How to Get a PowerPoint Presentation Back That I Didn't Save
That heart stopping moment when you wish you could rescind a click of your mouse to undo what you've just done -- it might be hours of work gone due to a momentary lapse, or your computer may have "helpfully" reset while you were at lunch, leaving you without the PowerPoint presentation you'd been working on. Microsoft Office has a few tricks up its sleeve to help recover a closed file even if you didn't save it.
1 Recover Unsaved Presentations
When you close PowerPoint it holds a copy of any unsaved presentations you might have been working on, just in case you change your mind after closing them. The File menu has a Recent option where you can find the "Recover Unsaved Presentations" button in the lower right corner. Click on it and you'll see a folder with any recently open presentation that you hadn't yet saved. All you need to do is open the file and properly save it and you're back in business.
2 AutoRecover Magic
In addition to keeping a copy of any unsaved files, PowerPoint can also automatically save files that you're working on. In the Options window -- found through the File menu -- you can set the different Save options for PowerPoint, including how AutoRecover works. By default it's set to save your file every 10 minutes to a temporary folder. You can see where the folder is and even browse to it if you think your unsaved PowerPoint file might be hiding there.