrow in the quick access toolbar at the top of the PowerPoint window. Continuing to select CTRL+Z will continue to undo your last action. If you have made other changes to your presentation since the slide was deleted, continuing to undo may delete those changes as well.

It is important to note that the ‘Undo’ function in PowerPoint has a limit to how far back it can undo actions. If you have made several changes to your presentation since the slide was deleted, the ‘Undo’ function may not be able to retrieve the deleted slide. In this case, you can try using the ‘Recover Unsaved Presentations’ feature in PowerPoint. This feature can be accessed by clicking on ‘File’ in the top left corner of the PowerPoint window, then selecting ‘Open’ and ‘Recover Unsaved Presentations’. From there, you can search for and open any unsaved presentations that may contain the deleted slide.

Recovering Deleted Slides in PowerPoint from the ‘Recycle Bin’

If you can’t recover your deleted slide using the ‘Undo’ function or the ‘Recover Unsaved Presentations’ feature, you may need to check if you have a backup of the entire PowerPoint file. If you have deleted the entire PowerPoint file and it was sent to the ‘Recycle Bin’, you can recover the file from there. To do this, open the ‘Recycle Bin’ folder, look for the PowerPoint file that you were working on, right-click it, and select ‘Restore’ to recover the entire presentation file.

It is important to note that the ‘Recycle Bin’ has a limited storage capacity and once it reaches its maximum limit, it automatically starts deleting the oldest files to make space for new ones. Therefore, it is recommended to check the ‘Recycle Bin’ as soon as possible after deleting the file to increase the chances of finding it. Additionally, if you have permanently deleted the PowerPoint file, then the ‘Recycle Bin’ will not be able to help you recover it.

How to Restore Previous Versions of PowerPoint Presentations

If the deleted slide is not in the ‘Recycle Bin’, you can try restoring a previous version of your PowerPoint presentation. Windows operating systems have a built-in tool called ‘File History’. This tool can be used to search and restore previous versions of your presentation files. To use the ‘File History’ tool, navigate to the folder where your PowerPoint presentation file is located. Right-click on the file name and choose ‘Properties’. In the ‘Properties’ window, select the ‘Previous Versions’ tab. Find the file version that contains the deleted slide and click on ‘Restore’.

It is important to note that the ‘File History’ tool is only available on Windows 8 and later versions. If you are using an older version of Windows, you can still restore previous versions of your PowerPoint presentation by using the ‘System Restore’ feature. This feature allows you to roll back your computer to a previous point in time, which can restore your PowerPoint presentation to a previous version.

Another option for restoring previous versions of your PowerPoint presentation is to use a third-party data recovery software. These software programs can scan your computer’s hard drive and recover deleted or lost files, including PowerPoint presentations. However, it is important to choose a reputable software program and follow the instructions carefully to avoid further data loss or damage to your computer.

Using File Recovery Software to Retrieve Deleted Slides in PowerPoint

If the above methods have not worked, then file recovery software might be the next option to try. These software programs let you scan your hard drive for deleted files and restore them, or at least a previous version of them. There are many different file recovery software programs available, both free and paid. Install the most suitable one for your needs and follow the instructions provided by the software to recover your deleted slides.

It is important to note that file recovery software may not always be successful in retrieving deleted slides. This is because the software relies on the fact that the deleted file has not been overwritten by new data. If the file has been overwritten, then it cannot be recovered. Therefore, it is recommended to use file recovery software as soon as possible after realizing that the slides have been deleted.

Another important consideration when using file recovery software is to ensure that you download it from a reputable source. Some software programs may contain malware or viruses that can harm your computer. It is also important to read reviews and do research on the software before downloading it to ensure that it is effective and safe to use.

Tips and Tricks for Preventing Data Loss in PowerPoint Presentations

Prevention is always better than cure, and that’s certainly the case when it comes to preventing data loss in PowerPoint presentations. Regular saving of presentations, the usage of cloud storage solutions like OneDrive, using Anti-Virus Software, keeping the system updated can prevent data loss. Always have a backup, so that if something goes wrong you’ll have your files safe and easily retrievable.

