Top 3 Ways to Recover Unsaved/Deleted PowerPoint Effectively

PowerPoint is an amazing Office tool that many people use on daily basis. However, just like any other Office program, there is a risk of accidental file deletion with PowerPoint as well. Whether you have forgotten to save your PowerPoint file or accidentally deleted it, there are always some ways to help you recover it.

3 Ways to Recover Unsaved PowerPoint

1Using Recover Unsaved Presentations

Whether you have forgotten to save your PowerPoint file, it got accidentally deleted, or you simply lost it due to some other reason, there are chances of successfully recovering it via PowerPoint's Recover Unsaved Presentation feature.

Step 1. Launch Microsoft PowerPoint on your Windows PC.

Step 2. Navigate to File > Open > Recent. Once the Recent section is opened, find and click on the Recover Unsaved Presentation option. It will be shown in the bottom-right corner.


Step 3. After the above step, you will see the Saved Drafts folder. It will contain unsaved presentations. Browse and find the PowerPoint file you are looking for, open it, and then manually save the file.


The Unsaved folder stores the unsaved presentations temporarily. That's why you should recover your unsaved presentation as quickly as possible before it is removed.

2Use AutoRecover

Apart from the Recover Unsaved Presentations feature, there is another feature of Microsoft Office that enable you to recover your unsaved/lost PowerPoint file. This feature is known as AutoRecover and it is enabled by default in all Office programs.

Follow these instructions to recover your PowerPoint file if AutoRecover feature is already enabled:

Step 1. First, copy the path from the file location of AutoRecover. It's usually in the Documents folder.


Step 2. Paste the path on the address bar of Windows Explorer and press Enter.


Step 3. Now search the lost unsaved PowerPoint file, open it, and manually save it.

You should make sure that the feature has already enabled before using this method.

Step 1. Launch Microsoft PowerPoint and open a PowerPoint presentation.

Step 2. Navigate to File > Select Options and then click on Save option.

Step 3. Now check the box labeled as "Save auto-recover info every x minutes". Also check the box labeled as "Keep the last Auto recovered version if I close without saving". AutoRecover feature will now be enabled and you will be able to recover your unsaved PowerPoint files.


While AutoRecover feature is good, you shouldn't solely rely on it and make a habit of frequently saving the document while you are working on it.

3Use AnyRecover to Recover Unsaved PowerPoint

If the above-mentioned methods don't work, the final and ultimate method will be using a professional data recovery tool to recover your lost PowerPoint file. iMyFone AnyRecover is the best choice in this regard. It is so powerful that makes data recovery for PowerPoint presentations as easy as 1-2-3.

It supports all versions of PowerPoint, including PowerPoint 2019/2016/2013/2011/2010/2007, etc.


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  • Recover all types of files for you, such as photos, audio, videos, documents, PowerPoint presentations, archives, emails, and more.

  • Preview the recoverable file after scanning. Not many data recovery softwares have this feature.

  • 100% safe data recovery. AnyRecover doesn't overwrite any existing data when recovering your desired data.

  • Recover files deleted due to accidental deletion, OS reinstall/OS crash, virus/malware attack, damaged hard drive, lost partition, or any other reason.

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Unsaved PowerPoint Recovery

Step 1. Install iMyFone AnyRecover. After that, select the location where you want to recover data.

select location hard drive

Step 2. Click the "Start" button. An all-round scan will begin. You can pause to locate the targeted files or stop it during the process.

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Step 3. Once the scan is completed, your lost or unsaved PowerPoint files will be displayed. Start recovering them by clicking on the "Recover" button.

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PowerPoint files are some of the most valuable files on your computer and losing them could be a headache. Fortunately, you can recover unsaved PowerPoint files easily via certain methods. Recovering with iMyFone AnyRecover would be your best choice as it has the capability of recovering all kinds of files (including PowerPoint presentations) quickly and professionally.

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By  Simon Marcus , to Document Recovery

Posted on Dec 04, 2018  ( Updated: May 29, 2020 )

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