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Recovering Presentations Manually in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Learn how to recover presentations manually in PowerPoint 2010.


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Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2010

OS: Microsoft Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8






Have you ever created a brand new presentation in PowerPoint and then closed it without saving it for even once? This scenario seem to be little unbelievable, because even if you accidently close your presentation, PowerPoint asks whether you would like to save the presentation or not. So just in case you did the unbelievable and discarded all your changes, there are chances that your updated presentation may be saved in some state, also it's entirely plausible that you may have lost all your file changes to a system or PowerPoint crash. Most of the time, PowerPoint will salvage your file and offer to open it for you the next time you launch the program, alternatively, 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.


  1. Launch PowerPoint. Access the File menu, and choose the Info option to get to Backstage view, as shown in Figure 1. Thereafter, select the Manage Versions option to bring up a small drop-down menu (see Figure 1 again). From the drop-down menu select the Recover Unsaved Presentations option, highlighted in red within Figure 1.

    Recover Unsaved Presentation option within the Manage Versions drop-down menu
    Figure 1: Recover Unsaved Presentations option within the Manage Versions drop-down menu

    Alternatively, access the File menu, and choose the Recent option of the Backstage view, as shown in Figure 2. Thereafter, click the Recover Unsaved Presentations option, highlighted in red within Figure 2.

    Recover Unsaved Presentations option to be selected
    Figure 2: Recover Unsaved Presentations option to be selected
  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 any file, and click the Open button.
  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.

    Presentation with yellow strip
    Figure 4: Presentation with yellow strip

    Within the yellow strip click the Save As button. This brings up the Save As dialog box, choose the location where you want to save your recovered presentation.
  4. 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 copies of unsaved presentations.

    Delete All Unsaved Presentations option within the Manage Versions drop-down menu
    Figure 5: Delete All Unsaved Presentations option within the Manage Versions drop-down menu

See Also:
Recovering New Unsaved Presentations Manually in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Recovering New Unsaved Presentations Manually in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

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