Understanding the Limitations of Recovering Deleted Slides in PowerPoint

While there are many ways to recover deleted slides in PowerPoint, it is important to understand that not all deleted slides can be recovered. If the slide was permanently deleted, overwritten, or damaged, for example, no data recovery software will be able to recover that slide. For this reason, it is always best to take proactive measures to prevent data loss in your presentations.

In conclusion, losing a slide in PowerPoint can be a serious problem, but with the right knowledge and tools, you can recover the lost data and avoid similar issues in the future.

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Microsoft PowerPoint lets you view and switch to older versions of your presentations. If you accidentally deleted something important and it got overwritten in PowerPoint, here's how to restore it.

Before you get started, make sure that you have a Microsoft 365 subscription. The ability to view and restore previous versions of PowerPoint presentations can be accessed only through a Microsoft 365 subscription.

Fortunately, this subscription also gives you access to all other Office apps, along with 1TB of OneDrive storage. You can put the cloud storage to good use by automatically saving your presentations to OneDrive.

Also, enabling auto-save  on PowerPoint is required for accessing version history. To do so, you'll need to create a new PowerPoint presentation and then turn the "AutoSave" switch on in the document's title bar. When PowerPoint shows you a confirmation pop-up, select "OneDrive."

Related: How to Automatically Save PowerPoint Presentations to OneDrive

Now that you've sorted out the basics, open PowerPoint and load any PowerPoint presentation. There are two ways to check version history here, and we'll show you both.

First, click "File" in the menu bar.

Click File

In the left pane, click "Info."

Click Info

Click "Version History" on the right.

Click Version History

Alternately, you can click the file name at the top of the document that you've opened and select "Version History" from the pop-up menu.

Click Version History

No matter which method you choose, a new pane labeled "Version History" will open up on the right-hand side of your presentation in PowerPoint.

Microsoft PowerPoint sorts older versions of the document by date and time here. To load a previous version of the presentation, click the "Open version" button below the version that you need to go back to.

Click Open version

This will open a read-only file that shows an older version of your PowerPoint presentation. Right below the ribbon menu, you'll see a button labeled "Restore." Click it to go back to the previous version.

Click Restore

Note that this will overwrite your PowerPoint presentation. You can always repeat the same steps to visit the modified version of your document in case you want to copy any additional changes to the older version.

If you use Microsoft 365 apps frequently, you might also be interested in knowing how to restore previous versions of Excel workbooks or Word documents .

Related: How to View and Restore Previous Versions of a Word Document

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Thank you for querying in this forum.

From your description, it seems that you have deleted a slide accidently from a saved PowerPoint file and you want to recover that slide.

If my understanding is right, for the situation you encountered, we do understand the inconvenience caused and apologize for it, and we will also provide some suggestions below and hope that will help you:

If you have not closed that PowerPoint file after deleting slide, you can click Undo button to undo your action.

If you saved this PowerPoint file in OneDrive for business, you can refer to this article to restore older versions of your files stored in OneDrive for business. For your reference: Restore a previous version of a file stored in OneDrive

If you saved your file on the local and have closed the file after deleting the slide, we’re afraid that you may not recover that slide. We also understand that you want to recover that slide, however, on the local, we don’t have such option to recover a deleted slide in PowerPoint. And to avoid such situation in the further, we’d suggest you save your file in OneDrive for business, and you can check version history of file in OneDrive and restore specific version you want.

Your understanding and patience will be highly appreciated. I hope that you are keeping safe and well!

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Did you accidentally delete your PowerPoint Presentation or close the program without saving your file? You don’t have to show up to work (or class) empty-handed – at least not yet. As long as you act quickly, there are different methods you can try to recover your lost PowerPoint on Mac… and most of them are free!

