The graphical guide to export high resolution pictures from PowerPoint


By default, when you save your PowerPoint slides as pictures, the export resolution is 96 dots per inch (dpi). This is a graphical guide to help you change PowerPoint’s export resolution between 50 dpi to as high as 1000 dpi!

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Why increasing PowerPoint’s export resolution is so useful

By default, when you save your PowerPoint slides as pictures, the export resolution is 96 dots per inch (dpi). I do a lot of design work in PowerPoint. Being able to export high quality, high-resolution graphics of at least 300dpi from PowerPoint means that I don’t need to work with complicated graphic software like Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop when I need a quick draw.

Fully illustrated guide to change PowerPoint’s export resolution

There are 3 major steps to perform in this illustrated guide. Step 1 is to open the Windows Registry. In Step 2, you need to search for a particular sub key within the Windows Registry. Don’t worry, it’s fairly easy because there is a convenient search bar. Finally in Step 3, you will create a new Registry Key with your desired export resolution.

Step 1: Open the Windows Registry

1. Exit all Windows-based programs because you will be tweaking the Windows Registry.

2. In Windows 10, go to Start, type regedit in the Search box, and press Enter key (see Figure 1).

Searching for Windows Registry Editor
Figure 1. Searching for regedit.

3. If you see this prompt simply click Yes (see Figure 2).

UAC prompt for Registry Editor
Figure 2. UAC prompt for Registry Editor.

4. You should see the Windows Registry Editor (see Figure 3).

windows registry editor
Figure 3. Registry Editor

Step 2: Locate the correct Registry Subkey in the Windows Registry

1. Select and Copy one of the following Registry Subkeys in the table below, depending on the version of PowerPoint that you’re using.

PowerPoint VersionRegistry Subkey (copy this to the clip board)
PowerPoint 2016, 2019, PowerPoint for Office 365HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\16.0\PowerPoint\Options
PowerPoint 2013HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\PowerPoint\Options
PowerPoint 2010HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\PowerPoint\Options
PowerPoint 2007HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\PowerPoint\Options
PowerPoint 2003HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\PowerPoint\Options

2. Paste the Registry Subkey into the search bar of the Registry Editor. Press Enter key (see Figure 4).

search bar of the registry editor
Figure 4. Search for a Registry Subkey using the search bar

3. You should be able to find the correct Registry Subkey in the Windows Registry (see Figure 5).

The registry subkey has been found.
Figure 5. If you see “Options” that means the correct Registry Subkey has been located.

Step 3: Create a “ExportBitmapResolutionRegistry Key

1. Right click the Options subkey, point to New on the Edit menu, and then click DWORD (32-bit) Value (see Figure 6).

create a new registry key in registry editor
Figure 6. Create a new DWORD(32-bit) Value registry key within a Registry Subkey.

2. Type ExportBitmapResolution, and then press Enter key (see Figure 7).

create exportbitmapresolution key in registry editor
Figure 7. Type in the exact spelling: ExportBitmapResolution. Double check it to be sure.

3. Make sure that ExportBitmapResolution is selected, and then right-click and select Modify on the pop-up menu (see Figure 8).

Modify the ExportBitmapResolution registry key
Figure 8. Modify the ExportBitmapResolution registry key.

4. In the Edit DWORD Value dialog box, select Decimal (see Figure 9).

5. In the Value data box, type the value of the resolution that you want such as 300 (see Figure 9).

Setting the export resolution of PowerPoint
Figure 9. Setting the export resolution of PowerPoint

6. You can choose different export resolutions by using different values in the following table.

Decimal valueDots per inch (dpi)
5050 dpi
96 (default)96 dpi
100100 dpi
150150 dpi
200200 dpi
250250 dpi
300300 dpi

7. You can even key in a value up to 1000 for an export resolution of 1000 dpi!

8. Select OK.

9. On the File menu, select Exit to exit Registry Editor.

How to Export your slides as a picture

1. Open your PowerPoint slide presentation, and then open the slide that you want to export as a picture.

2. On the File menu, select Save As.

3. In the Save as type box, select one of the following picture formats:

  • GIF Graphics Interchange Format (.gif)
  • JPEG File Interchange Format (*.jpg)
  • PNG Portable Network Graphics Format (*.png)
  • TIFF Tag Image File Format (*.tif)
  • Device Independent Bitmap (*.bmp)

4. Select Save. You will be prompted with the following dialog box:

powerpoint export slide dialog box

Select Current Slide Only. The slide is saved in the new format and resolution, in the location that you specified in the Save in box.

5. To verify that the slide is saved in the resolution that you specified, right-click the picture, and then select Properties (see Figure 10).

Figure 10. File properties.

If you need the technical reference from Microsoft, you can get it here.

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