How to Recover Closed PowerPoint Files in Windows?

How to recover closed PowerPoint files in Windows? Use two efficient ways to recover unsaved PowerPoint files on this page. And you can also find lost PowerPoint with no effort.


By Penny / Updated on April 3, 2024

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How do I find recently closed PowerPoint?

Created by Microsoft PowerPoint or other presentation programs like Apple Keynote, PPT files are editable slides. And it is the top choice for presenters because PowerPoint slides include text, images, movies, sound effects, and music.


I closed PowerPoint 2007 and clicked not to save the file. I had two presentations open. I didn’t want to save one but didn’t mean to close another. How can I open up the most recent presentation with all my changes? Not the file that doesn’t have my most recent changes. 

-A user from Microsoft

Have you ever accidentally closed PowerPoint files without saving them like the above user? If you’re reading this post, which implies you’re seeking ways to recover unsaved PowerPoint files. So why not scroll down to get feasible methods?

How to recover accidentally closed PowerPoint files?

How to recover closed PowerPoint files? For Windows, MS Office has provided many practical features. At the moment, you can rely on these built-in features to address this issue.  

Method 1. Recover unsaved PowerPoint files via the AutoRecover feature

As the name reveals, AutoRecover can prevent your PowerPoint files from being damaged or corrupted. Please ensure you’ve enabled the AutoRecover feature before. If not, you’re not ready to recover unsaved PowerPoint files via it.

After turning on AutoRecover, the program will automatically save your PowerPoint at default (10 min) or customized time intervals as you need.

Step 1. Open your Microsoft PowerPoint program, then click File > Info > Options.


Step 2. Under the “Save” tab, tick the “Save AutoRecover information every x minutes” and “Keep the last AutoRecovered version if I close without saving” buttons. Please remember to click the “OK” button.


Step 3. After that, please go to the AutoRecover file location/temp folder C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\PowerPoint to restore your PPT files.

Method 2. Recover unsaved PowerPoint files via the Recover Unsaved Presentation feature

How to recover closed PowerPoint files? Likewise, the Recover Unsaved Presentation feature also can help you.

Step 1. Start your PowerPoint files and go to the Welcome page. Then click the “Recover Unsaved Presentation” button.


Step 2. In the Document Recovery section, select a PPT version you want among all the listed PPT versions.


After that, you’re supposed to save your selected PPT version in another place.

Bonus tips: How to find lost PowerPoint files with no effort?

The above content focuses on how to recover accidentally closed PowerPoint files, and this part aims to find lost PowerPoint files in Windows.

If you fail to find your lost PowerPoint files via the above solutions, these PPT files are likely to be deleted. At the moment, you can restore your PowerPoint files from backups or take advantage of data recovery tools like MyRecover.

Let’s get an overview of this data recovery software.

Recover the deleted/lost Word, Excel, PPT, PDF, Photos, Videos, Audio, folders, compressed files, and other 200+ types of data from HDD, USB, SD cards, etc.
Keep the original format for the deleted and lost data.   
During scanning, search your needed PPT files by entering their filenames or wait to find all the deleted and other lost files on your computers.  
Support NTFS, exFAT, FAT32, and ReFS file systems in Windows 11, 10, 8, 7, and Windows Server.

Let’s perform how to find lost PowerPoint files within three steps. Please download it on your PC.

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Step 1. After loading the disk, hover the mouse over the disk/partition that contains your desired PPT files. Then click Scan.


Step 2. The combined scanning method of Quick Scan and Deep Scan will detect all the deleted and other missing files after scanning. During scanning, you can also search.


Step 3. Go to Deleted files/Other missing files folder, and click “Recover x files” to recover your selected PowerPoint files. Please remember to save them in a new location.


In conclusion

If you’re wondering how to recover closed PowerPoint files in Windows, you can make good use of Microsoft’s built-in features like the AutoRecover feature.

If you deleted PowerPoint files, you can recover PowerPoint files from backups or use MyRecover.

In the end, if you’re unwilling to suffer the second damage, there’s no better way than creating regular backups.

  • Use Windows features like Backup and Restore for files/folders backup.
  • Use Windows features like System Restore for partition/system backup.
  • Use free backup software for Windows, AOMEI Backupper to make a file/partition/disk/system backup as you need.  
Penny · Editor
Penny works as an editor at AOMEI Technology, while she's a tester and editor for AOMEI Data Recovery Tools. She enjoys helping users with data recovery issues on Windows and iPhones using simple and practical solutions. Outside of work, she has a strong affection for pets, particularly giant pandas.