Powerpoint Won’t Save (5 Fixes)

PowerPoint is one of the most popular presentation software programs in the world. However, even this program is not without its glitches. One of the most frustrating things that can happen when using PowerPoint is trying to save your work only to receive an error message saying that PowerPoint cannot save the file.

If you’re experiencing this issue, don’t worry – there are a few things you can try to fix the problem.

1. Check If the File is Open Elsewhere

The first thing you should do if PowerPoint won’t save your file is to check if the file is open in another program or location. If the file is open elsewhere, PowerPoint will not be able to save changes to it. You will need to close the file in the other program before you can save changes in PowerPoint

Also, if you have “Preview Pane” enabled in the PowerPoint, consider disabling it, as it might also lead to this problem. Here is how to do this:

1. Go to File Manager.

2. Click View on the File Manager’s top ribbon.

3. Deselect the Preview Pane.

2. Try Saving to a Different Location

If PowerPoint still doesn’t save your file, try saving it to a different location on your computer. Sometimes, certain folders or drives can cause problems when trying to save files. To save to a different location:

1. Open the PowerPoint file. Click the “File” tab on the PowerPoint ribbon.

2. Click “Save As.”

3. In the “Save As” window, change the location where you want to save the file.

4. Click “Save.”

3. Save the Presentation on a New Slide

If you’re still having trouble saving your PowerPoint presentation, try saving it on a new slide. To do this:

1. Click the “File” tab on the PowerPoint ribbon and select “New” > “Blank Presentation.”

2. Now, copy the content of your old presentation. To do so, select a thumbnail of the slide in the old presentation. Then press “CTRL+A” to select all the slides in the file. After that, press “CTRL+C” to copy the content.

3. Paste the content into the new presentation by pressing “Ctrl+V” on your keyboard.

Close the old file without saving it and try to save the new one to see if it works.

4. Check If You Have the Right Permissions

Sometimes, PowerPoint won’t save a file because you don’t have the correct permissions to do so. Especially if the file you are trying to save is read-only, you will be unable to save it. Here is how to save a read-only file:

1. Open the file in PowerPoint.

2. You may see a warning below the PowerPoint ribbon saying that his file is read-only.

3. Click on “Edit Anyway” to continue editing the presentation.

4. Now, try saving the file by going to “File” > “Save” and see if it works.

5. Check if There is Any Corrupted Data

Sometimes, there can be corrupted images, slides, or diagrams in your presentation, which can cause PowerPoint not to save the file. Typically, some variations of image and diagram files can become corrupt. Try to copy-paste the slides, images, and diagrams of the presentation file that you cannot save to a different presentation file.

If you cannot copy-paste it, then it means that the particular data is corrupted, and you will have to delete it.

6. Repair PowerPoint

If all the methods above fail, then the last thing you can try is repairing PowerPoint. This will fix any corrupt or missing files that might be causing the same issue. Here’s how to repair PowerPoint:

1. On a Windows computer, go to Control Panel and select “Programs.”

2. Click on “Programs and Features.”

3. Find “Office 355/ Microsoft 365” in the list of installed programs and click on “Change”.

4. Click on “Quick Repair” and then “Repair”.

If Quick Repair doesn’t work, try “Online Repair” instead and see if it solves the issue.

7. Reinstall PowerPoint

If PowerPoint is still not saving your presentation, then you might have to reinstall the application. This will delete all the files and data related to PowerPoint, so make sure that you have a backup before proceeding. To reinstall PowerPoint:

1. On a Windows computer, go to “Control Panel” > “Uninstall a Program.”

2. Select “Microsoft Office” from the list of installed programs and click on “Uninstall.”

3. Confirm the prompts to uninstall PowerPoint.

Once the process is finished, go to Microsoft’s website to download and install PowerPoint again and see if the issue is fixed.


These are some methods you can use to fix PowerPoint not saving files. Hopefully, one of these solutions will work for you, and you’ll be able to save your presentations without any problems. Do let us know in the comments below which method worked for you. Also, feel free to share any other methods you know to fix this issue.