You might want to change the size, shape, or orientation of your slides for presentation or to simplify printing. You can choose landscape, portrait, or custom page setups as fits your needs.

Change the slide size

  1. On the Design tab, in the Customize group, click Slide Size.

    Change the page layout

  2. Click Custom Slide Size.

    Change the page layout

  3. In the Slides sized for list, click the size you want to use, or use the Width and Height boxes to select custom sizes.

    Change the page layout

  4. Click OK.

  5. PowerPoint now asks you to choose between maximizing the size of your content on the new layout (to do this, click Maximize) or scaling it down so that all of the content fits into the new layout (to do this, click Ensure Fit).

    Note: If you choose to maximize, some content might fall outside the print margins.

    Change the page layout

    Note: Unlike Word document pages, powerpoint slides don’t have margins that you can adjust to change the slide layout. Your slide stretches from edge to edge. When you print the slides, printer limitations can result in a white edge around the slides. However, you can change the margins inside Text Boxes and Shapes.

Change the slide orientation

Although wide format landscape presentations are most popular, you might find that your slides work better in vertical, portrait mode.

Note: You can change the orientation of the entire presentation only, not individual slides.

  1. On the Design tab, in the Customize group, click Slide Size.

    Change the page layout

  2. Click Custom Slide Size.

    Change the page layout

  3. Change the orientation for the slides to Portrait or Landscape.

    Change the page layout

    Note: You can also change the orientation of your notes, handouts, and outline.

  4. Click OK.

  5. powerpoint now asks you to choose between maximizing the size of your content on the new layout (to do this, click Maximize) or scaling it down so that all of the content fits into the new layout (to do this, click Ensure Fit).

    Change the page layout

Note: If you choose to maximize, some content might fall outside the slide.

See Also

Change the size of your slides

Set the margins for text inside text boxes and shapes

Workaround for printing slides without white edges

Change a slide layout

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