How to Change PowerPoint Slide Orientation

Change orientation first so elements don't drop off the slide

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PowerPoint lays out the slides in a landscape orientation by default, meaning the slides are wider than they are tall. However, there are times when you may prefer your slides to show in a portrait orientation with the slides taller than they are wide. This is a relatively easy change to make, and there are several ways to do this, depending on which version of PowerPoint you use.

Make the change in a slide's orientation before you lay it out. Otherwise, you may have to reorganize the work you've already done to prevent elements from dropping off the screen.

Office 365 PowerPoint

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Office 365 versions of PowerPoint for PC and Mac follow this process to change the orientation of your slides:

  1. In the Normal view, click the Design tab and select Slide Size.
  2. Click Page Setup.
  3. Use the buttons in the Orientation section to select a vertical orientation or enter dimensions in the Width and Height fields.
  4. Click OK to see the slides change to a vertical orientation.

This change applies to all the slides in the presentation.

Powerpoint 2016 and 2013 for Windows

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To change from landscape to portrait slide orientation in Powerpoint 2016 and 2013 for Windows follow these steps:

  1. Click the View tab and then click Normal.
  2. Click the Design tab, select Slide Size in the Customize group, and click on Custom Slide Size.
  3. In the Slide Size dialog box, select Portrait.
  4. At this point, you can either click Maximize, which maximizes the use of the available slide space; or you can click Ensure fit, which makes sure that your slide content fits on the vertical portrait orientation. 

Powerpoint 2010 and 2007 for Windows

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Follow these steps to change from landscape to portrait slide orientation in Powerpoint 2010 and 2007 for Windows:

  1. Click on the Design tab, and in the Page Setup group, click Slide Orientation.
  2. Click Portrait.

Mac PowerPoint versions prior to Office 365

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To change the page orientation from landscape to portrait in all versions of PowerPoint on your Mac released before Office 365 (e.g., Office: mac 2011, 2007, etc.):

  1. Click the File menu item at the top. tab and select Slide Size.
  2. Click Page Setup.
  3. In the Orientation section of Page Setup dialog box, across from Slides, click the Portrait orientation. As an alternative, you can select custom dimensions in the Size section, making the height greater than the width.
  4. Click OK.  

PowerPoint Online

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For a long time, PowerPoint Online didn't offer a portrait orientation slide, but that has changed. Go to PowerPoint online and then:

  1. Click the Design tab.
  2. Click Slide Size.
  3. Select Custom Slide Size.
  4. Click the Portrait orientation image.
  5. Click OK.
  6. You have the choice to either choose Maximize, which maximizes the use of the available slide space; or you can click Ensure fit, which makes sure that your slide content fits on the vertical portrait orientation. 

Landscape and Portrait Slides in the Same Presentation

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There is no simple way of combining landscape slides and portrait slides in the same presentation. If you've worked with slide presentations, you know that this is a basic feature. Without it, some slides won't present the material effectively, such as with a lengthy vertical list, for example. There is a complicated workaround if you must have this capability.