Ah, PowerPoint. Once scoffed at, the program has become a staple for meetings, lectures, talks and think tanks of the 21st century. Usually, if you’re creating a PowerPoint presentation, it means you plan to speak in front of a group of people. This makes it all the more stressful if you lose a file either through a glitch or a power failure or severe hardware damage. The good news for you is that you have a few options to get that sleek new presentation back.
PowerPoint has an auto recover feature that will save a .ppt file every so often. This is a similar feature to most Google services, which save automatically. If you have auto recover running, you can always get your files back, even if your computer was damaged or unexpectedly shut down.
If you can’t use auto recover to get your file back, try downloading third-party software. This is a pretty easy process, but it’s important that you not use the affected drives while going through the recovery process. This means no saving or altering files because when you delete a file you don’t actually destroy it, but mark it as available to be overwritten.
Once you isolate the affected drives and download a recovery app, you can run it. Make sure that you’re running the app on the appropriate device–i.e a device containing the files you need.
After the scan is complete, you’ll be able to preview the files manually. Usually filenames are lost in the recovery process, so previewing everything can take a little bit of time. Just take your time and find what you need.
Now that you’ve scanned your computer and previewed all of your files, the only step left is to actually recover the file you want. This should be as easy as the click of a button. Just make sure that you back it up to a location other than your current device. An external hard drive or even USB drive is preferable.
And that’s all you need to do to handle most recovery situations. There are a few extenuating circumstances (such as hardware damage) where you might need to go to an expert, but in most other cases the steps outlined above should be plenty!