9 Important Manual Techniques to Repair the Corrupted MS PowerPoint Files

PowerPoint (PPT) is an important part of Microsoft Office application, which is mainly used for business or educational presentations. It consists different items such as text, images, graphs, videos, etc. PPT file can be viewed by MS PowerPoint, PowerPoint Viewer or Open Office application. It is very annoying, if you’ve spent your sufficient time to prepare the presentation, but at the end you lost your file or your file gets corrupted. On this blog you will see the different manual process to repair and access the highly corrupted or lost data.

Manual steps to repair corrupted PPT files

Note: To protect your PPT file(s) from any type of data loss, I recommend you to turn on the AutoRecover or AutoSave feature.

Learn how to protect PPT file from data loss.

Method 1: If the PPT not accessed due to corruption in the MS Office program:

MS Office 2010/2013:

Step 1: Click on Start button and then Control Panel -> Uninstall a Program.

Step 2: Here, you will see list of different software. You just need to search Microsoft office 2010 or 2013. Once find then click on it and then Change.

Step 3: In a new dialog box, select Repair and then click on Continue.

Step 4: After completion of repairing process, exit the box and restart the system. Now, check the repaired file.

MS Office 2007:

Step 1: Go to Start -> All Programs -> Microsoft Office -> Microsoft Office Tools -> Microsoft Office Diagnostics.

Step 2: In Microsoft Office Diagnostics, click on Continue -> Run Diagnostics.

Step 3: After running the diagnostics, click on Continue. A web browser will load with Microsoft’s recommendations and then resolve the issue.


Method 2: By using Data Migration

 PowerPoint 2010 / 2007

Step 1: First of all, open a blank presentation in the MS PowerPoint and then save it.

Step 2: Now, click on Home and select Reuse Slides under the New Slide drop down option.

Step 3: Click Browse button and choose the Browse File.

Step 4: Then, locate your previous (original) PowerPoint file and click Open.

Step 5: Select Keep source formatting checkbox, at the bottom of Reuse Slides panel.

Step 6: Right click the first slide in the Reuse Slides panel and then choose the Insert All Slides. Save the PPT and republish it.

Note:  All the resources (audio, video, etc.), which is inserted via Articulate Presenter will need to insert again in new presentation.

PowerPoint 2003 or earlier

Step 1: In MS PowerPoint 2003 or earlier version, first open a blank presentation.

Step 2: Go to Insert menu and click Slides from Files.

Step 3: Browse original PowerPoint file (which shows an error), in the Slide Finder dialog box.

Step 4: Mark in front of Keep source formatting check box and click Insert All. Now, save presentation and republish it.


Method 3: By using Document Recovery task pane in MS PowerPoint.

Step 1: First, open PowerPoint and click home page to find Document Recovery task pane.

Step 2: In the Available files list, click a drop-down list (check the figure below). Her, you will see 4 options i.e:

  • Click Open option to review the recovered version of the file.
  • Click Save Asoption to rename and create a new version of the file.
  • Click Deleteoption to delete any recovered version(s) of the file.
  • The Show Repairs

document recovery task pane

Step 3: Save and keep the recovered file that you want.

Note: It is not always necessary that the Document Recovery task pane appears and hence, it is not applicable in all cases.


Method 4: By using Safe Mode in the System

 Step 1: Click Start button and open Run.

Step 2: Type “C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\your MS office version\Powerpoint.exe” /safe” and then press OK.

Step 3: Restart system, during restart press long F8 to start windows in Safe Mode.

Step 4: Open and see your presentation.


Method 5: By using TMP files, you can repair your MS PPT file(s)

TMP file is a temporary file in a system, which store backup of system’s file. If any PPT file gets corrupted then you can locate the TEMP file and then restore the corrupted PowerPoint file back.
Note: Do only, if you are technical person or well know about the computer system.

Step 1: Click Start and in the search box type *.TEMP.

Step 2: Click either Local hard Drivers or My Computer in the Look in list and click Search.

Step 3: Once you will find the TMP files, click on Data Modified.

Step 4: Open PPT, and click on File -> Open.

Step 5: Select “All Files” from Files of Types and navigate folder where the TMP file located.

Step 6: Click on TMP file and open.


Method 6:

Step 1: Open MS PowerPoint 2010, click on File -> Options.

Step 2: After that you will see the PowerPoint Options dialog box. In the left side slider bar, click on Save option and check the AutoRecover file location.

Step 3: Copy the file location path and the close the PowerPoint Options dialog box.

Step 4: Now, click File -> Options. An Open dialog box, paste the copied folder path above the dialog box (see the figure below) to see all files and folders in that location.

paste the autorecover file location

Step 5: In below the Open dialog box, select the “All Files” option from the dropdown list.

to check drop downlist

Step 6: This selection, will show all the .temp, .pptx and other ppt related files. Open and repair the file.


Method 7:

Step 1: Open MS PowerPoint, click on File -> Info to get to Backstage view.

Step 2: Here, choose the Manage Versions option and from the drop-down menu, choose Recover Unsaved Presentations.

Step 3: Above step, will display the Open dialog box. Select the file and open it.

Step 4: Once the file open, you will see the yellow strip above the page and click Save As. Select the location where you want to save the file.

Step 5: In Manage Versions drop down menu, select Delete All Unsaved Presentation to delete all recent copies of unsaved PPT.


Method 8: By using MS Word or other programs.

Try to open the corrupt PPT file in MS Word, OpenOffice Impress or any other program. This method may recover the text part of your corrupted data.


Method 9: By moving PPT to new location

Try to repair PPT file(s) by moving the corrupted file in new location. Just copy and paste the file.

Unluckily, if you are not able to repair your corrupted or lost PPT back then use any third party MS PowerPoint Recovery Tool. Such tool helps you to repair your all types of presentation files in a quick possible time.


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