How to Recover Unsaved PowerPoint Mac? Check 7 Ways Here!

How do you recover an unsaved PowerPoint Mac? Can you recover PowerPoint files that are unsaved or accidentally deleted? You can perform a full PowerPoint recovery on Mac by restoring from the AutoRecover, temporary files, and older versions as well as the capable EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac Pro here.

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Check out the tutorial below to restore unsaved PowerPoint files on Mac manually:

  1. 1. Click "Go" > "Go to Folder".
  2. 2. Go to the autosave PowerPoint file location on Mac by navigating to: /Users/Library/Containers/com.Microsoft.Powerpoint/Data/Library/Preferences/AutoRecovery.
  3. 3. If you find the file you need, open it with Microsoft Office PPT and save it on your computer.

Generally speaking, you want to recover PowerPoint files on your Mac in two situations: your files are lost or deleted accidentally, or the PowerPoint software closes unexpectedly without being saved. You may know that recovering unsaved PowerPoint on a Mac is different from restoring deleted PPT files on a Mac, which is more complex and has a lower chance of success. Figure out the situation you are in and choose the corresponding solution to apply:

  Recovery Methods Editor's Review
Unsaved PPT Recovery

🏆EaseUS Recovery Software

EaseUS professional recovery tool supports unsaved document recovery from various storage devices.

📒AutoRecover PowerPoint Mac

You should ensure that the AutoRecover utility is enabled in advance.

🗂️Temp Folder

macOS has a Temp folder to keep temporary files that applications create.

⬅️Previous Versions

You can rely on Time Machine to restore the previous version of the unsaved PPT.
Deleted PPT Recovery

🏅EaseUS Recovery Software

Applying EaseUS PPT recovery software should be the first choice when accidentally deleting PowerPoint files.

🗑️Trash Folder

Mac Trash can store recently deleted files, and the deleted PPT will go to this folder after deletion.

iCloud Backup

iCloud will sync files and back up Mac data for you, and you can check iCloud backup.

How to Recover Unsaved PowerPoint on Mac (4 Methods)

"My computer crashed and I lost my school assignment which took me two weeks. This is the story. Last night, when I was working with the Mac it suddenly crashed and was forced to quit. After I performed a force restart, I couldn't find my PPT. Anywhere. My Mac was supposed to save it automatically, but it didn't. I'm so pissed off! How can I recover my PowerPoint files on a Mac crashed without saving them?"

Like recovering unsaved Word documents on Mac, there are four potential ways to recover unsaved Microsoft Office PowerPoint files. If you are in a situation similar to the one above, you can recover unsaved PowerPoint files on a Mac with the help of EaseUS data recovery software (Method 1) and AutoRecover (Method 2). Another chance to get your PPT files back is to find the item in the Temp folder on your Mac (Method 3). You can also recover unsaved PPT files from older versions (Method 4). Follow these three solutions to have a try.

Method 1. Recover Unsaved PowerPoint Files Using EaseUS PPT Recovery Software 🏅

There are lots of Mac recovery tools, but to achieve the best PPT/PPTX recovery result, you need to choose the best Mac data recovery software. Considering the product quality, usability, and versatility, we recommend you try EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac Pro.

It is a powerful Mac data recovery software that works perfectly well to recover files such as Microsoft Office PowerPoint files when you accidentally click don't save PowerPoint on Mac. This functional recovery program can also recover unsaved Excel files on Mac.

You can check the following tutorial to restore unsaved .ppt files on Mac:

Step 1. Launch the software on your Mac and click "Hardware Disk" > choose a disk and click "Search for lost files". If you want to recover unsaved PPT from the other storage device, remember to connect it to the Mac in advance.

select a location and click scan

Step 2. This software can help you recover unsaved files on Mac. After clicking the scan button, all the lost files will show up in the window, and you can click "Type" > "Unsaved Documents" to find the unsaved PPT work pages on Mac.

click unsaved document

Step 3. You can double-click the PowerPoint file to preview it. After ensuring the PPT file is the wanted one, click "Recover" to save it.

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Also lost PPT files in Windows? Don't worry. EaseUS data recovery software also has a Windows version, and you can recover unsaved PowerPoint with EaseUS in Windows as well. Please share this functional PPT recovery tool on social media to let more users know!


Method 2. Recover Unsaved PowerPoint Files from the AutoRecover Folder

AutoRecover, a built-in feature in Microsoft Office, is able to restore your PPT files from the AutoSave PowerPoint Mac location after a system crash. It will save a copy of your PowerPoint in the background every 10 minutes (by default). Thus, it's possible to find the backup of your desired PowerPoint in the AutoRecover folder.

Usually, Microsoft Office will restore your work the next time you open it following a system crash. If you need it, just save it to your Mac. If that doesn't work on your Mac, where are autosaved PowerPoint files stored? Follow the steps below to find the AutoRecovered files on your Mac manually:

Step 1. Click "Go" > "Go to Folder".

Step 2. Go to the PowerPoint autosave location on Mac by navigating to: /Users/Library/Containers/com.Microsoft.Powerpoint/Data/Library/Preferences/AutoRecovery.

recover unsaved powerpoint mac from autorecover location

Step 3. If you find the file you need, open it with Microsoft Office and save it on your computer.

If you unsaved your PowerPoint file by clicking "Don't Save", the AutoRecovered files will be deleted because the Office thinks that they are not needed. If that's how you make your PPT files unsaved, this method will not work for you. How do I recover a deleted PowerPoint presentation on a Mac? Please skip to the deleted recovery part.

