There’s nothing more embarrassing than starting your presentation with a delay caused by a technical problem. It can immediately throw you off and make your audience restless. To avoid unnecessary delays, consider the following tips to help you start on the right foot and speed up your PowerPoint.

Change Performance Settings

Adjust your graphics accelerator in PowerPoint. A graphics accelerator is a video adaptor that contains its own processor to increase performance levels.

Click File > Options > Advanced in the left pane of the PowerPoint Options dialog box.
Under Display, check that the “disable hardware graphics acceleration” is not selected.


Check your Hardware

See whether there is enough free disk space on your computer for PowerPoint to run successfully.

Click Start > Windows Administrative Tools > Disk Clean-Up.


Clean TEMP Folder

Too many files in your TEMP folder results in PowerPoint and other programs to slow down significantly. Delete excess files in your TEMP folder to speed up your PowerPoint presentations.
Before you begin, exit all programs.

Click Start > Windows System > Run.
In the Open box, type %temp% > Click OK.
Then delete the excess files in the folder.


Disable Live Preview

Live preview is a PowerPoint feature that shows the result of action before you select it; i.e. changing a colour, font, inserting a picture, etc. This is a helpful feature but can drain performance.

In PowerPoint, click File > Options > General >deselect Enable Live Preview.


Modify Media Files

To make our presentations more visually stimulating, we try to use as many beautiful graphics as we can. While this is important, inserting files that are too large can delay your PowerPoint. You can improve performance and save disk space by compressing media files. Resizing animated graphics and text can also help speed up performance.


After speeding up the performance of your PowerPoint, why not check out our guide to reducing PowerPoint file size to get even more efficiency and speed from your presentation. Download it here