Powerpoint Recovery: How to Recover Unsaved PowerPoint File

Last Updated: September 20th, 2022By Categories: File/Data Recovery
Recover an unsaved PowerPoint

While doing our Powerpoint file for work or schoolwork, the last thing we want is a sudden crash of the Powerpoint software, the computer system, or the power system of your neighborhood. Any of them will destroy your hours or days of hard work when we forget to save the Powerpoint file. Your boss, business partner, colleagues, or teacher will never buy your excuse for the delay of the presentation.

If this nightmare really turns into reality, don’t worry just yet. Microsoft Powerpoint provides users with a Powerpoint document recovery option by default. You can simply find the access on your Powerpoint software and recover the unsaved file back to your computer with one click.

Keep up and let’s recover your Powerpoint file. Note that the default recovery methods provided by Powerpoint might not work every time. If you’ve them already, don’t lose hope, we have another perfect option to make it up.

Method 1: Recover Unsaved Powerpoint File on Microsoft Powerpoint Directly

On your Powerpoint software, there’s this option that can get your unsaved Powerpoint file back – the Recover Unsaved Presentations button.

With this, you don’t need any third-party programs or complex process, simply locate and click it to recover your Powerpoint file.

Launch Powerpoint on your computer, and click on File from the top left corner of the initial interface. Then, choose Open from the sidebar and proceed with Recent.

Then, Powerpoint will list every file that you have edited lately. If you can find the unsaved one from the list, simply launch the file and save it to your computer.

Recover an unsaved PowerPoint

If not, scroll all the way down and click Recover Unsaved Presentations. Then it will lead you to a Saved Draft or Unsaved folder filled with all the Powerpoint files you’ve edited before. Browse and locate the target Powerpoint file, and recover it.

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Method 2: Recover Unsaved Powerpoint Document via Microsoft Powerpoint AutoRecover

Depending on the version of your Powerpoint software, you may not see the Recover Unsaved Presentation option. Don’t worry, we can try the AutoRecovery function of the software.

However, you need to enable this function before it can help you recover your unsaved Powerpoint file. If you’re not sure whether is on or not, follow this to check:

  • Launch Powerpoint;
  • Click File from the top left corner, choose Options and go to Save;
  • There, see if you’ve checked these two options: Save autorecover info every () minute and the one below it, Keep the last autosaved version if I close without saving.

When they’re ticked, Powerpoint will keep the changes of your unsaved file every few minutes.

Recover an unsaved PowerPoint

If you’ve set them up beforehand, you can easily find and recover your unsaved PPT file. Do this on your computer to find the unsaved Powerpoint file. Follow this:

On Windows: launch This PC, go to C://. Then, go to this path:

  • User\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Powerpoint.
Recover Unsaved Powerpoint File

For Mac Microsft Office, launch Users, click on your name.

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

Under the Powerpoint folder, search for the target file and recover it.

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Method 3: Recover Any Unsaved Powerpoint File with echoshare Data Recovery

While the default methods of Powerpoint cannot help you get the unsaved file back, don’t worry. Let’s apply to a Powerpoint recovery tool – echoshare Data Recovery. This is a pretty handy third-party program for Powerpoint recovery. It works for other Presentation apps as well, like Vism and Canva.

By hunting all the caches produced while editing your Powerpoint presentation, this recovery tool displays every single file that you can recover to the computer without data loss. With several clicks only, you will have deleted, unsaved, or even corrupted data back in seconds.

Besides the incredible data scanning and recovery ability, the program works for almost every storage device. A computer hard drive (SSD&HDD), USB Flash Drive, and SD card are all supported.

Without further ado, let’s start to recover your unsaved Powerpoint file with echoshare Data Recovery now!

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√ Supports Video, Audio, Document, Image, Email, Archive

√ Covers USB drives, hard drive, Android & Camera SD Card

√ Compatible with NTFS, FAT16, FAT32, exFAT, EXT

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Steps to Recover Unsaved Powerpoint Files

To begin with, download echoshare Data Recovery on your computer and finish the installation as the preparation step. Finish this and we will start our Powerpoint recovery task.

Step 1: Scan for the unsaved PPT/PPTX file

  • On the interface of the program, locate the How does the file(s) lost tab, tick Deleted and I Don’t Know.
  • Then, look down to Check all file types, and untick this option. Move down and tick only the Documents.
  • Click Next. Choose one disk that your Microsoft Powerpoint saves data on. Here, you can choose the D disk (File), the default destination of Powerpoint storage. And click Scan to initiate a data scan on your computer.
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Step 2: Browse, select and recover the unsaved Powerpoint presentation

  • When the scan is complete, you will see all the deleted or unsaved documents on your File disk. Locate the files that have the .ppt or .pptx extension. Select the target one from them. And click Recover to get the target Powerpoint file back to your computer.
  • The program will start analyzing the file and restore it to the selected folder. You may find the Powerpoint file there and keep on editing it.
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If you can’t find the Presentation file you need, click the Quick Scan button and initiate a more complete scan.

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Recover deleted, corrupted, or lost data from any device

√ Supports Video, Audio, Document, Image, Email, Archive

√ Covers USB drives, hard drive, Android & Camera SD Card

√ Compatible with NTFS, FAT16, FAT32, exFAT, EXT

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FAQs

By default, your Windows computer will save the Powerpoint autosave file on the Powerpoint folder. Follow this path to find it: This PC\C:\User\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Powerpoint.

On Mac computer, it’s the same folder name. You can find it with this path:

  • Users/Username/Library/Containers/com.Microsoft.Powerpoint/Data/Library/Preferences/AutoRecovery.

If you’ve changed the location, go to Powerpoint, hit File from the top left corner, choose Options from the list, and click Save on a new popout window. There, loacte the AutoRecover file location option.Check the destination that you set.

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