PowerPoint not playing video on second monitor or projector?

The problem

Are you experiencing a problem when playing videos embedded in a PowerPoint slide when connected to a separate screen or projector? This is most likely to occur after a recent Windows/Office update.  


The Solution

The problem is most likely caused by MS Office update changing your default PowerPoint settings.

Follow these simple steps to get the videos playing again on your presentations:


Step 1:

In PowerPoint, click on the File menu and then “Options


Step 2:

On the Options menu, select “Advanced” (see screenshot below)


Step 3:

On the Advanced Options screen, scroll down until you see “Display” settings


Step 4:

In the Display settings section tick the box labelled “Disable Hardware Graphics Acceleration” (see screenshot below)




Step 5:

Click OK to confirm


Step 6:

Test your video on a second monitor or projector and all should be working fine.