How to Recover Deleted or Unsaved PowerPoint Files

On this page, you'll find two reliable methods that will help you effectively recover deleted PPT files with EaseUS file recovery software and restore unsaved PowerPoint files in a manual way. Remember: Stop using the device once you deleted or lost unsaved PowerPoint files.

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There are four ways to recover deleted and unsaved PowerPoint files. The solutions are all simple to apply, see detailed below.

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. Recover deleted PPT files
Fix 2. Recover unsaved PPT files

IMPORTANT: Remember to stop using the device once you deleted or lost PoewerPoint Files without saving. 

PowerPoint is a common tool used to do a presentation. However, you may delete your files accidentally or lose them due to a sudden program crash. Under these circumstances, most of you may want to make every effort to get your files back. But how to recover PowerPoint files from the computer after accidental deletion? Here, we'll provide you with practical ways to recover deleted or unsaved PPT files.

How to Recover Deleted PowerPoint Files

Quick Tip: Undelete PPT from Recycle Bin

Applies to: Deleted recovery.

Mostly, when you mistakenly deleted a PowerPoint file on the Desktop or Windows hard drive, the file will be removed to the Recycle Bin.

Once you deleted files on your computer, go to the Recycle Bin and restore first:

Step 1. Open "Recycle Bin" by double-clicking on its icon on the Desktop.

Step 2. Locate and right-click the deleted PPT file, and choose "Restore". 

How to Recover Deleted Files from Recycle Bin

The Recycle Bin will then restore the deleted file to its original location.

Recommend: Restore Deleted PowerPoint File with File Recovery Software

Applies to: Deleted, formatted, RAW file recovery, and virus file recovery.

When you find no lost or deleted PPT file in the Recycle bin, you may also apply reliable file recovery software for help.

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizardenables you to process documents recovery including PPT files in only a few simple clicks. It doesn't need any technical know-how and minimizes data risks. This software 

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With its powerful D&R team and online technical support team, it is highly reliable and trustful for you to bring deleted PowerPoint File and other data back with this software: 

Step 1. Select the location to scan lost PowerPoint File

Choose the drive or location where you lost the PowerPoint file. Click "Scan".

select the powerpoint file location

Step 2. Scan and Find Lost PowerPoint Files

Once the scan completes, you can click "Filter" , choose "PPT", and click tree view on the left side to quickly access the PowerPoint files. You can also search the .ppt or .pptx file extension in the Search box.

scan lost powerpoint files

Step 3. Preview and Recover

You can preview a file before the final recovery. In the end, select all the desired PowerPoint files and click "Recover".

select powerpoint files and recover

Besides, picture recovery, audio and video file recovery, email recovery, and other files recovery can also be done on your own by using EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard.

How to Restore Unsaved PowerPoint Files

When you forgot to save the PowerPoint file, the power went out or your computer unexpectedly shut down, stay calm. It's not a terrible thing anymore. 

Here, you can try some first-aid manual methods to recover unsaved PowerPoint files in Windows 10/8.1/8/7. 

# 1. Recover Unsaved Presentations

Step 1. Open a blank Microsoft PowerPoint document and click the "File" tab.

Step 2. Choose Open, in the recent section, click "Recover Unsaved Presentations" on the lower right.

recover unsaved powerpoint files through unsaved presentations

Everything in the Unsaved folder is temporary files. Make sure to save everything you need after restoring the unsaved PPT in case you might lose it again.

# 2. Restore Unsaved PPT from AutoRecover Folder

If you've enabled the AutoRecover function, congratulations. You can directly restore the unsaved PPT file fro the AutoRecover folder on your PC.

Step 1. Locate the AutoRecover folder. 

  • Click the "File" > "Options" > "Save". 
  • Copy the path next to "AutoRecover file location", for example: C:\Users\User\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\PowerPoint.

recover unsaved powerpoint files through autorecover

Step 2. Find and re-save your unsaved PowerPoint file.

  • Open Windows File Explorer, paste the copied file destination path.
  • Hit "Enter" and there, you will be able to see a folder named "MYPRESENTAION" or "PRESENTATION", etc.

Locate and find PPT.

  • Open the folder, you'll find your unsaved PowerPoint file.
  • Open it with PowerPoint and save it to another secure location.

Save found unsaved PPT to a secure location.

To sum up, on this page, we included actually 3 reliable solutions to help you restore deleted or unsaved PPT files on Windows PC. Besides, It is a good idea to make sure that AutoRecover is enabled every time you start creating a PowerPoint deck.

If you didn't have AutoRecover enabled, open your PowerPoint and go to File -> Options -> Save, and then check the below two boxes:

  • "Save auto-recover info every 10 or 5 minutes."
  • "Keep the last Auto recovered version if I close without saving."

Enable AutoRecover feature.

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