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How to Change PowerPoint Orientation From Landscape to Portrait

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Your presentation orientation is important. Let's look at how to change orientation in PowerPoint from landscape to portrait using Microsoft PowerPoint.

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Note: In this tutorial we use the Simplicity PowerPoint Template. You can find more great PPT presentation templates on GraphicRiver or in our Ultimate Guide to the Best Microsoft PowerPoint Templates.

How to Quickly Change PowerPoint Orientation

Note: Watch this short tutorial screencast or follow the quick steps below, that compliment this video.

1. Find the Design Tab in PowerPoint

Most PowerPoint presentations are in landscape format where the slides are wider than they are tall. But, occasionally you might need to turn your presentation on its side and make it portrait orientation.

In PowerPoint let's start off by finding the Design tab on PowerPoint's ribbon and click on it.

PowerPoint Design tab
Open the Design tab.

2. Select the Portrait Orientation Option

On the far right side let's find the Slide Size option. Let's click on it. Go ahead and click on Custom Slide Size to open the settings. 

Choosing Portrait orientation
Choose Portrait orientation from the Slide Size dialog.

Choose the Portrait option to turn it effectively 90 degrees. Now, we'll need to choose between Maximize and Ensure Fit.

3. Choose a Reformatting Option

These thumbnails explain the two options for reformatting slides:

Microsoft PowerPoint reformatting options
Choose Maximize or Ensure Fit.

You can either Maximize or Ensure Fit by scaling things down. I typically choose Ensure Fit to convert my slides. I'll go ahead and press OK

Finishing Up!

Either direction we choose means that if you have a presentation that is already developed you'll need to spend some time reformatting and rearranging the content on your slide. That'll make it work in the new format, which is a big change from before. This option works great if you're using PowerPoint as a layout or simple print design tool.

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