Options to Restore Unsaved or Deleted PowerPoint Files on a Mac

There are 4 different methods to restore a deleted or unsaved PowerPoint presentation on your Mac: (1) using data recovery software, (2) using PowerPoint’s autosave feature, (3) pulling your data from the temp folder, and (4) restoring a Time Machine backup.

Regardless of which method you choose to restore your PowerPoint file, make sure that you don’t save ANYTHING new to your Mac. Doing so may overwrite your PowerPoint data.

Option 1: Recover Deleted PowerPoint with Data Recovery Software

If you accidentally deleted your PowerPoint file, its data isn’t actually “erased” yet. The data still exists on your computer’s hard drive, but it’s inaccessible and marked to be overwritten.

You can use data recovery software to restore a deleted PowerPoint on your Mac. Even if you can’t access your files through macOS, data recovery software can retrieve (and rebuild, if necessary) your lost PowerPoint directly from the file system.

We’ll demonstrate the recovery process using a tool called Disk Drill . Disk Drill is popular data recovery software that works on all Mac file systems (HFS+, APFS) and supports pretty much all common Microsoft Office file types – including PowerPoint presentations.

To recover a deleted PowerPoint on Mac using Disk Drill:

  • Download and install Disk Drill.

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Recover Unsaved PowerPoint Using PowerPoint Autosave Feature

The autosave feature in Microsoft PowerPoint is a super useful tool that saves a temporary copy of your file at regular intervals. It contains all the changes that were made since the last autosave.

And because the copy uses a different file extension from the original, it won’t overwrite the previous version of the original file’s history. You can use it in case you prematurely closed your file or to recover overwritten files .

To recover your unsaved or overwritten PowerPoint using the autosave feature:

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  • Save your file.

Option 3: Restore Unsaved PowerPoint Files with Temp Folder

Let’s say you didn’t enable the autosave feature and you’re in a situation where you couldn’t have saved your file. For example, your computer suddenly shut down or you encountered a critical system error.

In such cases, the process of unsaved PowerPoint recovery (on Mac) entails locating the file in the temporary or “Temp” folder. This folder stores temporary data for various applications to improve performance and efficiency.

To recover your unsaved PowerPoint on Mac using the Temp folder:

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This command will open the Temp folder in Finder. You can check the TemporaryItems and com.microsoft.PowerPoint subfolders for your unsaved presentation. If you find it, double-click your file to open it in PowerPoint and save it ( File > Save/Save As ).

Option 4: Recover .PPT Files with Time Machine Backup

In other words, it may have saved a previous version of the folder that once stored your PowerPoint. By restoring this version of that folder, you will also restore its contents at the time of the backup.

To recover your PowerPoint presentation from a Time Machine backup:

  • Connect your Time Machine drive to your Mac.

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You should find your missing PowerPoint in its original location.

We understand that PowerPoint presentations require a lot of effort to put together, which is why we prepared this guide. But while there are multiple ways to restore an unsaved PowerPoint on Mac (or a deleted one), they aren’t always guaranteed to work – data can easily be overwritten even by innocuous operating system processes.

To avoid losing your presentations in the future (and prolong your lifespan), we suggest the following: (1) enable the autosave feature in Microsoft PowerPoint (top left corner of the window), (2) enable Time Machine, and (3) manually back up your data to a separate drive or to a cloud storage service like iCloud or Google Drive.

How do I recover a PowerPoint that was not saved on my Mac?

To recover a PowerPoint file not saved on your Mac:

  • If you didn’t save your presentation at all, check your Mac’s Temp folder for a copy of the file. To go to the Temp folder, use the open TMPDIR$ command in Terminal.
  • If autosave was enabled and you saved your presentation at least once, you might be able to access the most recent version. With PowerPoint open, click File > Open Recent > Recover Unsaved Presentations.

Where are auto-recovery files saved in PowerPoint?

