How To Recover Deleted And Unsaved PowerPoint Files

Powerpoint presentations give you a platform to visually represent your idea, thoughts, and emotion with the audience. If you are a student, entrepreneur, or salesman then you must have used PPT to share your knowledge or ideas with others. However, in this article, we are not going to talk about the benefits of PowerPoint presentations rather we are going to show you how you can recover deleted and unsaved PPT files so that you don’t have to do all the hard work to create a new PowerPoint presentation from the scratch.

If you ever faced this issue where your PPT file went missing or you forget to save your presentation on PowerPoint then this article is for you.

To recover deleted PowerPoint files you can either search your computer’s Recycle Bin or use data recovery software in case it’s not there in the bin. While in order to recover unsaved PPT files you can use the Auto-recovery feature of PowerPoint.

So without wasting any more time let’s begin!

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Recover Deleted PowerPoint Files On Windows Or Mac

If you have intentionally or accidentally deleted your PPT file and now looking to get it back at any cost then you are at the right place. Here’s how you can recover the deleted ppt files.

1. Restore Accidentally Deleted PowerPoint File From Recycle Bin

If you have not permanently deleted the PowerPoint file by pressing the Shift+ Delete key combination, then most probably you will find your file in the recycle bin. To recover your file from there you can open the Recycle Bin or Trash in the case of Mac and search for the lost files. Once the file is found you can right-click on it and simply hit on the Restore option.

Restore PPT file from bin

With this, the deleted PPT file will be restored to its original location i.e. place from where it was deleted. However, if you cannot find your deleted PowerPoint file in recycle bin then you should use data recovery software that can recover permanently deleted files.

2. Undelete Permanently Deleted PowerPoint Files

We would recommend you use EaseUS data recovery software for recovering the deleted PowerPoint files. However, you can also use other data recovery software but EaseUS is good overall for recovering documents including Powerpoint files. Here is a step-by-step procedure of how you can recover permanently deleted PPT files using any data recovery software.

1. Launch the software on your computer and select the drive or location from where the PPT file was lost. After selecting the location hit on the Scan button to start the scanning process.

scan for deleted files

2. Now wait for a while till the software completes scanning your drive for lost files. Once it shows you all the recovered data you can locate your file by typing its name in the search bar or by applying filters.

Filter out PPT


3. After you have found the files you can see their preview and recover the file by hitting on the Recover button. But beware that you don’t recover the file to its original location as it contains the risk of overwriting. You can recover the PowerPoint file to any other new location on your computer.

Recover Deleted powerpoint files

Using such software you can recover deleted PowerPoint files On Mac as well as Windows PC.

Read our full review of EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard.

Recover Unsaved PowerPoint Files

Besides the PowerPoint file disappearing from your computer due to accidental deletion, the other threat that can ruin your presentation is that you forgot to save your work on PowerPoint. Suppose you worked hard to prepare your presentation slides on PowerPoint but due to power or system failure the program shuts down without giving you time to save your work. If you ever face this issue you can resolve it by these two methods.

Using “Recover Unsaved Presentation” Feature

All Microsoft Office Suite products including Word, Excel and PowerPoint have this feature where they allow you to recover unsaved files using the unsaved recovery feature. We have already used this method to recover unsaved Word documents and recover unsaved Excel files. Now we will use it to recover the unsaved presentations on PowerPoint.

Open the PowerPoint program on your computer and select Open > Recover Unsaved Presentations. You can also follow the path File > Open  >Recent >Recover Unsaved Presentations if you are already working on a PPT file.

Recover Unsaved powerpoint

With this, a new tab will open where all the unsaved ppt files will be stored. You can select the file you want to recover and open it with PowerPoint. Once the file opens on PowerPoint you can save it and give it a suitable name so you don’t lose it again.

Recover Unsaved PPT Using AutoRecovery

The AutoRecovery feature is by default turned on PowerPoint which keeps saving your files at regular intervals. You can recover the unsaved files from the AutoRecovery folder.  You can find the location of this folder by following these methods.

1. Open a presentation on PowerPoint then choose the File option from the top left corner.


2. After that, go to Options > Save. Here you can copy the “AutoRecover file location”

Copy the location

3. After that paste the copied location on the explorer tab on your PC and hit on the Enter button.

Paste the location

With this, the auto-recovery folder will open and you can recover your unsaved files from there easily.

Final Verdict

With the methods we have shared here, you can easily recover a deleted or unsaved PowerPoint file. However, you should not make a habit of losing your PPT files because there is no surety that these methods will always work. It is therefore recommended that you keep a backup of your important presentations and do make a habit of saving your files at regular intervals by pressing the Control+S key combination while you working on it. Also, in case of file deletion act quickly and try to recover the PowerPoint presentation as soon as possible because the longer you wait the lesser is the chance of recovery.


How Do I Recover A Temp File In PowerPoint?

To recover a temporary file in PowerPoint you can use its AutoRecovery feature which saves temporary files in the local storage of your computer.

How Do I Recover Permanently Deleted PowerPoint Files?

You can recover permanently deleted PowerPoint files from backup or by using data recovery software if you don’t have a backup.

How To Recover Deleted Powerpoint Files in Mac?

Be it Windows or Mac you can recover a deleted PowerPoint file from Recycle Bin or Trash or using a data recovery software.

About Me

I’m Satyam Pandey, a fellow data hoarder who keeps accidentally deleting files from time to time. I decided to start this blog after recovering all of my deleted high school photos from my old hard drive. With a knack to test data recovery software and see how well they perform I decided to create this blog.

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