How to Recover Lost and Unsaved PowerPoint on Mac

Tracy King updated on Aug 30, 2019 to Mac File Recovery | How-to Articles


When you lost important PowerPoint files on Mac due to deleting, closing the file without saving or other reasons, your Office recovery options are Mac file recovery software, Time Machine, AutoRecover, and TemporaryItems. Read this article and follow tips to recover your lost PowerPoint files immediately.

Recover Lost or Deleted PowerPoints on Mac
Recover Unsaved PowerPoints on Mac from AutoRecover

"Hey guys, do you have a secure and effective method to help me recover my lost PowerPoint files? My Office 2016 suddenly crashed last night when I was editing a conference PowerPoint. And it was almost done. I tried to open the PowerPoint, but I was unable to access it.

I'm wondering if it's possible to restore the PowerPoint? I forgot whether I have turned on the AutoSave feature or not. So if you do have any effective solutions, please help me. Thank you."

Mac Office 2016 is a product produced by Microsoft, providing convenience for Mac users who like using Office to deal with their daily jobs. So how to fix Mac Office loss problem? Here the following, you'll find reliable solutions to restore lost or unsaved PowerPoint files on Mac. 

Part 1. Recover lost or deleted PowerPoints on Mac

When you lost Office files or deleted files by mistake on Mac, you can directly recover Mac deleted files from Trash. If the Trash doesn't contain your lost files, you'll need to turn to professional Mac data recovery software for help.

Mac data recovery software can also save Mac users from Office file loss issue when they have forgotten to turn on the AutoSave features in Office or use the Time Machine to back up important data.

If you carelessly deleted or wiped all Office files such as PowerPoint, we'd like to introduce you with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac which allows you to make office file recovery such as PowerPoint on Mac. And it's compatible with the latest macOS such as Mojave. Download and apply this software to see how easy it can be for lost PowerPoint file recovery:

Step 1. Select the location where your important Excel files were lost and click Scan button.

select the location where excel files lost and click scan

Step 2. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac will start immediately a quick scan as well as a deep scan on your selected disk volume. Meanwhile, the scanning results will be presented in the left pane.

scan the selected drive to find lost excel files

Step 3. By Path and Type, you can quickly filter the Excel files you've lost earlier. Select the target files and click Recover Now button to get them back at once.

click recover now to recover lost excel files on your Mac

Note: If you don't want to suffer from Office or PowerPoint files loss trouble, please do remember to turn on AutoSave feature in Office or use Time Machine to backup important Office files regularly.

Method 2. Recover lost PowerPoint files from Time Machine backup

If you used Time Machine to back up your Office files the moment before you delete or lost PowerPoint files, you can also use Time Machine to restore the lost files at once: 

Step 1: Connect the Time Machine backup drive with Mac.

Step 2: Click "Time Machine" in the Dock and select "Enter Time Machine".

Restore lost PowerPoint from Time Machine backup.

Step 3: Find your PowerPoint files from the previous backup then click "Restore" to recover backup PowerPoint or all Office files.

Part 2. Recover unsaved PowerPoint files on Mac

In order to avoid data deleted trouble, Microsoft adds AutoSave feature in Office to automatically backup target files in very 5, 10 or 15 minutes.  And Mac also has a function that it contains a TemporaryItems folder from which you can locate saved temporary files of your lost PPT, Word, Excel, and other files.

Method 1. Recover Office and PowerPoint files from AutoSave

Since PowerPoint is also a tool in Office, so when you have set AutoSave feature, and then you'll be able to find saved PowerPoint files in the AutoRecovery. Here is the right sequence of setting up the AutoSave feature in PowerPoint:

Open PowerPoint > Preferences > Save > Set the AutoRecover frequency (every 10 minutes by default)

Turn on AutoSave in PowerPoint on Mac.

If you have turned on the AutoSave feature, you can restore and find lost files from the AutoRecovery folder on Mac.

Step 1: Go to Finder, then click "Go", then Go to Folder

Open AutoRecovery Folder.

Step 2: Type in the following path and click "Go":

  • Restore unsaved PoewrPoint in Office 2011 and 2018:

/Users/username/Library/Application Support/ Microsoft/Office/Office X AutoRecovery (X stands for Office version of your PPT).

  • Restore unsaved PowerPoint in Office 2016:


Find unsaved powerpoint from AutoRecovery folder

Step 3: Check the AutoRecovery Folder.

Recover unsaved powerpoint on Mac

Step 4: If you find the saved file named as AutoRecovery***, marked with other extensions, open it with PowerPoint.

Method 2. Find Unsaved PPT files in the TemporaryItems folder 

The TemporaryItems folder may also contain the unsaved PPT files that you lost by accident.

Step 1: Go to Applications> Utilities > Terminal.

Open TemporaryItem folder.

Step 2: Once in Terminal, enter the following command and then press enter: open $TMPDIR.

Type command line to open Temporary foder.

Step 3: You have now opened your TMP folder, open the folder named TemporaryItems. 

Find lost Word file in Temporary folder.

Step 4:Find the PowerPoint file, copy and paste it to another location, and change the extension from ".tmp" to ".ppt".  

Bonus Tip: If you are a Windows User and happened to lose important PowerPoint files, relax and refer to restore lost or unsaved PPT file in Windows with ease.


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2. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

3. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

4. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

5. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files, so verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

6. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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