How to Make Google Slides Portrait

Switch the slide's orientation from landscape

What to Know

  • Open the presentation in Google Slides. Select File > Page setup.
  • Choose the drop-down box that displays Widescreen 16:9 (or a similar horizontal ratio.)
  • Select Custom and swap the numbers listed in the two boxes to rotate the slide to vertical. Choose Apply.

This article explains how to change all the slides in a Google Slides presentation from landscape (horizontal) mode to portrait (vertical) mode. It also includes information on changing the slides back to landscape mode.

How to Change Slide Orientation in Google Slides to Portrait

It only takes a few moments to change the slide orientation on your Google Slides presentation from landscape to portrait. This process changes the orientation for all the slides in the presentation; there's no method for doing it for individual slides. Here's what you need to do to change things around.

  1. Go to https://docs.google.com/ in a web browser. You can't do this on an Android or iOS app.

  2. Click the hamburger icon.

    Google Docs with the hamburger icon highlighted
  3. Click Slides.

    Google Docs with Slides highlighted
  4. Choose the presentation you want to edit.

    Google Slides with presentations highlighted
  5. Click File.

    Google Slides with File menu highlighted
  6. Click Page setup.

    Google Slides with Page Setup highlighted

    You may need to scroll down to see this option.

  7. Click the drop-down box currently displaying Widescreen 16:9.

    Google Slides with Page Setup menu open

    This may be a different size, depending on how your presentation is set up.

  8. Click Custom.

    Google Slides with Custom Page Setup selected
  9. Swap the two numbers listed around to rotate the slide into a vertical position. 

    Google Slides with page setup sizes highlighted

    Want to change the size in a different way? Enter a figure here. We recommend 7.5 inches by 10 inches if you want to create a portrait image that looks good when printed.

  10. Click Apply.

  11. The slide has now been correctly moved to the Portrait perspective.

How to Change Slide Orientation to Landscape

Is your presentation set up for Portrait mode and you're now regretting everything? Don't worry. It's just as simple to change your slides back to Landscape perspective. Here's what to do.

  1. Go to https://docs.google.com/

  2. Click the hamburger icon.

    Google Docs with Hamburger icon highlighted
  3. Click Slides.

    Google Slides highlighted on Google Docs
  4. Choose the presentation you want to edit.

    Google Slides with presentations listed
  5. Click File.

    Google Slides with File highlighted
  6. Click Page setup.

    Google Slides with Page Setup highlighted

    You may need to scroll down to see this option.

  7. Click Custom.

    Google Slides with Page setup options highlighted
  8. Swap the two numbers listed around to rotate the slide into a vertical position. 

    Google Slides with page setup options highlighted

    Want to change the size in a different way? Enter a figure here. We recommend 10 inches by 7.5 inches if you want to create a landscape image that looks good when printed.

  9. Click Apply.

    Google Slides with page setup options highlighted
  10. The slide has now been correctly moved to the Landscape perspective.

When to Use Different Perspectives on Your Presentation

You may be wondering why you need to switch between Portrait and Landscape perspective with your Google Slides presentations. We've looked at a few key reasons why it can be worthwhile doing.

  • Newsletters. If you're creating a newsletter in Google Slides, a portrait view is often far better for reading than landscape. It looks better for everyone and is far easier to hold too if you're printing it out.
  • Different posters. Depending on what you're designing, different posters can look better either in Portrait or Landscape perspective. It's useful to be able to see which looks better for your design.
  • Infographics. Similarly, if you're designing an infographic for your presentation, graphs will look better in Landscape while more text heavy results will look better in Portrait.
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