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4 Methods To Recover Previous Version Of PowerPoint

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Jun 14, 2024 • Filed to: Recover Files • Proven solutions

If you were working on a PowerPoint presentation on your device, and you accidentally deleted or altered the PowerPoint file, or in some cases, the PowerPoint file got damaged or lost, there is no need to panic since all is not yet lost.

When creating your PowerPoint presentation, copies of your PowerPoint files are backed up to enable you to access them in the future. The previous versions of PowerPoint can be restored, and your PowerPoint presentation can be saved. In this article, you will learn different methods of restoring the previous version of PowerPoint. The various methods for recovering previous PowerPoint versions you will learn include using File Explorer, PowerPoint, System Restore, and the Wondershare Recoverit Data Recovery software.

Part 1. Recover Overwritten Versions Of PowerPoint Files Using The File Explorer

To recover overwritten versions of PowerPoint files on your Windows computer using File Explorer, follow these simple steps.

  1. Open File Explorer or Windows Explorer depending on your Windows version, and search the location of the overwritten PowerPoint file.
  2. Once you’ve selected the location of the overwritten PowerPoint file, click “Start” and select “Computer.” From the pop-up window to appear, select the overwritten PowerPoint file you want to recover.
  3. After selecting the overwritten PowerPoint file, click “Tools” and select “Folder Options.” Next, click “View” to find the hidden PowerPoint files and folders.
  4. Click “Display Hidden Files and Folders,” and a list of all your hidden files will appear on your computer screen. Next, click on “Apply.” Next, open the folder containing the PowerPoint file, and select the original file.

Part 2. Recover Previous Versions Using PowerPoint

Follow these simple steps to recover previous versions of your PowerPoint presentation files using PowerPoint.

Step 1. Open the current version of the PowerPoint presentation file, and tap on “File” on the top left of your screen.

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Step 2. From the list of options displayed at the top of your screen, click "Browse Version History" to locate the previous versions of the PowerPoint presentation file. For older versions of PowerPoint, click on ”Restore” to view the previous versions.

Step 3. From the pop-up window to appear on your screen, select the previous version of the PowerPoint file you intend to restore and click “Open” to view the recovered version of the PowerPoint file.

Part 3. Recover A PowerPoint PPT File With System Restore

In a situation where you may have overwritten a saved PowerPoint document and you need it restored, you can quickly regain your overwritten PowerPoint document using System Restore. Follow these simple steps to recover a PowerPoint PPT file with System Restore.

  1. To launch System Restore on your computer, click the “Start” menu and navigate to “Programs.”
  2. Next, click on “Accessories” and select “System Tools.” Under System Tools, tap on “System Restore” to begin the process.
  3. Once “System Restore” is open, you will see a list of your previously saved files. Select the step before your PowerPoint file was overwritten and click “Next.”
  4. To restore your overwritten file, click “Finish.”

Once the process is completed, you will be told to restart your computer. Your PowerPoint file should then be restored to the previous state.

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Part 4. Recover Unsaved PowerPoint Using Recoverit Data Recovery Software

One of the easiest and most reliable tools used to recover unsaved PowerPoint files is the Recoverit Data Recovery Software. The software allows you to recover PowerPoint files that were lost due to crashing, permanent deletion, virus attack, corruption, overwritten, or unsaved operations.

The Recoverit Data Recovery software is available on Mac and Windows computers and is super easy to use and navigate. The process of recovering unsaved PowerPoint with Recoverit is speedy and very effective.

If you could not save your PowerPoint presentation files due to an abrupt power failure or any other reasons, follow these short and simple steps to recover unsaved PowerPoint using Recoverit software.

Step 1. Launch Recoverit Software

To launch Recoverit on your Windows computer after downloading the software, look for the “Wondershare Recoverit” icon on the desktop and tap on the icon to open. You can alternatively type “Recoverit” on your computer’s search box and double-click the file to open.

If you are using a Mac computer, you can also search for the ”Wondershare Recoverit” icon on your desktop and double-click to open it, or go to “Finder” and select “Applications.” Next, double-click the Recoverit file to open.

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Step 2. Scan The Location of The PowerPoint

Once you’ve launched the Recoverit application, choose the unsaved PowerPoint presentation file's location and click “Start” to begin the scanning process. The process will take just a few minutes to complete.

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Step 3. Preview And Recover The PowerPoint file

Once the scan is completed, you will find a list of retrievable files, including the PowerPoint presentation file. Preview these files and select those you want to restore. Next, choose a path to save the PowerPoint file and click “Recover” to restore the unsaved PowerPoint file.

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The Bottom Line

When creating a PowerPoint presentation file on your computer, many things could go wrong. For example, you can accidentally delete your PowerPoint file, overwrite the PowerPoint file, a virus attack on your computer system, a power outage that leaves your PowerPoint presentation unsaved, etc.

If you experience any of these, there is no need to worry since your PowerPoint presentation file is still retrievable. All you need to do is download Wondershare Recoverit Data Recovery software for Mac and Windows devices, follow the three simple steps, and your PowerPoint file will be restored. It is easy, fast, and reliable. You can try it out for free today.

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