Why save a high resolution picture from a PowerPoint slide, you might ask? Although there are a large number of fairly popular photo editors both as online tools and software applications, they may not be welcomed by a normal user. By a normal user, the reference is to all those individuals not comfortable in using software like Adobe Photoshop and the like. Quite often, you may require mild photo editing with overlay such as placing the company logo on a photo, and then saving it as a high resolution image that can then be used or resized as per requirement. Placing one image on the other is fairly simple and involves just a few drag and drop actions, along with the right use of Bring to Front and Send To Back options from the right click context menu in Microsoft PowerPoint. Saving it in a high quality format is a challenge in its own and hence, this post tells you exactly how to modify a few registry values in your favor. Once you successfully do this one-time customization, you’ll be able to do much more with the standard PowerPoint software.

Although basic photo editing can be carried out using Paint but the environment offers only a limited set of elements and functions. Overlaying multiple images or placing a logo on a photo can not be carried out using Paint (if you think it is possible, do share the tip with us by commenting on this post). Essentially, by following the steps we are about to describe, you will be able to export images and slides in picture format in high resolution. This procedure is applicable on Microsoft PowerPoint 2003, 2007, 2010 and 2013. The default resolution in dots per inches (dpi) for exporting slides as images through PowerPoint is 96dpi while we will show you how to increase that to 300dpi.

Step 1 – Open The Registry Editor

Go to the registry editor by typing ‘regedit’ in the Run dialog box, accessible through the Start Menu or Screen.

Step 2 – Select The Relevant Subkey

Make sure that all Microsoft Office programs are closed before applying this. Then, expand the registry according to the version of PowerPoint installed and the path highlighted below.

PowerPoint 2003 - HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\PowerPoint\Options

PowerPoint 2007 - HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\PowerPoint\Options

PowerPoint 2010 - HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\PowerPoint\Options

PowerPoint 2013 - HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\PowerPoint\Options

Step 3 – Create A New Key

Right click the Options branch from the tree-view on the left and select New> DWORD Value. Type ExportBitmapResolution and press Enter. Double click the new key and enable the Decimal option on the right of the active window and type 300 as the value before pressing Enter. That’s it, right click any image in PowerPoint and select Save as Picture and you’re good to go!


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