How to export high resolution images from PowerPoint

07.10.20  •  #PowerPoint #Tip #Export

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Unfortunately PowerPoint can only save slides as images at 96dpi by default. This is too little if you want to print your slides (300dpi is required here) or share them in high quality. However, with this little trick, you can increase the export resolution in Microsoft PowerPoint and thus save images of your slides with up to 1000dpi.


The process consists of two parts:

  1. Using the system registry to change the default resolution setting for exported slides
  2. Save the slide as an image with the new resolution

The first step is a bit more complicated and dives deeper into the system registration, but we will help you and support you at every step with images!



Step 1: Change the export resolution setting


By default, the export resolution of a PowerPoint slide is 96 dots per inch (dpi). To increase the resolution, follow these steps:

Note: Carry out the following steps carefully and calmly. If you change the registry incorrectly, you may experience problems!


  1. Right click on the Start button at the bottom left and then choose Run.

  2. Enter regedit in the text field, then click on OK.

  3. Now a control window appears, where you have to confirm that changes can be made. To do this, click on Yes.

  4. In the now opened window you will see folders that you can expand by clicking on the plus symbol. Don't be irritated by the some weird folder names! Now look for one of the following registry folders, depending on the PowerPoint version you are using (expand the folders in order or enter the path in the navigation text field):

    • PowerPoint 2016, 2019 and PowerPoint for Office 365:

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


    • PowerPoint 2013:

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


    • PowerPoint 2010:

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


    • PowerPoint 2007:

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


    • PowerPoint 2003:

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



  5. Now click on the folder Options, choose Edit > New in the menu bar and then click on DWORD value (32-bit).

  6. Enter ExportBitmapResolution in the text field and press Enter.

  7. Make sure that ExportBitmapResolution entry is selected, then click on Modify in the Edit menu.

  8. In the Edit DWORD value dialog box, select Decimal.

    Search for the desired resolution, e.g. 3000x2250, from the following table and enter the corresponding decimal value (e.g. 300) in the opened window.


  9. Decimal value Full-screen pixels
    (horizontal × vertical)
    Wide-screen pixels
    (horizontal × vertical)
    Dots per Inch (dpi)
    50 500 x 375 667 x 375 50 dpi
    96 (Standard) 960 x 720 1280 x 720 96 dpi
    100 1000 x 750 1333 x 750 100 dpi
    150 1500 x 1125 2000 x 1125 150 dpi
    200 2000 x 1500 2667 x 1500 200 dpi
    250 2500 x 1875 3333 x 1875 250 dpi
    300 3000 x 2250 4000 x 2250 300 dpi
    350 3500 x 2625 4666 x 2625 350 dpi
    400 4000 x 3000 5333 x 3000 400 dpi

    Theoretically you can enter even higher values up to 1000dpi (but only if you use PowerPoint 2013 or later).


  10. Save the setting with OK.
  11. Finally, close the window.


Step 2: Export slides as images

  1. In PowerPoint, open your presentation and then select the slide you want to export.

  2. Go to the File tab.
  3. Now select Save As.
  4. In the file type field, select one of the following image formats:
    • JPEG File Interchange Format (* .jpg)
    • PNG Portable Network Graphics Format (* .png)
    • GIF Graphics Interchange Format (.gif)
    • Device Independent Bitmap (* .bmp)
    • TIFF Tag Image File Format (* .tif)

  5. Select Save. The following dialog box appears:
  6. You can now decide whether you want to export only a specific or all slides of your presentation. The slide will be saved in the selected format and resolution in the location you have just specified.

FAQ

Can you change the DPI (resolution) of exported PowerPoint slides?

Yes you can. However, it's not possible within PowerPoint itself, you need to change a value in the Windows registry. Check this blog post to learn how to change the PowerPoint export resolution.


How to export PowerPoint slides as high resolution images?


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Philipp Angerer

Philipp is a creative supporter at SlideLizard in marketing and design. There he uses his imagination and provides creative freshness, also in blog articles.



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