Saving and Sharing

Understand how to save PowerPoint presentations, including using the PowerPoint save as PDF function, in this free lesson.

Using AutoRecover

PowerPoint automatically saves your presentations to a temporary folder while you are working on them. If you forget to save your changes or if PowerPoint crashes, you can restore the file using AutoRecover.

To use AutoRecover:

  1. Open PowerPoint 2013. If autosaved versions of a file are found, the Document Recovery pane will appear.
  2. Click to open an available file. The presentation will be recovered.
    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013The Document Recovery pane

By default, PowerPoint autosaves every 10 minutes. If you are editing a presentation for less than 10 minutes, PowerPoint may not create an autosaved version.

If you don't see the file you need, you can browse all autosaved files from Backstage view. Just select the File tab, click Manage Versions, then choose Recover Unsaved Presentations.

Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Recovering an unsaved file