How to Restore AutoSave Information in a PowerPoint

By Ryan Menezes

Office 2010 saves your presentations automatically.
i Handout/Getty Images News/Getty Images

When you close PowerPoint without saving your work, PowerPoint retains your unsaved information in an autosaved file. This feature may help you recover edits if your company's computers frequently freeze or crash. By default, PowerPoint saves your changes to this temporary file every 10 minutes, and it usually lists your unsaved files when you launch the program after an unexpected shutdown. If PowerPoint doesn't show this list, restore the autosaved file and open it manually.

Click "File" in the PowerPoint ribbon.

Click "Recent" in the window's sidebar to open a list of your recently accessed files and folders.

Click "Recover Unsaved Presentations" to launch the Open dialog box, which lists your autosaved PowerPoint files.

Double-click your file to restore it and open it.


You can change the frequency of PowerPoint's autosaves by clicking "File," then "Options," then "Save" and changing the X value in the line labeled "Save AutoRecover information every [X] minutes." Keep in mind that more frequent saves will cause Office to run more slowly.