Method 3. Recover Unsaved PowerPoint Files from Temp Folder

macOS will keep the temp files that the software has created. MS Office PowerPoint will also keep temporary files, and you still have a chance to recover unsaved PPT from the Temp folder on Mac:

Step 1. Wake up Mac Terminal with the Spotlight.

open Terminal with Spotlight

Step 2. In Terminal, enter open $TMPDIR, and you will be directed to the TMP folder used to keep files temporarily.

open Temp folder in Terminal

Step 3. In the TMP folder, find and open the "TemporaryItems" folder. In it, right-click the desired unsaved PowerPoint file and open it with Microsoft PowerPoint.

Step 4. Save the PPT file by clicking on "File" > "Save As" and save it to another location.

click Sava As in MS Office PPT

Method 4. Recover Unsaved and Overwritten PowerPoint Files from Older Versions

At last, if you set up a regular Time Machine backup on your Mac, you may be fortunate to restore the previous version of the lost PowerPoint files that were deleted, corrupted, overwritten, and unsaved.

Step 1. Go to Finder and open the folder where the disappeared PowerPoint file was located.

Step 2. Select Enter Time Machine from the Time Machine menu to find the Time Machine backups you created.

Step 3. Filter a time before the PowerPoint file was lost, corrupted, or overwritten. Click on the file and then click Restore.

reover files from Time Machine backup

If the four methods above can't help you recover your unsaved PowerPoint files, you may not be able to get them back anymore. To prevent such terrible things from happening, you should develop a good habit of saving your files frequently or at least decrease the Auto-Save interval.

However, if your PPT file has been saved before but was missing after a system crash, using the data recovery for Mac to recover it is well worth trying. 

Recover Deleted PowerPoint on Mac (3 Methods)

After learning how to recover unsaved PowerPints files on macOS, you can follow these three methods to recover deleted or overwritten PPTs on a Mac:

Method 1. Recover Deleted PowerPoint on Mac with Recovery Software

EaseUS file recovery software also offers a great basic feature for recovering deleted PowerPoint files on a Mac from any device. Suppose your PowerPoint files are lost due to deletion, formatting, or other misoperations. In that case, you have a rather high chance of getting them back with the help of Mac's effective data recovery software.

To guarantee a maximum PowerPoint recovery result on Mac, try not to overwrite the lost files by saving new data to the drive where the PPT files had been lost. Download and apply it to recover deleted files on Mac now.

Steps to recover accidentally deleted PowerPoint on Mac:

Step 1. Launch the EaseUS recovery software on your Mac and choose a disk on which you have lost PPTs. You can also recover deleted or lost PPT files from USBs, SD cards, and external SSD/HDDs.

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Click "Type" > "Documents" to find the PPT files on Mac. You can recover PowerPoints from this page if you have found target files.

recover deleted ppt

Step 3. You can also choose to preview the PPT by double-clicking. Click the Recover button after viewing the detailed information on the PPT.

recover deleted ppt

Method 2. Restore Deleted PPT Files from Trash

Mac Trash is a recovery chance after deleting documents on Mac. All the deleted files will be transferred to the Mac Trash folder and remain there for a while. You can quickly restore the deleted PPT files in the Trash folder with the Put Back option.

Step 1. Locate the Trash on the destop or from Dock and double-click it to open the Trash folder.

Trash icon in Sonoma

Step 2. Find the deleted PPT files in the Trash folder > right-click the file > click "Put Back".

put back PPT file

Method 3. Retrieve Permanently Deleted PPT Files from iCloud

 If the PPT files are permanently deleted from your Mac because of overwriting, you should rely on Time Machine or iCloud backup. It is essential to create backups regularly, as they can help you restore important data. Log in with your Apple ID to iCloud's official website > click your personal profile photo > find Advanced settings > click "Restore Files". 

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We have discussed 7 different solutions in this passage to recover unsaved or deleted PowerPoint files on a Mac. Have you found a suitable method to recover lost PPTs? EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac is highly recommended because it has a user-friendly interface and can handle deleted and unsaved files.

Haven't you downloaded this software yet? Click the following button and try the EaseUS recovery tool for Mac today!

Unsaved PowerPoint Recovery Mac FAQs

Here are some additional questions and answers about unsaved PPT recovery on Mac:

1. Is it possible to recover a PowerPoint you haven't saved on a Mac?

Yes, you can recover an unsaved PowerPoint on a Mac, thanks to its AutoRecover utility. Once you have enabled this option on Mac, you can file the unsaved PPT folder on Mac and recover these unsaved documents easily.

2. Does MS PPT have an AutoSave option on Mac?

Yes, there is an AutoSave option on Mac. You can save the PPT file manually by clicking the Save button or enabling AutoSave in MS Office PPT to make the file save automatically.

3. How do I recover an unsaved PowerPoint on a Mac?

You have many possible ways to recover an unsaved PowerPoint on a Mac:

  • Apply EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard
  • Recover from AutoRecover Folder
  • Recover from the Temp Folder
  • Restore PPT's Previous Version

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Dany is an editor of EaseUS who lives and works in Chengdu, China. She focuses on writing articles about data recovery on Mac devices and PCs. She is devoted to improving her writing skills and enriching her professional knowledge. Dany also enjoys reading detective novels in her spare time.

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