3 Simple Ways to Recover an Unsaved PowerPoint [2023]

If you accidentally closed PowerPoint without saving and lost it, here we offer 3 easy way to help you recover unsaved PowerPoint files.

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Mar 02, 2023 • Filed to: Recover Files • Proven solutions

"When I am working on an important PowerPoint presentation file, but it suddenly closed. I did not save the work which I did. How do I recover a PowerPoint that was not saved?"

There is no doubt that many people often use Windows Office tools like PowerPoint, Word, Excel, and Notepad in daily work. But more of a sudden there are certain chances that you might accidentally delete your important files after your work is done. Also, some forget to save their PowerPoint files after they are done with them. Panic may be the first action if you encounter such a situation. But now you don’t need to worry about that as this article will provide you with 3 comprehensive PowerPoint recovery solutions to help you recover unsaved PowerPoint presentation, the ultimate way to recover permanently deleted PowerPoint files is to get Recoverit Data Recovery software to get started.

Video Tutorial on Unsaved/ Deleted PowerPoint Files Recovery

If you want to quickly recover your PowerPoint, then watch the video below. In this video, our expert shares his experience of recovering unsaved PowerPoint files. He describes 3 different methods. However, not all solutions can solve your issue since there are various situations of data loss. However, based on his test, the third solution works well in most cases.

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If you have no time to watch the entire video tutorial, you can also go on and get a quick solution through the below content. You can follow the steps and description to recover the unsaved or deleted PowerPoint files.

Solution 1. Recover With "Recover Unsaved Presentations"

If you forget to save the PowerPoint file you are working on and then it is just lost due to some reason, please keep calm and try the below-given simple steps to get it back quickly.

Step 1. Open the PowerPoint on your PC.

Step 2. Click on the File tab in the upper left corner > Choose Open > In the "Recent" section, click Recover Unsaved Presentations in the bottom right corner.

Step 3. The Saved Drafts folder will open. Find your file and double-click on it to open. Then save the file.

Recover Unsaved Presentations


The files in the Unsaved folder are temporary files. It is highly recommended to recover and save the data you need as they might be lost soon.

Solution 2. Using the AutoRecover Function

Besides, there is another way that can help recover unsaved PowerPoint files – AutoRecover function. First, you need to check if it has been enabled. Follow the simple steps below.

Option 1:

Step 1. Open a PowerPoint presentation > choose the File tab > Select Options > Go to Save.

Step 2. Make sure that you have checked the box saying "Save auto-recover info every x minutes", and the box saying "Keep the last Auto recovered version if I close without saving".


Option 2:

If you have AutoRecover enabled beforehand, you can go to find your unsaved PowerPoint file by following the 2 simple steps.

Step 1. Copy the file destination path from "AutoRecover file location".


Step 2. Open Windows Explorer, paste the path on the address bar and hit "Enter" to search the lost unsaved PowerPoint file.



It is advised to save the document while you are working on it. There is a shortcut key to save the file while working, which is Ctrl + S, which automatically saves your document.

Solution 3. Recover Deleted PowerPoint Files with Recoverit Data Recovery

The solutions introduced above can help you recover PPT made with PowerPoint 2019, 2016, 2013, and Microsoft Office 365.

If the above-mentioned solutions can't help you out with the PowerPoint lost problems, you can check the following steps to recover unsaved/deleted PowerPoint files with Recoverit Data Recovery for Windows. It can easily undelete your lost or delete PowerPoint presentations with 3 steps, also it can recover Word document and other lost files. Download and install Recoverit on your computer and retrieve your PowerPoint back.

Step 1. Select a location where stored PowerPoint

Launch Recoverit Data Recovery on your PC, select a disk where the PowerPoint files were stored before and next.

select a disk where stored PowerPoint files

Step 2. Scanning lost PowerPoint from disk

And then the software will start scanning the disk to search for your lost or delete PowerPoint files, it will take a while for the scan to complete.

scanning lost PowerPoint from computer

Step 3. Preview and recover PowerPoint files

After scanning, all recovered data files will display on the result. You can preview some files like photo, video, music, office files, select your PowerPoint and click the "Recover" button to get it back.

preview recovered PowerPoint files and recover

Follow these 3 steps to rescue your lost PowerPoint files, also you can check the following video tutorial on how to use Recoverit Data Recovery software to restore your PowerPoint presentations.

I hope that 3 ways can help you recover accidentally closed PowerPoint without saving, otherwise, if you working on Mac, you should download Recoverit Data Recovery for Mac and follow the same steps to restore lost PowerPoint files.

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