A graduate student we know says it’s much easier to use PowerPoint to create and display complex illustrations than using Photoshop. But PowerPoint automatically lowers the resolution of your photos and other images. Not good. However, there is a way to change that. That’s good.PowerPoint

 The solution turns out to be simple. When you go to save your PowerPoint slide, instead of choosing “save,” choose “compress pictures” instead. Then uncheck the box that says “automatically perform basic compression.” Then your images will be in high resolution.

 If you don’t want to have to do this every time, Microsoft.com has an article about tweaking your computer’s registry to make a higher resolution, such as 300 dots per inch, your default. The standard default for PowerPoint is a wimpy 96 dpi (dots per inch). Why do they do that? Because it takes up less memory and appears on the screen faster; high resolution pictures often take a few seconds to come in. Finding the full Microsoft instructions is something of a trial, so as usual we made a shortened address to get there: tinyurl.com/powerpointfix. If you think that’s bad, you should see the original.

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