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    How to recover unsaved PowerPoint

    You've been working on a presentation for almost a full day Power point who will support you during an exhibition that you will shortly hold in front of various people. You were very satisfied with the final result, except that, suddenly, the irreparable happened: a power outage in your home caused the sudden shutdown of your computer.

    Since you have the (bad) habit of saving files only when you have finished editing them, you fear that what just happened has wasted hours and hours of hard work, and you don't know where to go. the head. That's the way it is, am I right? In this case, I invite you to remain calm: perhaps all is not lost. In fact, there are procedures by which, with a bit of luck, it is possible to restore PowerPoint presentations even if they have not been saved.

    What am I referring to? I'll explain it to you immediately. If you give me a few minutes of your precious time, I can in fact explain to you how to recover unsaved PowerPoint implementing all possible solutions, both on computers and on smartphones and tablets. Happy reading and good luck for everything!


    • How to recover an unsaved PowerPoint: computer
      • How to recover an unsaved PowerPoint: Windows
      • How to recover an unsaved PowerPoint: Mac
    • How to recover an unsaved PowerPoint: smartphone and tablet
      • How to recover unsaved PowerPoint on Android
      • How to recover unsaved PowerPoint on iPhone

    How to recover an unsaved PowerPoint: computer

    If you agree, I'd start by showing you how to recover unsaved PowerPoint on the desktop variant of the program in question. You must know that, it is up Windows that of MacOS, the files you work on are kept as temporary items on the disk, even if they have not been saved. Precisely for this reason, it is often possible to restore them in an emergency. In addition, PowerPoint also has an efficient automatic recovery function for documents closed by mistake without having previously saved them. Here are all the details.

    How to recover an unsaved PowerPoint: Windows

    If you are trying to recover a PowerPoint file following a sudden program shutdown or a shutdown of yours computer Windows, you have a good chance of being able to recover it thanks to the aforementioned automatic recovery function integrated in PowerPoint and in the other programs of the Microsoft Office suite.

    You can check immediately by starting PowerPoint from the list of installed programs that you find in the Start menu Windows. Once you have opened the software in question, click on the item Home at the top left (it has the icon of a casa) and, once done, press on the item Restore unsaved presentations placed at the bottom. Alternatively, click on the entry apri located on the left and then press the button Restore unsaved presentations.

    In the left area, the program will show you a list of recent unsaved files. At this point, to proceed, just click on the right key mouse on the file you want to restore and then select the item Save with name. Choose, therefore, a location for exporting the file and, finally, click on the button Save. See how simple it was?

    You should know that even if you do not manually save the files you are working on and you have not activated the PowerPoint autosave function, the program in question has enabled by default a restore function that saves temporary files every 10 minutes; if you want to lower this time threshold and thus allow a more frequent automatic saving, click on the item options located at the bottom left of the main PowerPoint page.

    Next, tap on the item Rescue and, from here, type 1 in box placed next to the item Save autosave information every; finally, press the button OK. You can also enable autosave on OneDrive, Microsoft's cloud storage service included in Windows 10 which offers, in its basic version, 5GB of free online storage sui server Microsoft.

    This way, even if some problem occurs with your computer, your files will remain safe in the cloud and you can recover them whenever you want. To activate saving to OneDrive, just open any PowerPoint file and press theswitch in the upper left, next to the item Automatic saving.

    You will then have to select your Microsoft account or, if you haven't done so before, you can also associate your account with OneDrive (I explained this procedure in detail in my tutorial on how to access OneDrive).

    Unbeknownst to you, perhaps, the automatic saving on Microsoft's cloud system had already been activated previously, so, if you are trying to recover a PowerPoint file you were working on, I also recommend that you check your personal space on the aforementioned service.

    To do this, open the OneDrive login page, press the button Log in, enter the credenziali d'accesso of your Microsoft account (if required) and click on the entry Recent items placed on the left. If you find the file you were looking for, right-click on it and press the button Download.

    In addition, I also recommend that you check the storage space of other cloud services, such as for example Google Drive e dropbox on which you may have saved a preliminary version of the file, so that you can find it and see how far your progress has been saved.

    If you haven't had any luck with the methods I just mentioned, try searching for temporary files with theFile Explorer Windows: during the work session, in fact, the Microsoft operating system automatically saves some copies of the files.

    To do this, click on the icon folder located at the bottom left, on the Windows taskbar and type one of the following strings into the Campo di Ricerca located at the top right: ppt*.tmp, .ppt, . Pptx, .pptm, .odp, .pps, .ppsx o .pot.

    If you have found such a file, click the right key mouse on it, press on the item Rhinomine and type a name of your choice for the file followed by . Pptx. At this point, click again with the right key mouse over the file icon and select the item Open with from the context menu, to open it with Power point and check if the file is what you were trying to recover.

    Also be sure to manually check the Windows temporary files folder; to do this, press the key combination Win + R, type % Temp% in the field for filling in the panel Run that appears on the screen, press the button OK.

    Finally, if you have enabled the Windows 10 backup feature, you can also check if you find a copy of the file by accessing the Settings Windows (press the button Home, the one with the pennant in the lower left corner), then go to Update and security> Backup> Restore files from a current backup. For more details on this procedure, please see my guide on how to backup your PC.