PowerPoint’s auto-recovery files are saved in the autorecovery folder, which is a good place to look if your PowerPoint disappeared. It has different locations depending on your version of Microsoft Office. For Office 2009 and 2011: /Users/username/Library/Application Support/ Microsoft/Office/Office (version) AutoRecovery

How do I restore a previous PowerPoint File?

To restore a previous PowerPoint file, you have 2 options:

  • Restore a previous version from the Version History menu. With PowerPoint open, click File > Open and right-click your presentation and select Version History . Click the version you want to restore and click Restore .
  • Restore a Time Machine backup containing the version you want.

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  1. How to Recover a Deleted or Unsaved PowerPoint File

    1. Open a blank Microsoft PowerPoint document and click the File tab. 2. Click the Options link at the bottom. 3. Choose the Save option from the left. 4.Once you find the section with a path...

  2. Recover your PowerPoint files

    Click the File button in the ribbon and then click the Home tab in the menu. Click the Recover Unsaved Presentations button at the bottom of the screen to navigate to the folder where AutoRecover files are stored. Change how frequently AutoRecover files are saved Change the location where AutoRecover files are saved Access the AutoRecover folder

  3. How to Recover a Deleted or Unsaved PowerPoint Presentation

    Method 1: Use Operating System Features The first place to look for any lost files is in the special folders that the Windows and Mac operating systems provide to temporarily store deleted items. To recover a PowerPoint presentation from the Windows Recycle Bin, follow these steps: Open the Recycle Bin by clicking on its icon.

  4. How to Recover Deleted/Unsaved PowerPoint Files (Windows 10)

    Method #1: Click Recover Unsaved Presentations As soon as you create a presentation, PowerPoint saves it in a special folder, called UnsavedFiles. The presentation is stored in this folder until you click the Save button and provide your own directory.

  5. How to Recover a Deleted PowerPoint Presentation on Windows

    Double-click on the Recycle Bin icon on the desktop, or search for the Recycle Bin in Windows Search ( Windows Key + S ). Look for the PowerPoint presentation and right-click on it. Choose Restore. The PowerPoint presentation will be restored to its original location. Option 2: Recover your PowerPoint from a Windows Backup

  6. How to Recover an Unsaved PowerPoint

    AutoRecover Alternate Method Recover Deleted Presentation Enable AutoSave Frequently Asked Questions What to Know File > Open > Recover Unsaved Presentations. Or: File > Info > Manage Presentations > Recover Unsaved Presentations. Check your Recycle Bin and automatic backup folders for deleted presentations, or use recovery software.

  7. Recover an unsaved PowerPoint: how to restore lost or deleted files

    The easiest and fastest way to restore a PowerPoint is to use the built-in feature under Open > Recent > Restore Unsaved Presentation. How to recover an unsaved PowerPoint file If you try to close an unsaved PowerPoint file, the program will display a warning message. This message lets you know that changes to the file still need to be saved.

  8. 3 Ways to Recover Unsaved or Deleted PowerPoint Presentation

    In this video tutorial, we will discover how to recover unsaved PowerPoint presentation. đź“Š Recover deleted PPT file: https://bit.ly/3w66Qd3Timestamps:00:00 ...

  9. How to Recover Deleted or Unsaved PowerPoint File

    A few tips and tricks that can be helpful in data-loss situations are: đź’ľ Keep more than one backup of your PPTX file. In case of an unexpected file loss, having backups would ensure a smooth recovery process. If your device crashes or you want to retrieve your file, avoid writing new data to that drive.

