[Solved] How to Recover PowerPoint Files Freely?

Wondering how to recover PowerPoint files? Get several efficient solutions on how to recover deleted files in PowerPoint on this page.


By Penny / Updated on April 3, 2024

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Help! How to recover lost PowerPoint?


Help! My PowerPoint files were missing. I believe these files are still on my computer. But I cannot identify where there are, I’m not sure how to recover deleted files in PowerPoint? Please help me. Thanks.

Microsoft PowerPoint is a well-designed tool for giving presentations. Slides are customizable to meet your needs because of their ability and visual impact. However, if you accidentally deleted PowerPoint or lost slides that can’t be found in the recycle bin, it might be a heartbreaking thing for data loss.

It’s accessible to recover your deleted or lost PowerPoint files freely. Please pay attention to these recoverable PowerPoint files and refer to the saved PowerPoint files before deleting or losing them. The following parts also focus on the saved documents rather than the unsaved ones.  

Possible reasons for the deleted or lost PowerPoint

How to recover PowerPoint files? Before tapping into specific solutions, we’re going to list some possible scenarios for the deleted or lost PowerPoint. After all, many things could lead to the deletion of PPT.   

▶Sudden system crashes

▶Sudden power failure

▶MS Office corruption or errors

▶Virus attacks

How to recover deleted files in PowerPoint?

This section aims to offer explicit instructions on how to recover deleted files in PowerPoint. Wish you can recover your deleted or lost PowerPoint files with the following solutions.

Way 1. Recover deleted PowerPoint files using the built-in AutoRecover feature

Microsoft PowerPoint offers you two feasible features to recover data. That is the Recover Unsaved Presentation feature and AutoRecover feature. Here, the latter feature can indeed solve the current problem. Built-in PowerPoint and turned on by default, this feature enables you to save your presentations at time intervals.

Step 1. Press the "Start/Winkey" button to start, enter PowerPoint/PPT in the search bar, then open your PowerPoint files by clicking on it.

Step 2. Click "Options" > "Save". You can change the time period for saving AutoRecover information like the reference picture and specify the AutoRecover location.


Step 3. If you’ve enabled this feature, you can go to the AutoRecover file location directly. Then you can open the recovered PowerPoint files from there.

Way 2. Recover deleted PowerPoint files using Windows File Recovery

Windows File Recovery is only available from the Microsoft Store for Windows 10 versions 2004 (May 2020 update) and later. Because there is no graphical user interface, users must enter the corresponding command prompt to recover files for various scenarios. This powerful utility is a good assistant for Windows data recovery. Please read further to get more details about how to utilize it.

The basic command format: winfr source-drive: destination-drive: [/mode] [/switches]

Let’s check your file systems before implementing specific steps. Click “This PC”, and right-click on the drive which saves your deleted files before deleting, then click “Properties”.


Step 1. Download Windows File Recovery from the Microsoft Store and install it on your computer.


Step 2. In the search box, search Windows File Recovery. Then click “Run as administrator”.


Step 3. Select a suitable mode after checking your file systems.

File system


Recommended mode


Deleted recently



Deleted a while ago



After formatting a disk



A corrupted disk


FAT and exFAT



Step 4. Resemble your command lines with syntaxes according to the following form. You can get more General and Advanced syntax in Microsoft official support.



Supported mode(s)


Filter the scan range: scans for a specific file with its file name/path/type, etc.



Recover specific extension groups.



Recovers system files.

NTFS Segment​​​​​


Recovers undeleted files, for example, from the Recycle Bin.

NTFS Segment

Let’s take an example. If you plan to recover the ZIP folders containing the deleted PowerPoint files from the C drive to the RecoveryTest folder on the E drive, the command line is winfr C: E: \RecoveryTest /x /y:ZIP

Step 5. Enter “y” to go on, then wait patiently. Your recovered files will be saved in the destination drive.

Another free option: WinfrGUI (Windows File Recovery GUI)

These steps above might be a little hard for the public to operate. “How to recover PowerPoint files?” At the moment, WinfrGUI might assist you to solve this issue easier with a graphical user interface. With this free tool, you can also enjoy the same function as Windows File Recovery. To be more precise, you're allowed to recover the deleted or lost Media/Office/Zip files and other types of data in Windows 11/10. 

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Step 1. Install and run  WinfrGUI on your computer. Then select one partition to scan data and one place to save recovered PowerPoint files respectively.


Step 2. Select Quick Scan or Deep Scan. Then specify file types and folders after clicking “Advanced Settings”.


Step 3. Click “Start Recovery” and wait patiently, your recovered files will be saved in the destination drive which you’ve chosen.


Way 3. Recover deleted PowerPoint files using MyRecover 

Presenters usually want to keep the format of deleted or lost PowerPoint files because only this format could render the biggest visual impact and excite the public imagination. Although WinfrGUI cannot do this, the leading Window data recovery software, MyRecover could satisfy your needs. Let's have a closer look at its functions below. 

You're allowed to recover the deleted/lost files from SSD/HDD/USB and other electronic devices. 
Keep its original path, file names, and format for the deleted files. 
It provides good coverage of 200+ types of data: Word, Excel, PPT, Photos, Audios, Videos, Webpages, Emails, and Compressed files.
 The software will perform Quick Scan and Deep Scan automatically. 
Good compatibility: Support NTFS, FAT32, exFAT, and ReFS in Windows 11/10/8/7 and Windows Server. 
All-inclusive: Apply to broader data loss scenarios like disk formatting. 

Download it and enjoy a higher data recovery rate now!

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Step 1. Run MyRecover on the computer. Then hover the mouse over the disk/partition including your PowerPoint files before deletion/loss, and click Scan.


Step 2. All the deleted PowerPoint files and other lost files will be displayed on the screen after performing Quick Scan and Deep Scan automatically. 


Step 3. Check the scanning results and click "Recover x files". Then save your recovered PowerPoint files in a new location. 


Wrapping up

How to recover PowerPoint files? You can take advantage of the feature of PowerPoint. If you can handle complex command lines, you can use Windows File Recovery for help. Most of us might be weak in this aspect. If you want to maintain the original format for the deleted/lost PowerPoint files, you're supposed to utilize MyRecover instead of free WinfrGUI. 

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.