How To Change Slide Orientation in PowerPoint 2013

PowerPoint 2013 has introduced some very fine presentation features, including the support for Widescreen presentations. In a previous post we discussed Widescreen support in PowerPoint 2013 and also provided some Widescreen PowerPoint Templates. This time we will show you how to change the orientation of your PowerPoint 2013 slides and the various methods by which you can ensure that your slide orientation does not get messed up during presentations.

Slide Orientation in PowerPoint 2013

Changing Your Slide Orientation in PowerPoint 2013

By default, the orientation for PowerPoint 2013 slides in Standard (4:3), however, you can change it to the Widescreen (16:9) or a Custom Slide Size by going to Design (tab) –> Customize –> Slide Size.

Changing Your Slide Orientation in PowerPoint 2013

How To Set A Custom Slide Size

While you can switch between a Widescreen or Standard slide size in a click, a custom size can also be used with various options. As you can see from the below screenshot, the Custom Slide Size provides very specific options to pick the width and height for your slides, as well as an option to select which slides should be displayed with the custom size.

How To Set A Custom Slide Size

You can see more customization sizes from the Slide Size For drop down menu. It is worth pointing out that changing your slide size to a custom size may cause issues during the slideshow, especially if the monitor that your are using does not support a specific kind of resolution. It is advised to test out your presentation slideshow on the monitor that is to be used, before the presentation begins.

Custom Slide Options

Maximize And Ensure Fit

When you switch to a different slide size (e.g. from Widescreen to Standard or a Custom Slide Size) you are likely to see a prompt asking you to either scale the slide size to the maximum or to scale it to ensure that it fits the new slide size. Choose your option very carefully as a wrong option can end up ruining the look of your slideshow.

Maximize And Ensure Fit

It is always good to use readymade templates to make sure that the content is properly scaled and appropriately managed for you beforehand. You can find such templates from our collection of PowerPoint Templates and PowerPoint 2013 Templates.

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