Change a slide's orientation in PowerPoint

Orientation is important to printing reports and sheets, but slides? You might not realize it, but you can specify the orientation for individual slides in PowerPoint.

You know that you can use portrait or landscape orientation in Word and Excel documents. What you might not know is that you can apply the same orientation setting to PowerPoint slides. Similar to pages in a document or report, you can change the orientation setting from slide to slide.

By default, slides are landscape. Choosing to change that default should be part of your design process. Switching from landscape to portrait, after the fact, will seldom produce results you'll want to use.

To set a slide's orientation, do the following:



  1. From the File menu, choose Page Setup.
  2. In the resulting Page Setup dialog, check Portrait or Landscape in the Slides section or the Notes, Handouts & Outline section.

  1. Click the Design tab.
  2. Click the Slide Orientation dropdown in the Page Setup group and choose an option.

This tip won't wow them at the newsgroups; it falls into the I didn't know you could do that category. If you change a slide's orientation, be sure to test it in as many environments as possible—it might look good on your development system but look squashed on another, especially a laptop.


Susan Sales Harkins is an IT consultant, specializing in desktop solutions. Previously, she was editor in chief for The Cobb Group, the world's largest publisher of technical journals.

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