  10. How to Recover Unsaved PowerPoint Presentations

    Use Windows Search or Spotlight Check the Recycle Bin or Trash Use File History or Time Machine Use a File Recovery Tool Don't Forget to Save or AutoSave Your Presentations Recover Unsaved PowerPoint Presentations on Windows

  11. How To Recover an Unsaved/Deleted PPT File [6 Ways]

    Method 1. Recover Deleted/Lost/Unsaved PPT With Wondershare Recoverit Situations where your deleted or unsaved PowerPoint files are gone can be particularly frustrating. Fortunately, dedicated data recovery solutions like Wondershare Recoverit can help and work wonders in numerous data loss cases. Wondershare Recoverit

  12. How to Recover Deleted PPT File in Windows 10

    Home > File Recovery Updated by Dany on Dec 27, 2023 Categories PAGE CONTENT: Suggestion 1. Recover Deleted PPT Files in Windows 10 with Recovery Software Suggestion 2. Restore Deleted Presentations in Windows 10 from the Recycle Bin Suggestion 3. Find Deleted Windows 10 PowerPoint Files from the Temp Folder

  13. How to Recover Accidentally Deleted PowerPoint Presentation for Free

    Approach 1: Restore from Recycle Bin The most common way to restore the deleted PowerPoint file. Steps are as follows: Go to Recycle Bin Search for the desired Presentation Select and Right-click

  14. [Fixed]4 Easy Methods to Recover Unsaved or Deleted PowerPoint

    Step 2. When PowerPoint launches, click on the File tab and choose Open followed by Recent. Step 3. On the following screen, click on the button that says Recover Unsaved Presentations at the bottom of the screen. Step 4. You should be able to select your unsaved files and recover them on your computer.

  15. How to Recover a Deleted Slide in PowerPoint

    To use the 'File History' tool, navigate to the folder where your PowerPoint presentation file is located. Right-click on the file name and choose 'Properties'. In the 'Properties' window, select the 'Previous Versions' tab. Find the file version that contains the deleted slide and click on 'Restore'.

  16. Accidentally deleted my PowerPoint presentation. How do I recover it

    Check the OneDrive recycle Bin folder (or) and look for any third-party app on the App store to recover the deleted document. (OR) You can restore files you deleted from other apps within the last 30 days, whether you deleted them on iCloud, or on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or Windows computer. 1. In Settings on iCloud, click Restore ...

  17. How to View and Restore Old Versions of PowerPoint Files

    Right below the ribbon menu, you'll see a button labeled "Restore." Click it to go back to the previous version. Note that this will overwrite your PowerPoint presentation. You can always repeat the same steps to visit the modified version of your document in case you want to copy any additional changes to the older version.

  18. Recovering a deleted Powerpoint side

    Recovering a deleted Powerpoint side - Microsoft Community Ask a new question ER EricPJ Created on July 14, 2021 Recovering a deleted Powerpoint side I accidently deleted a slide from a saved Powerpoint presentation. How can I recover that slide? This thread is locked. You can vote as helpful, but you cannot reply or subscribe to this thread.

  19. 5 Solutions to Recover Deleted or Unsaved PowerPoint Files

    Therefore, if you want to recover your lost PowerPoint presentations, you must act quickly. Step 1: Launch your Windows machine. Step 2: Then, in the upper left corner, click the "File" button. Once you click the "File" button, you will find a "Recent" option located under "Open". Step 3: Click "Recover Unsaved Presentations" at ...

  20. All 4 Ways for You to Recover Deleted and Unsaved PowerPoint Files

    Deleted a so important PowerPoint file by wrong? Closed PowerPoint without clicking Save? What're the effective ways to recover deleted or unsaved PowerPoint...

  21. Best 3 Ways to Recover PowerPoint Files

    Best 3 Ways to Recover PowerPoint Files - Unsaved/Deleted iMyFone 41.3K subscribers Subscribe 395 54K views 2 years ago In this video, you will learn how to recover unsaved or deleted...

  22. How to Recover Deleted or Unsaved PowerPoint File on a Mac

    To recover a deleted PowerPoint on Mac using Disk Drill: Download and install Disk Drill. Launch Disk Drill (Finder > Applications). Select the drive that you used to save the PowerPoint file before you deleted it. Presentations are saved to your system drive by default. Then, click Search for lost data.

  23. PowerPoint Recovery

    How to recover deleted powerpoint presentation? Try Recoverit data recovery software to recover deleted PPT files easily and quickly: http://bit.ly/3aleyUbPo...