Configuring Powerpoint to Output at 300 DPI

How to configure Powerpoint to up the resolution of it's output from the default 96 DPI to print ready 300 DPI.


By default, Microsoft PowerPoint exports graphics at 96 DPI resolution. This may be fine for current screen displays but is not up to the 300 DPI resolution required for use on Print on Demand (POD) paperback covers. As a result, the first thing we must do is modify PowerPoint to output graphics at 300 DPI. Oddly enough, this doesn’t simply involve setting a menu value. Instead, we’ll be editing the Windows registry to reconfigure PowerPoint.

This chapter concludes with detailed examples and exercises which I encourage you to review and complete before moving forward to the next chapter.

Configuring PowerPoint to Export 300 DPI JPEG Images

By default, PowerPoint exports images at 96 dpi resolution. You should configure your version of PowerPoint to export at 300 dpi resolution before using it to create book covers.

The following Microsoft Support post outlines the steps you need to perform to upgrade the export resolution of your particular version of PowerPoint:

The video lecture at the bottom of this article leads you through the process of upgrading the export resolution of Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 running on PC Windows 8.1.

  1. On Windows 10, open the Start menu in the lower-left hand corner of the screen and type “run”.
  2. Double click on the Run app.
  3. When prompted, run the application “regedit”.

Configuring Microsoft Powerpoint 2016 for 300 DPI Output

The process is exactly the same for setting each version of PowerPoint, you simply need to choose the correct directory:

  • 14.0 - PowerPoint 2010
  • 15.0 - PowerPoint 2013
  • 16.0 - PowerPoint 2016
  • Simply choose the appropriate directory while in 'regedit' and all the rest is the same.