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Recovering New Unsaved Presentations Manually in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Learn how to recover a new presentation manually in PowerPoint 2013, which wasn’t ever saved.

Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 and higher

Have you ever created a new presentation in PowerPoint and then closed it without saving it for even once? This scenario seems to be little strange and impossible since even if you accidentally close your presentation, PowerPoint prompts you whether you want to save your presentation. Yet, you can be in a similar scenario if you lose all your file changes to a system or PowerPoint crash. Fortunately, there are chances that your unsaved presentation is safe in some state! Most of the time, PowerPoint will salvage your file and offer to open it for you the next time you launch the program. Alternatively, even if you don't see any files being offered for recovery, you can set the process in action manually:

Note: You must have turned on the AutoRecover or AutoSave options, and ensured that the save interval is set to save your work frequently enough. Also, the procedure explained in this tutorial applies only to recover the new unsaved presentations, not to recover the presentation that was saved at least once.
  1. Launch PowerPoint 2013 and open a new file. Access the File menu, and choose the Info Pane to get to Backstage view, as shown in Figure 1. Thereafter, select the Manage Versions option (highlighted in red within Figure 1) to bring up a small drop-down menu -- from the drop-down menu select the Recover Unsaved Presentations option, as shown highlighted in blue within Figure 1.

    Recover Unsaved Presentations option
    Figure 1: Recover Unsaved Presentations option

    Alternatively, if you haven't opened any presentation, just access the File menu, and choose the Open Pane of the Backstage view, as shown in Figure 2. Thereafter, scroll down and click the Recover Unsaved Presentations option, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 2.

    Recover Unsaved Presentations option
    Figure 2: Recover Unsaved Presentations option
  2. Either of these brings up the Open dialog box, as shown in Figure 3.

    Open dialog box
    Figure 3: Open dialog box

    Within this dialog box, you'll find copies of unsaved presentations. Select the required file, and click the Open button, highlighted in red within Figure 3, above.
  3. This opens the selected presentation within PowerPoint. Once opened you'll notice a yellow strip just below the Ribbon and above the Slide Area, shown highlighted in red within Figure 4.

    Recovered unsaved file
    Figure 4: Recovered unsaved file
  4. Within the yellow, strip click the Save As button. This brings up the Save As dialog box, within this dialog box, choose the location where you want to save your recovered presentation, provide it with a name and save it.
Note: The next option within the Manage Versions drop-down menu is Delete All Unsaved Presentations (highlighted in red within Figure 5 ). Choose this option to delete all recent autosaved copies of unsaved presentations.

Delete All Unsaved Presentations option
Figure 5: Delete All Unsaved Presentations option

Note: If you have lost any presentation that was saved once, but wroked upon later again and got closed without getting saved, that presentation will be autosaved in a different location. To learn how to recover such presentations, explore our Recovering Unsaved Presentations in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows tutorial.

See Also: Recovering Presentations Manually in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

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