Let us share with you the hypothetical sad story of the loss of a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation that we had been working on for two weeks for our boss. Everything ended up a nightmare.

We were devastated to lose the results of many hours of work.  It was especially aggravating to lose the presentation that was to highlight the advantages of our product compared to our competitors for potential clients.

The loss could potentially cause not only a scowl from my boss but a lack of interest from prospective customers. A presentation is needed because no one wants to, or ever will, read long and tedious instructions.

PowerPoint presentations explain the most complicated points in understandable terms and tell why our solution would be the best choice.

So, the meeting with your partners was to take place tomorrow. The presentation in Microsoft PowerPoint was ready. We were walking through a speech that was to be given to the customer. We were thinking about how to spend bonuses in case of successful negotiations. But it was not to be. The presentation file would not open.  Therefore, we can forget about our bonuses.

Unfortunately, we did not have advanced IT skills, and could not imagine what one could do without a backup copy of the presentation.

It’s too late to think about it. But you cannot conceive of what a person can do if he/she wants to save his/her sanity and wellbeing. Besides, ideally, we wanted to get a bonus!

So, what we managed to dig up within a short time with the help of Google, like always, were several methods to repair a presentation. Some ways were paid, and some were free. We tried all of them! If you trust that you will be successful, you will triumph. But, before I give you more details about these methods, guess which one among the free methods helped me? Spoiler alert—none!

Of course, the only solution that we would recommend is our online service of data recovery https://powerpoint.recoverytoolbox.com/online/, and the price is $10. Below are possible ways to fix the PowerPoint problem at hand, from easy to more complex.

The First Method—the Easiest One

Copy the Microsoft PowerPoint presentation to another disk and try to open it from there. Why is it needed? That’s easy. Possibly, your HDD (or removable media) contained errors that block the presentation’s access.

When you make a copy, make sure that all attached pictures, videos, and other media files have also been copied to another disk. If, after making a copy, you could open the presentation on the copy disk, then you had an issue with the original, not the presentation itself.  Next, you need to check the disk from Windows and fix all damaged sectors.

The Second Method—As Easy As the First One

Try to open PowerPoint in the safe mode. For this purpose, do the following:

Press Windows + R simultaneously. You will see the Run window. In this window, enter the following command: PowerPoint /safe and click OK. PowerPoint should now open in Safe Mode.

Within the application, try to choose the file on the disk and open it, does it work? If yes, you could have issues in some extensions or presentation settings that block the activity of PowerPoint in the normal mode. Open application settings and search for where the problem is.

The Third Method—a Bit More Complicated

Alternatively, you can also insert separate slides from the damaged presentation into a new file. How does this work?

If you are using PowerPoint 2003 or even older application version, do the following:

  1. Open a clean presentation file in the PowerPoint format,
  2. In the Home tab, choose the following option: Insert – Slides from files,
  3. Use the Slide Finder option and open a corrupted presentation,
  4. Check the box Keep source formatting. It is located in the down lower corner,
  5. Choose Insert all, and
  6. Save the repaired presentation file to a new path.

But, if you are using PowerPoint 2007 or a later version, the algorithm will be as follows:

  1. Open a clean file in the PowerPoint format,
  2. In the Home menu, press New slide and choose Reuse slides,
  3. Click Browse and select a presentation that is not openable typically,
  4. All slides of the damaged presentation will be shown in the right,
  5. Click Keep Source formatting,
  6. Right-click on a slide and choose to Insert all slides, and
  7. Save the recovered presentation file to a new place.

The Fourth Method—Relatively Easy

You can use the inbuilt options for PowerPoint repairing. Yes, yes. Kind uncle Bill from Microsoft knew the issue could happen.

PowerPoint has its own ways of recovery for corrupted presentations. This option could help you if you do the following:

  1. Open the PowerPoint application, choose File and press Open,
  2. Find the damaged presentation and select it,
  3. Press a small arrow, located near the Open key and select Open and Repair, and
  4. Wait for the end of the recovery process.

The Final Method

The inbuilt recovery option of PowerPoint helps in fixing some data corruption issues. Unfortunately, this method is not always efficient, as well. If it did not help, you need to use some heavy artillery. Try by using Recovery Toolbox for PowerPoint.

The application exists in both versions: online and offline.

The online version can be found here: https://powerpoint.recoverytoolbox.com/online/.  This repair option does not require the installation of any software on your local computer. This specific service can probably fix the issue.

The service allows recovering corrupted files in the Microsoft PowerPoint format from any device, not only Windows. It is permitted uploading files for further recovery from any device: computer, tablet, and even smartphone.

Do the following to recover data online:

  1. Follow the link https://powerpoint.recoverytoolbox.com/online/
  2. Choose a file of the PowerPoint format to upload
  3. Enter a correct email address
  4. Provide CAPTCHA
  5. Go to the next stage by clicking the Next step button
  6. Pay the repair service and download the recovered presentation

In the worst case, the system provides a notification about the impossibility to recover. In this case, a payment is not charged. Unlike the online service of data recovery, Recovery Toolbox for PowerPoint application works offline. It supports Windows Operation System only.

The application does not send any data to remote services. All activities are performed offline. For successful file recovery, it does not require the physical Internet connection. After the registration of Recovery Toolbox for PowerPoint, you can repair as many presentations as needed, without limitations. When using the presentation online repair service, users pay for every single recovery session.

To recover data with Recovery Toolbox for PowerPoint need to do the following:

  1. Download Recovery Toolbox for PowerPoint from https://powerpoint.recoverytoolbox.com/
  2. Install Recovery Toolbox for PowerPoint on your computer
  3. Start the application
  4. Choose a corrupted presentation and start the analysis of selected file
  5. Wait for the end of analysis and evaluate the results
  6. Save the recovered presentation to your HDD

Recovery Toolbox for PowerPoint works with PowerPoint presentations created in any version of the application.

Indeed, it is a paid app, but you should sort out priorities correctly.

What is more valuable for you, a $10 for a single successful recovery session, a bit more for a permanent license for Recovery Toolbox for PowerPoint, or BONUSES! It follows that with a successful presentation comes a contract. For is, it’s a no brainer.

By the way, the same setup file of Recovery Toolbox for PowerPoint can be installed on any version of Windows.

So, we hope you to make a wise choice this time, and try to avoid such issues in the future. That’s so easy. All you need to do is regularly make a backup of the most critical documents and then no problem.

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