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Recovering New Unsaved Presentations Manually in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Learn to recover new, unsaved presentations manually in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows. For this recovery to work, the AutoRecover and AutoSave options must be enabled.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 and higher



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Have you ever created a new presentation in PowerPoint and then closed it without saving it for even once? This scenario seems to be a 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 this process in action manually.

AutoRecover and AutoSave

You must have turned on the AutoRecover and 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.

Follow these steps to recover new unsaved presentations manually in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows:

  1. Launch PowerPoint and open a new file. Access the File menu, and choose the Info pane to get to Backstage view, as shown in Figure 1, below. Thereafter, select the Manage Presentation option, as shown 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.
  2. Recover Unsaved Presentations option
    Figure 1: Recover Unsaved Presentations option
  3. 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, below. Thereafter, scroll down and click the Recover Unsaved Presentations option, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 2.
  4. Recover Unsaved Presentations option
    Figure 2: Recover Unsaved Presentations option
  5. Either of these actions brings up the Open dialog box, as shown in Figure 3, below.
  6. Open dialog box
    Figure 3: Open dialog box
  7. Within this dialog box, you'll find copies of unsaved presentations. Select the required file, and click the Open button, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 3, above.
  8. This action opens the selected presentation within PowerPoint. Once opened you'll notice a long strip just below the Ribbon and above the Slide Area, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 4, below.
  9. Recovered unsaved file
    Figure 4: Recovered unsaved file
  10. Within the highlighted strip click the Save As button. Doing so 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.

Delete All Unsaved Presentations

The next option within the Manage Versions drop-down menu is Delete All Unsaved Presentations, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 5, below. Choose this option to delete all recent autosaved copies of unsaved presentations.

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

Recovering Other Presentations

If you have lost any presentation that was saved once, but worked 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 2016 for Windows tutorial.


See Also:

16 03 03 - Manage Versions: Recovering New Unsaved Presentations Manually in PowerPoint (Glossary Page)

Recovering New Unsaved Presentations Manually in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Recovering New Unsaved Presentations Manually in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

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