How to Change PowerPoint Slide Orientation

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

PowerPoint lays out the slides in landscape orientation by default, meaning the slides are wider than they are tall. However, changing to portrait orientation with the slides taller than they are wide is a relatively easy change to make.

Instructions in this article apply to PowerPoint for Office 365, PowerPoint 2019, PowerPoint 2016, PowerPoint 2013, PowerPoint 2010, PowerPoint 2007, PowerPoint for Mac, and PowerPoint Online.

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

Change Slide Orientation in PowerPoint for Windows

The steps used to change the page orientation between landscape and portrait are the same in all versions of PowerPoint 2013 for Windows and newer.

  1. In the Normal view, click the Design tab.

    A screenshot of Powerpoint with the Design tab highlighted
  2. Select Slide Size.

    A screenshot of Powerpoint with the Slide Size menu highlighted
  3. Select Custom Slide Size.

    A screenshot of Powerpoint with the Custom Slide Size option highlighted
  4. Use the buttons in the Orientation section to select a vertical orientation or enter dimensions in the Width and Height fields.

    A screenshot of Powerpoint's Slide Size window with the Orientation section highlighted
  5. Select OK to apply the changes.

    A screenshot of Powerpoint's Slide Size window with the OK button highlighted

Change Slide Orientation in PowerPoint 2010 and 2007 for Windows

Follow these steps to change from landscape to portrait slide orientation in older versions of PowerPoint for Windows.

  1. Select the Design tab, and in the Page Setup group, click Slide Orientation.

    A screenshot of Powerpoint with the Slide Orientation button highlighted
  2. Choose Portrait.

    A screenshot of Powerpoint with the Portrait option highlighted
  3. Press OK to save your changes.

    A screenshot of Powerpoint with the OK button highlighted

Change Slide Orientation in PowerPoint for Mac

To change the page orientation from landscape to portrait in PowerPoint for Mac 2011.

  1. Select the File menu and choose Page Setup.

    A screenshot of Powerpoint with the Page Setup option highlighted
  2. In the Page Setup dialog box, across from Slides, select the Portrait orientation. As an alternative, select custom dimensions in the Size section, making the height greater than the width.

    A screenshot of Page Setup in Powerpoint with the Portrait orientation highlighted
  3. Choose OK to apply the changes.

Change Slide Orientation in PowerPoint Online

For a long time, PowerPoint Online didn't offer a portrait orientation slide, but that has changed.

  1. Select the Design tab.

    A screenshot of Powerpoint with the Design tab highlighted
  2. Select Slide Size, then choose Custom Slide Size.

    A screenshot of Powerpoint with the Custom Slide Size option highlighted
  3. Select the Portrait orientation image.

    A screenshot of the Slide Size window in Powerpoint with the Portrait option highlighted
  4. Select OK to apply the changes.

  5. You have the choice to either choose Maximize, which maximizes the use of the available slide space, or click Ensure fit, which makes sure that the slide content fits on the vertical portrait orientation.

    Slide Scale in PowerPoint Online

Landscape and Portrait Slides in the Same Presentation

There is no simple way to combine 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 workaround if you must have this capability.