How to Specify Monitor Resolution for a Slide Show in Microsoft PowerPoint

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In Brief...

You can specify the resolution of the monitor you are presenting your slide show on based on the configuration you are working with. To configure slide show resolution, follow these four steps.

This feature works the same in all modern versions of Microsoft PowerPoint: 2010, 2013, and 2016.


  1. Select the Slide Show tab.

  2. From the Set Up group, select Set Up Slide Show.
    Select Set Up Slide Show

  3. In the Multiple monitors section, from the Slide show monitor drop-down list, select Primary Monitor.
    Select Primary Monitor

  4. From the Resolution drop-down list, select a resolution and then click OK.
    Resolution Drop-down List

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