    Just like "last resort", if none of the solutions mentioned above gave the desired results, you could try scanning your PC's disk with a program to recover deleted data, then filtering the results to show only files PPT / PPTX, but the success rates of the operation are low, I warn you.

    How to recover an unsaved PowerPoint: Mac

    The functioning of the desktop variant of Power point to Mac it is very similar to that of Windows, therefore the first solutions I told you about in the previous chapter remain valid. Even in this case, in fact, whether the automatic save function is active or not, PowerPoint will create a backup copy of the files you are working on and you can take advantage of this feature to try to recover an apparently lost presentation.

    If there is a backup copy of the file you worked on recently, PowerPoint will notify you as soon as it is started: to open it, simply press the button OK (or you can find the copy by clicking on the item Recent). If you want this backup copy to be saved more frequently (the default is 10 minutes), once you have started PowerPoint on your Mac, go to the menu PowerPoint> Preferences And, nella finestra che si apre, select the scheda Save.

    In the box under the heading Save autosave information finger 1 and then close the window. If, on the other hand, you want to enable automatic saving via OneDrive or check if a copy of the file you were working on has been saved in this cloud service, I invite you again to consult the chapter on Windows.

    The other solution you can take advantage of is to manually check the macOS temporary files folder. To do this, click on the item vai located at the top, on the macOS menu bar, then click on the item Utility and, from here, open the application terminal. Then type the command open $TMPDIR and press the button Submit.

    Now scroll through the file list, open the folder TemporaryItems and check if there are PowerPoint files in this path. I also invite you to check your PowerPoint unsaved files folder. To do this, start the Finder (the smiling face icon on the Dock), select the voice Go to folder ... from the context menu and from here explore the path ~ / Users / [username] / Library / Containers / Microsoft PowerPoint / Data / Library / Preferences / AutoRecovery.

    Once you have found a file like this (it should contain the words _autorecover in the name), move it to a location of your choice (e.g. yours Desk), let us click destroy above and select the item Rhinomine from the context menu. Then type a name followed by the extension . Pptx and try to open the file with PowerPoint.

    Finally, as on Windows, you can also check for any file backups created automatically with the functional application time Machine which is present "standard" on the Apple operating system. To do this, go to the folder where you think the file of interest may have been previously saved, start Time Machina from Launchpad macOS and scroll, using the right sidebar, to the date say your interest.

    Then check the files in the selected Finder location and, once you have found the file you are looking for, click on it and press the button Restore located at the bottom right.

    Also with regard to the Mac, as a "last resort" you can try to check the cloud storage services (eg. ICloud Drive and Google Drive you use) and scan the computer disk with a program to recover deleted data, but the percentages of success are not very high.

    How to recover an unsaved PowerPoint: smartphone and tablet

    Recover a file that you have not saved onWhatsapp for mobile devices of Power point (available on Android and iOS / iPadOS) is perfectly possible and, indeed, in this case, compared to what happens on a computer, the restoration is even more immediate. Find all the details below.

    How to recover unsaved PowerPoint on Android

    As for the version for Android PowerPoint, every time you create a new presentation, the app will propose you as a default option to create the file on your personal space in OneDrive.

    In this way, even if something unexpected happens, you can recover the file directly from the cloud storage, I explained here how to do it. Alternatively, you can also use the OneDrive app, which you can download by opening this Play Store page and pressing the button Install (instead check the alternative stores if your device does not have access to Google services).

    Once you have launched the OneDrive app and have done the login with the credentials of the same Microsoft account you use in PowerPoint, you should find the presentation you worked on recently in the tab Home (to download it, just click on the icon placed in correspondence with the name on the right and then tap on the item Download).

    I also inform you that even if you have chosen to create the file on the phone memory and not on the OneDrive storage space, even if your device should shut down or the application should crash, you can find the file you are working on by opening the app again and pressing on the item Recent, lower left.

    This is because on the PowerPoint application the automatic saving is enabled by default (to check this setting you just need to open any file, press the icon at the top right, tap on the item Settings and, from here, check that the switch under the item Automatically save files is shown in red; if not, tap on it to fix it). Nothing too complex, do you agree?

    In addition, I also recommend that you do a manual search for temporary files using any File Manager. These are applications designed to explore the internal memory of devices and open files (I have recommended the ones that I consider most valid in this guide of mine; moreover, several Android smartphones have already pre-installed this type of app, you could find them in the menu apps with a folder icon and name File manager o File Explorer).

    Once you have started the file manager, just select a folder called Memory (o Shared internal memory, depending on the device you use) and browse the contents of the folder Documents (o Documents) and that of Power point. Give it a try now to see if you can find what you are looking for!

    How to recover unsaved PowerPoint on iPhone

    The PowerPoint app for iPhone e iPad it is similar to the counterpart for Android and, for this reason, the solutions I proposed in the previous chapter remain valid.

    The only difference with regard to Apple devices is that on the latter you do not have the possibility to perform manual searches in the device memory, therefore, for the recovery of the files you will have to rely entirely on the automatic recovery option of PowerPoint. For any other questions about this application, I refer you to my tutorial on how PowerPoint works.

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