Have you ever created a brand new presentation in PowerPoint and then closed it without saving it for even once? This scenario seems to be a little unbelievable, because even if you accidentally 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 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.
Follow these steps to recover new unsaved presentations manually in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows:
- Launch PowerPoint. Access the File menu, and choose the Info option to get to Backstage view, as shown in Figure 1, below. Thereafter, select the Manage Versions option to bring up a small drop-down menu, as shown in Figure 1. From the drop-down menu select the Recover Unsaved Presentations option, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 1.
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, below. Thereafter, click the Recover Unsaved Presentations option, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 2.
Figure 2: Recover Unsaved Presentations option to be selected
- Either of these actions brings up the Open dialog box, as shown in Figure 3, below.
Figure 3: Open dialog box
- Within this dialog box, you'll find copies of unsaved presentations. Select any file, and click the Open button.
- This action opens the selected presentation within PowerPoint. Once opened you'll notice a yellow strip just below the Ribbon and above the Slide Area, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 4, below.
Figure 4: Presentation with yellow strip
- Within the highlighted strip click the Save As button. Doing so brings up the Save As dialog box, choose the location where you want to save your recovered presentation.
- 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 copies of unsaved presentations.
Figure 5: Delete All Unsaved Presentations option within the Manage Versions drop-down menu
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