Why is PowerPoint Text Blurry? [How to Fix It]

You have worked on your PowerPoint and made sure everything is perfect. But as you go to present, you realize that some of the text is blurry. What happened? How did the text become blurry when you made sure everything was correct?

There could be many reasons why the text has become blurry. It could be the resolution settings, maybe some of the text isn’t supported, or something else. Either way, this can be quite frustrating!

Here is everything you should consider to find the solution to why your text is blurry and what you need to do about it.

Why is PowerPoint Text Blurry?

Your text is blurry on your PowerPoint, and you aren’t sure why. There could be a few reasons, and here are some of those:

  1. The font is not supported.
  2. It may be the image.
  3. It is how you downloaded it.
  4. The resolution setting.

The great thing about all these reasons is that you can check these in a matter of minutes and don’t have to spend hours figuring out why your text is blurry.

The Font Is Not Supported

The font may not be supported. This means it cannot be vectorized correctly, causing the text to become blurry. This often happens when it is a unique text that you may not find with other programs.

It could also be a font limitation which is an HTML5 issue. Meaning you will need to publish it to the web rather than through HTML5.

It May Be The Image

If the text is on an image you downloaded, it could be the image itself. You may have downloaded an image that cannot be inserted into your PowerPoint with clear resolution, or it is the type of image it is.

The image could be too large, or it could be too small. You can check the details of the image and see what it could be. Sometimes if an image is too small and you try to make it larger, it will cause the text to become blurry. If this is the case, you may want to look for a new image.

How You Downloaded It

PowerPoints can be downloaded in various ways. You can make it a PowerPoint document, publish it on the web, or download it as a PDF file. There are other ways as well, but these are the most popular forms.

Depending on how you download the document, certain texts may not carry over or be supported. This can cause your text to become blurry. 

The Resolution Settings

The resolution setting can be affecting the text in two different ways. One, you may have the resolution setting set too low, so the pixels look blurry, and your text is difficult to read. This can happen when you are using default settings.

The second way is that your resolution for your PowerPoint is higher than whatever is displaying your text. Whether it is a program or a computer, if its highest resolution is lower than what you saved the document, it can cause this obstruction of the text.

How To Fix Blurry Text

Depending on what the reason is for your text will determine how you should fix your blurry text. Here are the multiple solutions.

The Font Is Not Supported

If the font is not supported, you can change the publishing destination from HTML5 to the web, as noted before. If you don’t want to take that route, you can simply change the text font to something that can be supported across programs.

You can choose from text fonts like Arial or Times New Roman, one of the most common text fonts. Most, if not all, programs support this type of text.

It May Be The Image

When it is the image, you will need to search for another similar and larger image, so you don’t have to resize it, or you will need to pick a different file format. 

If you can’t find a file format that best fits your PowerPoint slide, you can always convert the image to a different file. One of the best files to convert it to is JPEG. This helps keep the image quality and will be easy to insert into your PowerPoint since JPEG is the most commonly used.

How You Downloaded It

If you are transferring your PowerPoint from one computer to the next, one of the best ways to download your document is as a PDF. It protects the original document, including the texts within it, so you are less likely to see any blurriness.

The Resolution Setting

Instead of figuring out how to adjust the resolution setting, one of the easier ways to fix this is simply downloading the document as a PDF file, and your document should be easy to read. If you don’t want to do that, here are the steps to fixing the resolution:

  1. Go to File and then click on Options.
  2. Select “Advanced” and then go down to “Display.”
  3. Scroll to the bottom.
  4. Find the unchecked box that reads, “Use subpixel positioning to smooth fonts on-screen.”
  5. Check the box.

Once you check the box, the program should fix any blurriness within your PowerPoint.


Having blurry text within your PowerPoint can be frustrating, especially when it doesn’t seem that way when you input the information. Follow these steps to figure out what is causing this problem so you can fix it quickly.