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Error: "Memory was too full to draw everything..." or Red X in PowerPoint 98/2001 Mac


You get a "Memory was too full" error when PowerPoint tries to display a page or you see Red X icons where graphics or charts should be.


Usually this is a symptom of insufficient memory allocation to PowerPoint.

Fortunately, this problem no longer exists in PowerPoint X since OS X has dynamic memory allocation. This problem is quite easy to fix if you have an adequate amount of RAM on your computer.

First, locate the Microsoft Office folder, then click on the "Microsoft PowerPoint" application icon.

Go to File -> Get Info -> Memory.

Change the "Preferred" size to at least 20000K (about 20 MB). You can allocate even more for better performance if you have lots of RAM.


PowerPoint displays the Red X icon when it can't display a graphic for some reason. See RED X instead of graphics for more information (from a Windows point of view).

Search terms:Red X,memory,full

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Error: "Memory was too full to draw everything..." or Red X in PowerPoint 98/2001 Mac
Last update 07 June, 2011