• You can then adjust your PowerPoint slideshow from the horizontal landscape to portrait mode through the "Orientation" option.
  • The process looks about the same on both the PowerPoint app and the web browser version, though the menu options will be labeled differently.
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While we're all used to seeing PowerPoint slideshows in landscape orientation, every so often, a presentation may need to be in portrait format.

The process to change your slide orientation looks about the same on both the PowerPoint app and the web browser versions. However, the menus will differ slightly due to spacing, as will the labels.

For example, when adjusting slide content to fit the new orientation, the app version will ask if you want to scale items up or down, while the online version will ask if you want to maximize items or ensure fit. Despite using different language, the options mean the same thing.

If you want to change your PowerPoint presentation from landscape to portrait, here's how to adjust slide orientation.

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How to change portrait orientation in the PowerPoint app

1. Open PowerPoint on your Mac or PC. You can open a presentation you already started or create a new one.

2. Navigate to the "Design" tab.

3. Click the "Slide Size" icon toward the right side of the toolbar. This will immediately open a drop-down menu highlighting your current selection.

4. Click "Page Setup" to open a pop-up menu.

Powerpoint Portrait 1
Powerpoint Portrait 1
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5 . Under the "Orientation" section, select the upward-facing portrait option. You'll notice arrows showing which way the text is facing.

Powerpoint Portrait 2
Powerpoint Portrait 2
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6. Click "OK" when you're done.

7. This will immediately prompt another, smaller pop-up. If there are already items such as text, charts, or photos on your slide, you'll be asked if you want to scale content up or down to fit the new slide shape.

Powerpoint Portrait 3
Powerpoint Portrait 3
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8. Your choice should immediately return you to the slide screen. You'll notice it's been flipped. You may need to adjust content if it's no longer centered or sized to your liking.

Powerpoint Portrait 4
Powerpoint Portrait 4
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How to change portrait orientation in PowerPoint online

1. Launch your PowerPoint presentation.

2. Click the "Design" tab.

3. Select "Slide Size."

4 . Choose "Custom Slide Size" next to the gear icon.

Powerpoint Portrait 5
Powerpoint Portrait 5
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5. Select "Portrait." You'll also have the option to change the slide size.

6. Click "OK."

Powerpoint Portrait
Powerpoint Portrait
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7. Choose how you'd like to scale your content to fit the new slide size: maximize or ensure fit.

Powerpoint Portrait 7
Powerpoint Portrait 7
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8. Your choice will take you back to your slideshow. You may have to adjust any text or shapes that no longer fit on screen.

Powerpoint Portrait 8
Powerpoint Portrait 8
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