How to Recover an Overwritten Powerpoint File

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How to Recover an Overwritten Powerpoint File
Recover computer files by locating their storage location. (computer image by Orlando Florin Rosu from

Recovering an overwritten PowerPoint file involves locating where you saved your original file. You may need to recover an overwritten file if you've made a mistake and cannot correct it. You may have opened an attachment from your Microsoft Outlook e-mail, changed the document extensively and then found you were unable to find it later. Once you open the file again, it appears as if the new file overwrites your previous edits. You've probably inadvertently saved the file to a temporary file folder called the OLK1 directory, a temporary folder for files which you may want to delete later.

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Things you need

  • PowerPoint 2003
  • Outlook 2003

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    To retrieve an attachment such as one you lost because you opened via an Outlook e-mail message, click the "File Save" option from your Outlook e-mail message to observe where it was saved. Click the "Up" arrow in the "Save As" dialogue box and take note of the navigation path as you traverse up the hierarchy.

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    Open Windows Explorer and enter the file folder location you just accessed in the Address bar. You can also enter this location into the Internet Explorer address bar. For example, you might enter a location such as:

    C:\Documents and Settings\MyUserName\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\OLK1

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    Once you have navigated to the correct location, you can identify the version of the PowerPoint file you need. Open it and save it to a document location you can access that is not hidden.

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    Additionally, to recover a file when the application is not responding, from the "Start" menu, click the "Programs" option and select the "Microsoft Office Tools" option. Click the "Microsoft Office Application Recovery" option. In the "Application" list, click the PowerPoint application that is not responding. To recover files, click the "Recover Application" option. If you want to close the program, losing recent changes, click the "End Application" option. Examine the files listed in the "Document Recovery" task pane. For each file that you want to keep, click the arrow next to the file name and click the "Open" button. To save the file, click the "Save" button to overwrite and replace the existing file. Click the "Close" option to complete the document recovery task.

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