How To Find Unsaved Powerpoint

We’ve all been there: hours of hard work on a PowerPoint presentation, only to lose it all because of a sudden power outage, an unexpected system crash, or simply forgetting to save it before closing PowerPoint. If you find yourself in this situation, don’t panic! There are several ways you can recover your unsaved PowerPoint files.

Method 1: Recover Unsaved Presentations Directly from PowerPoint

Microsoft PowerPoint offers a built-in method for recovering unsaved presentations.

Firstly, open PowerPoint. Click on the “File” tab in the top left corner, and then select “Open”. Here, you will see the “Recent” option on the left side of the screen. Scroll down to the bottom and click on the “Recover Unsaved Presentations” button.

You will be redirected to a folder where PowerPoint automatically saves a backup copy of unsaved presentations. Browse through the files to find your unsaved PowerPoint presentation. The presentations are saved with a “.ppt” extension.

Method 2: Recover Unsaved PowerPoint Files from the Temporary Folder

If you can’t find your lost file in the folder mentioned above, you can try to find it in the PowerPoint temporary folder. Sometimes, when a crash occurs, PowerPoint creates a temporary file as a backup.

In order to find the temporary file, follow these steps:

1. Press the Win + R keys simultaneously to open the Run box.
2. Type %temp% into the box and hit enter.
3. A folder will open with many files. Look for a file named “PPTxxxx.tmp“. The “xxxx” is a random number. This is your unsaved PowerPoint file.


  • These methods do not guarantee the recovery of your file. Sometimes, the file may be permanently lost.
  • Always save your work frequently to prevent such situations.


While losing an unsaved PowerPoint can be frustrating, there are methods to recover your work. Hopefully, this guide has helped you retrieve your unsaved PowerPoint presentations. Remember to save your work regularly to prevent future loss!