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My system crashed while I had an unsaved project in PowerPoint. My PowerPoint is configured to auto-backup every 10 minutes, but when I reopened PowerPoint, no backup files were offered.

I want to search my drive, but since I hadn't saved the file yet, it doesn't have a name, and I don't know (and can't find) the extension that PowerPoint uses for it backup files.

Can anyone tell me how unsaved backups are stored (if at all) and what extension I should search for?
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by:danengle
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in Office 2003:
1. Click "Tools" - "Options".
2. When the "Options" multi-tabbed dialog box appears, click the "Save" tab.
3. Look Underneath "Default file location

in Office 2007,
Click the Office button (big button in the top left), Powerpoint Options -> Save -> default save location.
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by:birwin
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The file just points to the My Documents folder. There are actually no PowerPoint files there, since I use a PowerPoint subfolder to hold them.

The file I am hoping to recover was not saved. I foolishly worked on it for a few hours, and never saved it. Does PowerPoint, like Word, have a built in backup save system? If yes, I'd like to know what extension the backup files use, so I can try to find them.
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by:danengle
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it should still be a Powerpoint extension.  the name usually starts with a ~ character.  Could be the file was removed.  I'd try an undelete tool.
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The link gave me exactly the information I was looking for. Thank you.
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