PowerPoint Portrait Slide Orientation

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Office 365 PowerPoint

By default, PowerPoint lays out the slides in a landscape orientation—that is, with the longer sides horizontal. However, there are times when you prefer your slides to show in a portrait orientation with the longer sides vertical. This is a relatively easy change to make. There are several different ways to do this, depending upon which version of Powerpoint you're using.

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.

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 vertical 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.

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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. Now click on the Design tab and 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. 
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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.
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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 then click Slide Size.
  2. Now click on Page Setup.
  3. In the Page Setup dialog box, you'll see Orientation. Click on Portrait. 
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PowerPoint Online

As of 2016, PowerPoint Online does not have a portrait slide orientation capability. Microsoft's explanation is that "Powerpoint Online is designed for landscape slide orientation," which, decoded, means the feature is lacking. There's a workaround, however, it requires you to own a desktop version of Powerpoint. In that case, open the project in the desktop version, make the switch from landscape to portrait, save that version and then close it. When you open it in PowerPoint Online, your slides will appear in Portrait view. 

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Landscape and Portrait Slides in the Same Presentation

One puzzling limitation in versions of Powerpoint as of 2016 is that 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 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.

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