PowerPoint Portrait Slide Orientation

Make the orientation switch early so elements don't drop off the screen

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By default, PowerPoint lays out the slides in a landscape orientation – 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 wide. This is a relatively easy change to make. There are several different ways to do this, depending on which version of Powerpoint you use.

Tip: Make the orientation change before you lay out the slides, or you may need to make some changes to the slide layout to prevent elements from dropping off the screen.

Office 365 PowerPoint

The Office 365 versions of PowerPoint 2016 for PC and Mac use this process:

  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.

Landscape to Portrait in Powerpoint 2016 and 2013 for Windows

To quickly change from landscape to portrait view in Powerpoint 2016 and 2013 for Windows:

  1. Click on the View tab and then click Normal.
  2. Click on 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 have an option. You can either click on Maximize, which makes the maximum use of the available slide space, or you can click on Ensure Fit, which makes sure that your slide content fits on the vertical portrait orientation. 

Landscape to Portrait in Powerpoint 2010 and 2007 for Windows

To quickly change from Landscape to Portrait view in Powerpoint 2010 and 2007 for Windows:

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

Landscape to Portrait in all Mac Powerpoint Versions

To change the page orientation from landscape to portrait in all versions of Powerpoint on your Mac:

  1. Click on the Design tab and select Slide Size.
  2. Click on Page Setup.
  3. In the Page Setup dialog box, you'll see Orientation. Click on Portrait. 

PowerPoint Online

For a long time, PowerPointOnline 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 More Options.
  4. Click the radio button next to the Portrait icon.
  5. Click OK.

Landscape and Portrait Slides in the Same Presentation

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 – a lengthy vertical list, for example. There is a complicated workaround if you must have this capability.