How do I improve the performance of PowerPoint for Mac 2011?

If you’re experiencing performance issues with PowerPoint for Mac 2011, try some of these performance optimization tips.

Performance Area

Tip

Additional Steps

Shape Effects

Minimize your use of effects, such as blur, shadow, and reflections.

3D Animations

Minimize your use of 3D animations, such as Swivel, Spinner, Bounce, Zoom, etc.

Images

Reduce the size of your images by compressing it.

Follow these steps to compress an image:

  1. Select the image, then click on the Format Picture tab.

  2. Click Compress.

  3. Select Best for viewing on screen (150 ppi).

  4. Check Remove cropped picture regions (default), and select All pictures in this file (default).

  5. Click OK.

Note:  If the performance is still an issue try decreasing the Picture Quality to Best for sending in e-mail (96 ppi).

Audio and Video Formats

PowerPoint 2011 uses QuickTime to play audio and video, so use the formats supported by QuickTime.

For movies, use one of these formats:

  • QuickTime Movie (.mov)

  • MPEG-4 (.mp4, .m4v)

  • MPEG-2 (OS X Lion or later)

  • MPEG-1

  • 3GPP

  • 3GPP2

  • AVCHD (OS X Mountain Lion only)

  • AVI

  • DV

For audio, use one of these formats:

  • iTunes Audio (.m4a, .m4b, .m4p)

  • MP3

  • Core Audio (.caf)

  • AIFF

  • AU

  • SD2

  • WAV

  • SND

  • AMR  

Fonts

Reduce the number of fonts used in your presentation.

Note:  Performance may degrade if you have multiple languages in your presentation, such as English and Japanese.

PowerPoint formats

Use the newer PowerPoint format that has the file extension - .pptx, .ppsx, and .potx.

The newer format enables the app to open, edit and save files faster than the earlier formats (.ppt, .pps, and .pot).

Other

Reduce the number of PowerPoint windows open.

Close other apps that are running on your computer.

Close and reopen PowerPoint.

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