Software & Apps MS Office How to Change PowerPoint Slide Orientation Change orientation first so elements don't drop off the slide by Wendy Russell Writer Former Lifewire writer Wendy Russell is an experienced teacher specializing in live communications, graphics design, and PowerPoint software. our editorial process Wendy Russell Updated on April 02, 2020 reviewed by Jerrick Leger Lifewire Tech Review Board Member Jerrick Leger is a CompTIA-certified IT Specialist with more than 10 years' experience in technical support and IT fields. He is also owns an IT firm in Texas serving small businesses. our review board Article reviewed on Mar 05, 2020 Jerrick Leger MS Office Powerpoint Word Excel Outlook Tweet Share Email 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 Microsoft 365, PowerPoint 2019, PowerPoint 2016, PowerPoint 2013, PowerPoint 2010, PowerPoint 2007, PowerPoint for Mac, and PowerPoint Online. Maritsa Patrinos / Lifewire 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. In the Normal view, click the Design tab. Select Slide Size. Select Custom Slide Size. Use the buttons in the Orientation section to select a vertical orientation or enter dimensions in the Width and Height fields. Select OK to apply the changes. 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. Select the Design tab, and in the Page Setup group, click Slide Orientation. Choose Portrait. Press OK to save your changes. Change Slide Orientation in PowerPoint for Mac To change the page orientation from landscape to portrait in PowerPoint for Mac 2011. Select the File menu and choose Page Setup. 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. 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. Select the Design tab. Select Slide Size, then choose Custom Slide Size. Select the Portrait orientation image. Select OK to apply the changes. 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. 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.