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Recover Unsaved PowerPoint Presentations – Instructions

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Recover Unsaved PowerPoint Presentations: Instructions- A picture of the “Open” dialog box showing unsaved presentations in PowerPoint 2016.

Recover Unsaved PowerPoint Presentations: Overview

            You can easily try to recover unsaved PowerPoint presentations in PowerPoint 2016 and PowerPoint 2013. This is helpful if your computer crashes when working on a presentation. It can also happen if you lose power or something else happens, before you get a chance to save manually.

            To recover unsaved PowerPoint presentations, you must check if PowerPoint has automatically saved a copy of the unsaved presentation. To do this, click the “File” tab in the Ribbon. Then click the “Open” command at the left side of the backstage view. To the right of the command panel, click the “Recent” command if using PowerPoint 2016. Alternatively, select the “Recent Presentations” command if using PowerPoint 2013. At the bottom of the pane that appears to the right, you should see a “Recover Unsaved Presentations” button. Click this button to launch an “Open” dialog box. This dialog box displays recovered copies of unsaved presentations.

Recover Unsaved PowerPoint Presentations: Instructions- A picture of the “Open” dialog box showing unsaved presentations in PowerPoint 2016.

Recover Unsaved PowerPoint Presentations: Instructions- A picture of the “Open” dialog box showing unsaved presentations in PowerPoint 2016.

            You may also want to select “All Files” from the “File type” drop-down in the lower-right corner of the dialog box, if needed. This helps to show any temporary files saved by PowerPoint. It may also help to sort the files by the “Date modified” column. Doing this shows the listing of recoverable presentations by date. This is because the temporary file names shown are not helpful for determining their content.

            Select the copy to recover from the list. Then click the “Open” button within the “Open” dialog box to reopen the recovered copy. If you successfully retrieve the contents of the file, then immediately save the file you recovered.

Recover Unsaved PowerPoint Presentations: Instructions

  1. To recover unsaved PowerPoint presentations, click the “File” tab in the Ribbon.
  2. Then click the “Open” command at the left side of the backstage view.
  3. To the right of the command panel, click the “Recent” command if using PowerPoint 2016.
  4. Alternatively, select the “Recent Presentations” command if using PowerPoint 2013.
  5. At the bottom of the pane that appears to the right, click the “Recover Unsaved Presentations” button.
  6. In “Open” dialog box that appears, you will see any copies of unsaved presentations PowerPoint has recovered.
  7. You may also want to select “All Files” from the “File type” drop-down in the lower-right corner of the dialog box, if needed. This helps to show any temporary files saved by PowerPoint.
  8. It helps to sort these temporary files by the “Date modified” column to show them by date. This is because the temporary file names do not help determine their content.
  9. Select the copy to recover from the list.
  10. Then click the “Open” button in the dialog box to reopen the recovered copy.
  11. If you successfully retrieve the contents of the file, immediately save the file you recovered.

Recover Unsaved PowerPoint Presentations: Video Lesson

            The following video lesson, titled “Recovering Unsaved Presentations,” shows you how to recover unsaved PowerPoint presentations. This video is from our complete PowerPoint tutorial, titled “Mastering PowerPoint Made Easy v.2016-2013.”

 

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