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Hi,
My WinXP computer just crashed as I was making a powerpoint 2007 presentation.  After rebooting, I tried opening the .ppt file. Powerpoint prompted me to select and auto-recover version. Before I had a chance to select one, this pane closed.  Now I have no idea how to get it to come back up or to recover my file.

How can I get my file back?
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by:macentrap
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Check in C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Local Settings\Temp
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these files will be starting with <ppt???.tmp>
Double click on it and open in Power Point

Hope this helps.
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by:highqllc
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hi i checked there.  there are _no_ files with ppt in the filename.  There were just a couple .tmp files from today and they were definitely not ppt.  They were also very small wheras my presentation was ~10 mb
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How about 'Recycle bin', do you have anything with similar details
This happen if Auto-recover files is not saved
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by:highqllc
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I checked there.  nada.
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Right...
What details you got, clicked on Office Button (left hand corner)\ PowerPoint Options\Save
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auotsave was _not_ turned on (what a crappy default value).   But I am confused because the document recovery pane opened briefly when I first re-opened the file, indicating that there  _was_ an auotsave file around!

Anways, I've re-done the presentation. But I'm still curious if what you experts think happened.
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Usually by default it is "Turned On",
When system tried to recover from crash, it  would have reset the settings :(
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