How To Change Page Orientation in PowerPoint to Portrait

The page orientation in a presentation slide is the way in which the rectangular slide is oriented for normal viewing while presenting. The two most common types of orientation are portrait and landscape and these are the two formats available in Microsoft PowerPoint.

In PowerPoint it is very easy to change the page orientation from landscape to portrait or viceversa. Here we will show you how to change the slide orientation so you can use a portrait layout format instead of the default landscape style.

How To Make PowerPoint Portrait by Changing the Page Orientation?

You can change the slide orientation in Microsoft PowerPoint by using a special setting in the PowerPoint Ribbon, under Slide Size option. This option will help to change landscape to portrait in PowerPoint, and it can also be used to change PowerPoint slide size to a different format or aspect ratio. Follow these steps in order to change the landscape orientation to portrait orientation in Microsoft PowerPoint.

1. Open the PowerPoint presentation and then click on the Design tab at the top menu.

2. Then click Slide Size menu button located at the right side of the toolbar.

3. Click Custom Slide Size… option to open the Slide Size dialog box. Here you can choose the Slide Size properties. You can select a preset, i.e. if you want to change from the Normal layout size (On-screen Show 4:3) to Widescreen (16:9) presentation layouts, width and height. You can also change the value to number slides from, as well as orientation options either for Slides as well as Notes, Handouts & Outline.

4. In order to change the slide orientation from landscape to portrait check the radio button Portrait.

5. A new dialog box will appear, this time asking what to do while scaling to a new slide size. Here you can choose to maximize the visible area or Ensure Fit to scale it down and ensure the new design will fit on the new slide format.

How to Maximize Slide in PowerPoint to Ensure Fit
Dialog box showing Maximize and Ensure Fit options in PowerPoint
  • Maximize: This option let you take advantage of the entire slide dimension to cover the slide with the current content.
  • Ensure Fit: This option will scale the current content down to ensure it will fit on the new slide. Depending on your design, by choosing this option you may find two empty bars at top or bottom of the slide as display in the thumbnail examples shown below.

Finally, here we can see the new orientation applied to the PowerPoint presentation. The following screenshot shows our Kite PowerPoint template adjusted to a portrait format and ready to be used to design a flyer or eye-catching brochures in PowerPoint.


Did you know? The portrait word definition comes from the fact that a close-up portrait of a person’s face and upper body is more fitting for a canvas or photo where the height of the display area is greater than the width, and is more common for the pages of books. Landscape originally described artistic outdoor scenes where a wide view area is needed, but the upper part of the painting would be mostly sky and so is omitted. [source: Wikipedia]

How to Change Slide Orientation in PowerPoint

In Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 you can also change the slide orientation. This option is located in the Design menu under Page Setup section as shown in the screenshot below.


How to Change Slide Orientation in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

If you are using Mac instead of Windows, then you can also change the slide orientation in Microsoft PowerPoint 2011. In this case, the Page Setup option is located under Themes menu.

1. Go to Themes menu and click in the Slide Size button.

2. Then, click Page Setup…


3. Now choose the new slide orientation as shown in the following

By using a different slide orientation format in PowerPoint you can control how the slide will be displayed either while presenting or while designing a PowerPoint presentation that you plan to print later. For example, this can be very useful if you want to design a flyer, a poster for an University or even a restaurant menu from Microsoft PowerPoint.


Landscape, Office for Mac, Page Orientation, Page Setup, Portrait, Slides
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