How to change resolution of PowerPoint Presentation when creating it

When preparing a PowerPoint presentation, the resolution must sync along with monitors display or projector resolution. If resolutions do not appropriately set, the whole experience becomes slow. In this post, I will show how you can change the resolution of PowerPoint Presentation when you create it. It works with Office 365, Office 2019, 2017, and 2016.

How to change the resolution of PowerPoint Presentation when creating it

The problem occurs especially with the images. Say, for example, the photos are of resolution 1024 X 768, and the computer has 800 X 600. While running the slide show, it will take a toll on the system and make it a little slower. The option lets you set up a resolution for PowerPoint when you export it.

1] In the earlier version of Microsoft Office

In the previous versions of Office, there used to be a direct option to setup resolution. However, now you have the option to choose DPI. If you are using an older version of Office, follow the method below:

  1. Make a new slide show or open an existing one.
  2. Now click on Slide Show on the menu.
  3. In the slideshow menu, you will see Monitors, which is the last item.
  4. In this, you get an option as Resolution.
  5. You have the option to set from 640 X 480 to 1024 X 768.
  6. If you are going to show it on the same machine, choose the last option which says, Use Current Resolution.

Change PowerPoint Resolution

It is also useful when you are planning to give a presentation on where resolution is high, All you need is change the resolution here and select show on a projector, and you are done.

2] Office 365 PowerPoint

Change Resolution of PowerPoint Presentation

  1. Click on File > Options > Advanced > Image Size and Quality
  2. Change default resolution to the one you want. I have given the DPI and resolution combination below.
  3. Once you save, it becomes the default resolution.
Decimal value Full-screen pixels (horizontal × vertical) Widescreen pixels (horizontal × vertical) Dots per inch (horizontal and vertical)
50 500 × 375 667 × 375 50 dpi
96 (default) 960 × 720 1280 × 720 96 dpi
100 1000 × 750 1333 × 750 100 dpi
150 1500 × 1125 2000 × 1125 150 dpi
200 2000 × 1500 2667 × 1500 200 dpi
250 2500 × 1875 3333 × 1875 250 dpi
300 3000 × 2250 4000 × 2250 300 dpi

Here is how you can add more if you find any of them missing in different versions of Office PowerPoint.

  1. Locate one of the following registry subkeys, depending on the version of PowerPoint that you’re using:PowerPoint 2016

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\16.0\PowerPoint\Options

    PowerPoint 2013

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\PowerPoint\Options

    PowerPoint 2010

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\PowerPoint\Options

    PowerPoint 2007

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\PowerPoint\Options

    PowerPoint 2003

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\PowerPoint\Options

  2. Click the Options subkey, point to New on the Edit menu, and then click DWORD Value.
  3. Type ExportBitmapResolution, and then press Enter.
  4. Make sure that ExportBitmapResolution is selected, and then click Modify on the Edit menu.
  5. In the Edit DWORD Value dialog box, select Decimal.
  6. In the Value data box, type the value of the resolution that you want, such as 300. Or, use the parameters in the above table.

Now you will never have any problem even if the computer has a different resolution. Read our tips on giving a presentation on the dual monitor.

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About Ashish Mohta

A Professional Tech blogger, Editor and Writer who talks about solving day to day problems of people who use computer. His expertise are in Windows 7, Microsoft Office, Software, Mobile Apps and Video Posts.

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