【Fixed】How to Recover Deleted/Unsaved Keynote Files

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If you are an Apple user, then probably Keynote is not a stranger to you. This amazing Apple program provides a best way to create presentations, expressing ideas and exchanging information for work, education, or recreation. "To err is human." Sometimes you may accidentally delete or exit a Keynote presentation without saving the changes you've made. But relax, you don’t need to get cold nerves in this situation. There are plenty of ways to recover deleted and unsaved Keynote files. In this article, we shall take you through a detailed guide on how to make it.


Part 1. Recover Deleted Keynote Files

Way 1. From Trash Bin

Trash is the Mac equivalent of Recycle Bin in Windows systems. When you delete files, they won’t get permanently deleted at once but rather go to the Trash first. You can therefore recover them from Trash as follows.

Step 1. Navigate to the Trash bin on your Mac.

Step 2. Find the target deleted Keynote files. To quickly locate the deleted files, change the item arrangement and choose how you want to sort the deleted files.

Step 3. After locating the target deleted Keynote files, simply right-click on that particular file and select the "Put Back" option.

put back keynote files

Step 4. When a selected Keynote file is put back, the original folder where this keynote file was initially saved will be opened. You can now open the Keynote file, work on it, and save the changes.


If a Keynote file disappeared after you emptied the Trash or Trash automatically deleted the file permanently after it stayed there for more than 30 days, then you are not able to recover it with this method.

Way 2. Via iCloud

You can also recover deleted Keynote files from iCloud within 30 days of the deletion, as shown below.

Step 1. Log in to iCloud and head to the Account Settings . In the Advanced section, select the "Restore Files" option.

restore files

Step 2. Select the Keynote file that you want to restore from iCloud.

Step 3. Finally, click the "Restore File" button.

restore files from icloud


The default storage space in iCloud is only 5 GB and you need to pay to get more space to store more files and therefore increase the chances of success recovery for future use.

Way 3. With Time Machine

If you have permanently deleted a Keynote file, Mac still offers a free alternative to recover it - through the Time Machine feature. It is a Mac utility that allows users to back up files from Mac to a hard drive so that the lost/deleted/unsaved files can be recovered in the event of a serious data loss catastrophe. As long as you have enabled Time Machine on your Mac, this method will work for you.

Step 1. Open the folder where the deleted Keynote was stored before, then click the Time Machine icon on the menu and choose Enter Time Machine .

enter time machine

Step 2. Here, from all the backup files available, locate the Keynote document you want to recover. Preview it and confirm to restore it.

recover keynote files with time machine


Time Machine automatically replaces the old data with new data when it runs out of backup space.

Way 4. Using AnyRecover

If you want to save trouble and find an all-in-one solution to tackle the problem, AnyRecover for Mac is a perfect candidate. As a dedicated file recovery tool for Mac, this program can easily recover any type of file including Keynote files used on Mac or from other external devices, such as SD Card, USB Drive, SSD and HDD.


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How to recover deleted Keynote files using AnyRecover:

Step 1: Download, install and launch AnyRecover on your Mac. Choose a location to recover deleted Keynote files and click "Start" .

select location

Step 2: Wait for the program to finish the scanning process. It won't take too long and you can stop and resume it anytime you want.

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Step 3: Preview the files, choose what to recover and click the "Recover" button.

scanned files preview

Part 2. Recover Unsaved Keynote Files

Way 1. From Autosave Folder

Like several other systems, Mac has an auto-save feature that makes it possible to retrieve files if you accidentally quit. This is true for Keynote files as well. By default, Mac's autosave feature is enabled unless a user chooses to disable it.

Step 1: Start by opening Finder on your Mac. Head to the "Go" and then select the "Go to Folder" option.

Step 2: In the displayed folder path field, enter the following autosave folder location: "~/Library/Containers/com.apple.iWork.Keynote/Data/Library/Autosave Information" . Click the "Go" button below it.

recover keynote from autosave folder

Step 3: Locate the unsaved Keynote document, open it with iWork Keynote then save it.


The auto-save feature will only work if the target file was saved properly with a name.

Way 2. From Temporary Folder

Alternatively, you can recover the unsaved Keynote presentation from a temporary folder as follows.

Step 1: As usual, open Finder on your Mac, then head to the Applications section and choose Utilities .

Step 2: Now open Terminal on your Mac and input the command "open $TMPDIR" . Confirm to run the command.

Step 3: Locate the Keynote file in the displayed temporary items and save it properly again.

recover keynote from temporary folder

Part 3. Frequently Asked Questions

1. Does Keynote automatically save files?

Yes, Keynote automatically saves files. Apple has an auto-save feature that automatically saves Keynote files when you quit without saving the changes. When you first saved the Keynote document in a folder and named it, the autosave feature takes over thereafter to save you from manually saving the changes. The version of the document is saved at least once every single hour.

Therefore when you close a Keynote document accidentally, you can go back and revert to the previous latest version. A user can browse through several of these versions and revert to the very version they need. This auto-save feature is enabled by default, and users can choose to disable it. But it's suggested that you should make sure you enable it for future use of recovering unsaved Keynote files.

2. How do I view a Keynote file in Windows ?

In Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP, you can open a Keynote file using Microsoft PowerPoint or the free LibreOffice Impress application. Other apps may open it but may not use the original features of the Keynote presentation. Microsoft PowerPoint will allow you to save the file in PPT or PPTX format while LibreOffice gives ODP and ODPX.


This article has given you a detailed while clear guide on how to recover Keynote files with ease. You can try those methods above one by one to see if they work for you and which one you like the best.

A high-quality tool is capable of yielding twice the result with half the effort. AnyRecover for Mac provides the most convenient and effective fix to problems concerning deleted/unsaved Keynote. For any other data loss issues, this tool will also help.

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By Scott Tarmey , to Deleted Files Recovery

Updated: Nov 03, 2022

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