How To Stop Powerpoint From Compressing Images

When you’re preparing an impactful PowerPoint presentation, the quality of your images can make a significant difference. Unfortunately, you might often notice that your high-resolution images don’t look quite the same once you’ve inserted them into your PowerPoint presentation. This is because PowerPoint compresses images to save space and improve performance. While this feature can be helpful in some situations, it can also be a frustration when it reduces the quality of your images.

So, how can you stop PowerPoint from compressing images and maintain their original quality? In this guide, we take you through the step-by-step process.

Step 1: Open PowerPoint Options

Firstly, navigate to the ‘File’ tab on the top left corner of PowerPoint. From the drop-down menu, select ‘Options’. This will open the PowerPoint Options dialog box.

Step 2: Click on Advanced

In the PowerPoint Options dialog box, navigate to the ‘Advanced’ tab located on the left-hand side. This section covers all the advanced settings that PowerPoint has to offer. Here, you will find options related to image size and quality.

Step 3: Disable Image Compression

Once you are in the ‘Advanced’ tab, scroll down to the ‘Image Size and Quality’ section. Click on the checkbox next to ‘Do not compress images in file’. By selecting this option, you are instructing PowerPoint not to compress any images that are added to your presentation.

File > Options > Advanced > Image Size and Quality > Do not compress images in file

After checking the box, make sure to select the specific presentation that you want this rule to apply to. Alternatively, you can choose ‘All New Documents’, which will apply this setting to all future PowerPoint presentations you create.

Step 4: Set Default Resolution

While you’re in the ‘Image Size and Quality’ section, it’s also a good idea to set the default resolution for your images. This option is located right below the ‘Do not compress images in file’ checkbox. Set it to ‘High fidelity’, which is the highest quality option available.

Step 5: Save Changes

Finally, click ‘OK’ to save these changes. Now, when you insert an image into your PowerPoint presentation, it will maintain its original quality without being compressed.

Remember that disabling image compression might increase the file size of your PowerPoint presentation. So, if disk space or sharing your presentation is a concern, you might want to consider compressing individual images independently using a photo editing tool to strike a balance between quality and file size.

We hope this guide was useful and helps you show off your images in the best quality possible on PowerPoint.