How to Export High-Resolution Images from PowerPoint

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So, you've designed some awesome slides. Now you want to see how to export those slides as images, and want to make sure that they come out looking great.

Don't worry, I got you covered.

Today, we're going to configure your PowerPoint software (no matter what version it is) so that we can only export high-resolution images (or, as they're most commonly known, 'high-quality images').

VIDEO TUTORIAL

How You Can Export HD Images in PowerPoint

Having trouble? Don't worry, I have a section in this post that'll help you!

Let's Explain This Just a Little More

By default, when you save your PowerPoint slides as an image, it comes out pretty crappy. There's a reason for this.

PowerPoint is configured to export images at 96 Dots Per Inch (or DPI). This forces your pictures to be exported at awful resolutions like 960×720 or 1280×720. And these awful resolutions are what lead to your ugly pictures.

But don't worry.

What we are going to do is configure PowerPoint to export images at 300 DPI instead. This way, PowerPoint will export only high-resolution images. We're talking resolutions like 3000×2250 or 4000×2250!

Why High-Resolution Images Matter

When it comes to image quality, you have to use high-resolution images. They're bright, crisp, and bursting with color.

On the other hand, a low-resolution image will lead to your slides turning out blurry, grainy and pixelated.

So, unless you want to look unprofessional, there's absolutely no reason for you to export low-resolution images.

The Drawback to Exporting HD Images

Keep in mind there is a caveat when you're exporting crystal clear images, and it's this: The higher an image's resolution is, the bulkier the total file size will be.

Therefore, It's important to be aware of how much space your pictures are taking up just in case you plan on doing something with them later (like sending them to somebody via email and going over the file size limit).

The Tutorial's Easy, but a Little Technical

Although this video tutorial is straightforward, you may run into a few issues if you're not technically savvy. As such, it's imperative that you follow every single step I make on the video shown above.

For convenience's sake, the file directory listed in the video tutorial is this:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\[16.0 or 15.0 or 14.0 or 12.0 or 11.0 depending on the software you have]\PowerPoint\Options

Having Issues?

"I'm a Mac User, so how can I do this on my device?"

There's another technique you can follow if you're on a Mac, but you have to be using Mac's version of Office 365 (or at least PowerPoint 2016 and beyond). If you are, read on. If you're not, then I'm sorry, I think you're out of luck.

When using Office 365's version of PowerPoint on a Mac, you can set the size of the image file by typing in the image size -- say 1920x1080 -- in the export menu window. Do that and you're golden.

"I don't see an Office folder under Microsoft when I'm looking at my Registry Editor. What do I do now?"

Good question. I've done some research and found that this is usually the case when users bought a device with Microsoft Office already pre-installed, particularly with Office 365.

As far as I know, the only solution around this is to reset your registry settings. But don't worry, Microsoft has an easy guide and fix for that. Yes, it's a Word guide, but it still works.

Once you've done that, go back and do the same steps I did. It should work for you then.

"I've done everything you've done in the video and it doesn't work."

It's more than likely that you made a typo along the way. Just follow the instructions again and see if it works.

"I've redone everything and it STILL doesn't work"

If you feel you've done EVERYTHING right and still aren't seeing results, then try reinstalling your software.

If that doesn't work, then I encourage you to contact Microsoft because something's off.

References

Check out Microsoft's tutorial on how to do everything explained in this post right here.

Yousef "Yoyo" Abu Ghaidah

Yousef "Yoyo" Abu Ghaidah

Yousef "Yoyo" Abu Ghaidah is a PowerPoint ninja that founded Slide Cow, a learning platform for all things PowerPoint, presentations and public speaking. When he's not designing slides or giving presentations, he's on another coffee run.
  • Hello, I can’t find the menu “options”. I use Office 365. PLEASE I need help right now to finish my thesis, THANKS

  • Great work! I didn’t know you could do this with PowerPoint. You just saved me from a lot of low-res aggravation!

  • Hi! I have a question…I have Windows 10 and the current version of Powerpoint, but once I got to the “Office” folder stage, I could not continue with your instructions–my “Office” folder only contains three folders: Common, Outlook, and Word…none of which contains numbered folders like yours does. There is actually NO Powerpoint folder anywhere in my “Microsoft” folder; it’s weird. Is there a reason for this or another way to continue with your instructions? Thanks!

  • Hi Leslie!

    Good question. It sounds like your registry settings need to be reset. I linked a guide towards the bottom of the post to help you do that. Did you check that out?

  • This only works when you save the entire slide as image but what if you want to save a group of elements as picture (after selecting all elements, right click and then “save as picture”)?

  • I’m not sure there’s a way PowerPoint can do that, to be honest. But you could try bringing those grouped elements into a new slide and take it from there?

  • I have Office 365. When I click on your link, “Microsoft has an easy guide and fix for that”, it opens a new tab that is the EXACT same article: “How to Export High-Resolution Images from PowerPoint”.

    Please help.

  • thanks! you just made me trow PS to the recicle bin (im an architect and i love to edit my views on PP) the final quality of .jpg was my ultimate downside of PP till now

  • how do i get an imaged saved at high res and not the slide or have the slide with no background?

  • I’m suffering the same issue: the regedit trick works for saving the whole presentation or slides as images, but not for a specific object or group of objects. I mean a part of the slide.
    In those cases, after digging deeply in the web, the only two options are:
    a) right click on your group, save image as, and the image will be 150 ppi. No way to fix this.
    b) with the regedit trick, save the whole slide as image, then you’ll get a large image at 300 ppi. Open this image with photoshop or other image editor and crop the slide to the dimmensions of your group. What you’ll get is an image with twice the resolution (i.e. 300 ppi), and consecuently twice the horizontal pixel number.

  • Just want to say thanks for this! I am not techy at all but was able to follow your instructions. Image looks worlds better!

  • I have a subscription to Office 365, so when I open the Office 16.0 folder, there is not PowerPoint folder. Help?

  • I just used folder 16.0 for Office 365 and it worked perfectly. Even tried to increase the resolution to 600dpi, since I had designed a photo collage I wanted to export and print – beautiful!

    Thank you for the great how-to guide!

  • Hi,

    I believe I had preinstalled Microsoft as you described. I followed your link to Microsoft’s “easy fix” but the download link they provided at the start of the article does not work and comes up with an error. How can I reset the registry settings so that I can follow your method? Is there any other way?

  • Hey Hasan. Could you try getting in touch with Microsoft to see what’s going on?

  • With PPT for Mac you can actually choose the outpt resolution in the save box, why the PC version doesn’t have this is beyond belief

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