How To Recover Unsaved Powerpoint

PowerPoint presentations are an essential tool for many professionals, educators, and students alike. However, sometimes, we accidentally close a PowerPoint presentation without saving it. This can be a real disaster, especially if you’ve spent hours working on it. But don’t panic! In this blog post, we will guide you through the process of how to recover an unsaved PowerPoint file.

Method 1: Recover Unsaved Presentations via PowerPoint

PowerPoint has an in-built feature that helps you recover unsaved documents. Follow the steps below:

  1. Open PowerPoint and go to File > Open.
  2. Choose the Recent option.
  3. Scroll down to the bottom and click on Recover Unsaved Presentations.
  4. A folder will open showing all unsaved presentations. Choose the one you want to recover.

Note: This method is only effective if your AutoRecover option is ‘ON’. Here’s how to check:

  1. Go to File > Options.
  2. Select Save.
  3. Check if the Save AutoRecover information every X minutes box is checked. If not, check it and adjust the timing as per your preference.

Method 2: Recover from Temporary Files

If the above method does not work, you can try to recover from temporary files. Here are the steps:

  1. Open the Windows Start menu and type %temp% in the search bar and press enter.
  2. A folder with lots of files will open. Look for files starting with ~$, as PowerPoint autosaves files with this prefix.
  3. Open each file to check if it’s the one you’re looking for. Once found, save it immediately.


While these methods can help you recover unsaved PowerPoint presentations, it is always good practice to regularly save your work to avoid such situations. If you are working on a very important presentation, consider enabling the AutoSave feature for additional protection.

The AutoSave feature can save your work every few minutes, thus preventing any potential data loss. To enable AutoSave, go to File > Options > Save and then check the AutoSave option.


While losing your unsaved PowerPoint can feel devastating at first, it is not always a lost cause. With the right steps, you can retrieve your hard work. We hope these step-by-step techniques to recover an unsaved PowerPoint have been helpful. Remember, the best prevention is to save your work regularly and keep your AutoRecover and AutoSave features on!