PPT Recovery: How to Recover Unsaved and Deleted PowerPoint Files on Mac

2018-06-20 22:00:04 / Posted by Rosa Reyes to Recover Follow @ Rosa

How can I recover unsaved PowerPoint on Mac? Many users have similar problems, and I am not the exception. Last week, I spent two days in designing my PowerPoint presentations with great shapes, animations, images, tables, word art, basic shapes, stars, etc. Unfortunately, my PowerPoint crashed and I didn’t have extra time to make such a valuable PowerPoint again.

So I did some research for recovering PowerPoint files unsaved or deleted on mac, and finally I recovered my PowerPoint file with an Mac data recovery software. Here I want to share it, actually there are two ways to recover PPT files on Mac in PowerPoint 2008, 2011 and 2016, one is to recover unsaved PowerPoint Mac, and the other is to recover lost or deleted PowerPoint files.

To avoid the PowerPoint file from being overwritten, please do not add new data or install Mac Data Recovery software on the hard drive where you lost PowerPoint presentation. Just follow below ways, you will recover unsaved PowerPoint on Mac and get your lost or deleted PPT file back.

How to Recover Unsaved PowerPoint on Mac

Microsoft Office has a fantastic feature called AutoSave; that it can automatically save a temporary PPT copy on a periodic basis. The feature is turned on by default and the default save interval is 10 minutes. And AutoRecover, a feature that is available in some Office applications, attempts to recover PowerPoint files automatically in the event of data loss.

So in order to recover unsaved PowerPoint Mac, you have to enable AutoSave or AutoRecover first. If not, just click the Microsoft Office and follow below guide to turn on or change how frequently PowerPoint files are automatically saved:

  1. On the PowerPoint menu, click Preferences.
  2. Click Save, select the AutoSave or AutoRecover info every check box, and then enter a small number in the minute’s box to specify how often you want the program to save your data and the program state, like 10. That way, you’ll never lose more than 10 minutes of work.

Recover Unsaved PowerPoint on Mac If Confirgued AutoRecover or AutoSave 

If your Mac crashes and quit your PPT without saving, next time you open PowerPoint, it will automatically recover PowerPoint files not saved on Mac. And you can follow next path to find PowerPoint autosave location and recover unsaved PPT in Mac:

For Office 2011 and 2008: 

/Users/username/Library/Application Support/ Microsoft/Office/Office X AutoRecovery (X stands for Office version of your PPT).

For Office 2016: 


The amount of new information that the recovered PPT file contains depends on how frequently a Microsoft Office program saves the recovery file. For example, if the recovery file is saved only every 15 minutes, your recovered PPT file won't contain your last 14 minutes of work before the power failure or other problem occurred. And you can also use above method to recover word document on Mac and recover excel files not saved.

Recover Unsaved PowerPoint on Mac if Didn’t Configure AutoSave or AutoRecover

If you couldn't find the unsaved PowerPoint files by following above method, then the last thing you can do is to check your temporary folder. If you are lucky enough, maybe you can find unsaved PowerPoint files on Mac. Here are steps to locate PowerPoint temp files on Mac.

  1. Open Terminal and type “open $TMPDIR”, hit “Enter”to continue.
  2. Then the Temporary folder will open. Select "Temporaryitems" folder.
  3. And you will see a list of files in .tmp extension. Find the PowerPoint files you need. Then you can copy and paste it to another location. At last, you can recover unsaved PowerPoint file on Mac by changing the extension from .tmp to .ppt.

How to Recover Lost or Deleted PowerPoint on Mac

If you can’t find the unsaved PowerPoint file, it may get lost. You can choose a third-party PowerPoint recovery software to recover lost PowerPoint file on Mac. As long as the PPT document has not been overwritten yet, there's hope of recovering the lost PowerPoint document.

Cisdem Data Recovery will be a good choice for you as it is effective in PPT recovery no matter which PowerPoint version you are running. It is the best data recovery software for Mac which can recover files such as office document files, pictures, videos, etc from Mac hard drive and other external storage devices.

You can download and install this PowerPoint recovery software on Mac. It’s free to try it. Then follow the below guide to start your lost or deleted PowerPoint recovery job.

How to perform PowerPoint recovery on Mac

Step 1Select a recovery solution.

Open this PowerPoint Recovery Software and you will see five recovery solutions, choose the suitable one. Here I choose “Advanced File Recovery”. This option will scan the entire drive to find lost or deleted files like Images, Videos, Dcouments including PPT, DOC, PDF, and Excel, etc.
Tip: If you want to recover PowerPoint document from USB, SD card or external hard drive, please connect it to your Mac in advance.

Step 2Choose storage device to scan lost PPT files.

After you choose recovery wizard, you will see an interface showing different kinds of storage devices, including hard drive partitions and other external storage device (if connected to your Mac). You can select the drive or device for recovering PowerPoint files.

Step 3Preview and recover lost PPT file.

After scanning, this powerful PPT recovery tool will list all found files on the left column. You can click PPT file to preview, and select the PPT file, then click “Recover” button to recover PPT file on Mac.

Although it is always recommended to periodically save your PowerPoint files to avoid any kind of data loss, however if you haven’t been very diligent in saving your work or have suffered from events such as a system crash that may cause data loss, then you can follow the above mentioned process to recover unsaved PowerPoint files and get all lost PPT files back by using Cisdem Data Recovery. Last but not least, always click the "Save" button after you make any change to your PPT presentation. 

Free Download Cisdem Data Recovery for Mac

Most Popular Downloads


iPhone Cleaner

Safely freeing up more space on your iPhone.

19.99 29.99
Learn More

iPhone Data Recovery

Recover deleted or lost iPhone data without backup.

39.99 49.99
Learn More

Hot Articles

  • How to Do the SanDisk Recovery?

    On the business trip, store important files in laptop is not the first choice, instead with storing them on memory card or flash drive are very convenient. With more files stored on the SD memory card or flash drive. If we deleted the necessary files by mistaken will be so troublesome. Here, we will introduce three ways about how to recover files on the SanDisk card with best data recovery software.

  • How to Restore from Time Machine on Mac

    This guide outlines the instructions to restore from Time Machine backup and perform data recovery on Mac if you get Time Machine backup error.

  • 2019 Update: How to Recover Unsaved or Lost Word Document on Mac

    Here, we will introduce the ways about word document recovery what includes how to recover unsaved word documents and recover deleted word documents on mac.

4 Comments Leave a Reply

  • Ching

    This app can find the deleted ppt files for me, thanks. Rosa, if I buy one single license, can I get a discount?

    2 years ago REPLY
  • Rosa Reyes

    Hi, Ching. You can visit its product page to see if there is a discount or not.

    2 years ago REPLY
  • Davily322

    I have foolishly deleted a powerpoint file accidentally while using a Mac Cleaner app, but thank god, I got it back with this powerful data recovery.

    2 years ago REPLY
  • Lucy

    What a wonderful data recovery it is! I was working on a very important PPT, and i remembered to save it in a folder. I opened my Mac and the PPT was missing. Then I was looking for a data recovery software on Google and i found Cisdem datarecovery, it recovered the missing PPT.

    2 years ago REPLY