How to Recover an Unsaved PowerPoint File

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Recovering an unsaved Microsoft PowerPoint file is a simple process that should not take longer than a few minutes to complete successfully. Microsoft PowerPoint allows you to create slide-based presentations that serve as a supplement to an oral presentation or lecture. The software allows you to convey the main points of your argument in an aesthetically appealing format. Unfortunately, there may be times when a PowerPoint presentation is not saved properly. Luckily, there is a simple process to recover your work.


Load your Microsoft PowerPoint software and allow the main page to fully load. Click "Start" at the top of the screen and select the "Search" option from the subsequent menu. Click on the box marked "For Files or Folders."


Type "ppt*.tmp" into the "Search Results" box that appears on screen. Once the text has been entered, click on the "Search Now" tab at the bottom of the screen.


Right-click the lost file when it appears on screen and click the "Rename" tab. Rename the file with whatever name you want; however, the file must end in the ".ppt" extension.


Double-click the newly renamed file to open the file with the PowerPoint software. Click on the "File" tab at the top of the screen and select the "Save As" option from the subsequent menu. Rename the file once again and click "Save" from the bottom of the screen.

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