How to Recover an Unsaved PPT

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How to Recover an Unsaved PPT
You can recover PowerPoint files after a system crash. (computer image by blaine stiger from

As you work in PowerPoint, the program has a temporary file that tracks the changes you have made since your last save. PowerPoint has an auto-recovery tool to help you recover files that you may have forgotten to save before you closed Microsoft PowerPoint or that you may have been working on before your application ended unexpectedly.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Click the Microsoft Windows icon in the lower left-hand side of the screen.

  2. 2

    Select "Computer."

  3. 3

    Double-click your main hard drive, typically drive "C."

  4. 4

    Type "ppt*.tmp" in the search box on the upper-right corner of the window.

  5. 5

    Press "Enter" to search your hard drive for an unsaved PowerPoint file.

  6. 6

    Change the extension of the temporary auto-save file to the PowerPoint extension (.ppt) by right-clicking the file and selecting "Rename."

  7. 7

    Double-click the renamed file to open it in PowerPoint.

  8. 8

    Save the recovered file by clicking the "Save" option from the "File" menu.

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