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:
You must have turned on the
AutoRecover or AutoSave
, 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
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.
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.
Figure 2: Recover Unsaved Presentations option
Either of these brings up the Open dialog box, as shown in Figure 3.
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.
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.
Figure 4: Recovered unsaved file
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
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
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
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