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How to locate an unsaved file in Windows

How to locate an unsaved file in Windows

Welcome back to PowerPoint Training Online. In this week’s tutorial we are going to show you how to not tear your hair out. Well not literally, we are going to show you how to locate an unsaved file in Windows.

I am sure there has been a time in your life where you were working on something and suddenly something happens. There is a power cut or somebody unplugs the wrong power cable. Being able to find an unsaved file can save you a world of stress and pain.

Microsoft has now, after many years of people asking, built in a file recovery system. It will show any files that were not saved when the program accidentally shut down.

That nearly makes this tutorial redundant however there are still people out their using older versions of Microsoft Office, so they may not have this feature yet. But don’t worry, there is another way to locate an unsaved file.

The ‘How to locate an unsaved file in Windows‘ video

The ‘How to locate an unsaved file in Windows‘ step-by-step guide

Step One – Open file explorer

Unlike nearly all our other videos, we are not using PowerPoint today, well not yet anyway.

The first thing we need to do is open file explorer. You can do this from the start menu or by pressing the little folder icon on the taskbar.


Step Two – Open the Windows (C:) folder

Once you have file explorer open you need to open the windows folder. If your file explorer has a navigation menu to the left, you will find it here under ‘This PC’. If you do not have this navigate to the folder labelled ‘Windows (C:)’.


Step Three – Open the Users folder

Now we need to open the ‘Users’ folder. Once this folder is open, click on the computer users name. In this example it is called ‘fruit’.

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Step Four – Show hidden folders

Your file explorer may already be set to show hidden files, so you can skip this step. Any folder that has been set to hidden will be transparent.

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Windows – 8 & 10

If you are using Windows 8 or 10, navigate to the view tab. Under the show/hide tab you will see the option for Hidden items. This needs to be ticked.

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Windows – all versions

Regardless of which version of Windows you are using, there is another way you can show hidden folders.

  1. Open the Options menu
  2. Select the View tab
  3. Scroll till you see the option ‘Hidden files and folders’
  4. Make sure Show hidden files, folders and drives is selectedoptions

Step Five – Open AppData & Local folders

The AppData folder is where information is stored in relation to programs on your computer. Once this is open we need to the local folder. This is data that is stored locally on the computer


localStep Six – Open Microsoft & Office folders

Now that we are in the local folder we need to locate and open the Microsoft folder. This folder manages the data for Microsoft programs.

After this scroll to the folder labelled Office. Open this.



Step Seven – Open UnsavedFiles folder

You will see some files and folders within this folder. Locate the folder labelled UnsavedFiles, double click to open.


Step Eight – Find and open the unsaved file

Almost finished. All you need to do is locate the file that you want. If you had saved it at some point before you lost it, it will have the name that you named it. If the file had not been saved, it will then be labelled as presentation#.

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Step Nine – Save the unsaved file

This is a great trick to help you recover your hard work but don’t forget to save it. You do not want to have to go through this again.



And there we have it. I really hope that this tutorial has helped you the same way it has helped me on plenty of occasions. It really was a simple tutorial but one that will save you countless amounts of hours and work.

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