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)

advanced

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)

 

hardware

 

Step 5:

Click OK to confirm

 

Step 6:

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