How To Change Slide Orientation in PowerPoint

Last updated on November 10th, 2022

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

How to Change your presentation slide orientation in PowerPoint? Step by step:

By default, the orientation for PowerPoint 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.

How to Change Slide Orientation in PowerPoint
How to Change Slide Orientation in PowerPoint

How to change Landscape to Portrait in PPT

I you want to change from a landscape slide format to portrait in a PowerPoint presentation, you can do this from Design -> Slide Size -> Custom Slide Size option. Then, a new dialog window will appear where you can choose the Slide orientation. Here you will see two options, Portrait and Landscape.

Change a PowerPoint slide to Portrait
Change a PowerPoint slide to Portrait

Make sure to choose Portrait under Slides section. Once you click OK to confirm the change, you will see the slide with a vertical layout. Of course, you can also configure the slide size (width and height) if required.

Example of Portrait Slide Size in PowerPoint

Why you may bother about making the slides vertical? Vertical slides, also known as portrait format, are very useful for creating different kind of visual contents, such as Infographics in PowerPoint, banners for social media (Instagram, Tiktok) or even banners for digital marketing campaigns. You can also use the portrait mode in PowerPoint to create vertical presentations and images for digital signage.

How to change Portrait to Landscape in PowerPoint

Converserly, to change the slide format from portrait to landscape, you can follow the same steps but choosing Landscape as the option. Here we can see how to make this change in PowerPoint.

Example How to change Portrait to Landscape in PowerPoint - Animated video

How to set a custom slide size for your presentation?

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.

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.

Pre-defined slide sizes in PowerPoint
Pre-defined slide sizes in PowerPoint

What is better to use Maximize or 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.

What is better to use maximize or ensure fit? The answer will depend on how you have the graphics and text shapes in your presentation.

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 free PowerPoint Templates.

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