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How to change slide size in Microsoft Powerpoint?

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Powerpoint is a great way to make and configure presentations for business or personal purposes. Powerpoint comes as a part of Microsoft Office suite and can be bought for an amount. It is one of the most widely used slide software in the world.

In this article, we discuss how you can change the slide size in Powerpoint along with some other tweaks.

Change slide size in Powerpoint

Here are the steps to change the slide size in Powerpoint.

Step 1: Open Powerpoint and then click on the Design tab at the top.Step 2: Click on Slide Size at the right end of the tab. Check out the screenshot below to get an idea.

Step 3: Here, you will see three options — Standard (4:3), Widescreen (16:9) and Custom Slide Size. You can select either of these options as per your requirement. When Powerpoint is unable to determine the slide size, you will see two other options — Ensure fit and Maximise. Let us understand these two options:

  • Ensure Fit: Use this option when you want to change your slide to a smaller resolution. This option will ensure that you can see the contents of the slide but in a small view.
  • Maximise: Use this option when you want to extend the slide resolution. Sometimes, this will lead to the content being cut along the edges, and you won’t be able to view all of the contents.

That’s it. As soon as you click on the options, you will notice a change in the slide size. Also read: How to add and remove hyperlinks in Excel?

How to create a custom slide size in Powerpoint?

You can also create your custom slide size in Powerpoint. Here are the steps to so.

Step 1: Open Powerpoint and then go to Design > Slide Size > Custom Slide Size. Step 2: Here, you will see tons of options that you can choose to configure your slide size. Let us look at some of these options. First, according to your requirement, select the slide size by clicking on the drop-down menu under Slide Sized For option. Step 3: Now, select the slide height and width. You can enter the size in centimetres (cm), pixels (px) or inches (in). Use the appropriate abbreviation while mentioning the numbers. Here are the maximum and minimum dimensions that you can enter:

  • Minimum: 1 in, 2.54 cm, 120 px.
  • Maximum: 56 in, 142.24 cm, 720 px.

Step 4: You can choose from where you want the slide to be numbered. To do this, click on Number Slides From option. Step 5: Now, it is time for you to choose the orientation of the slide. When you are done, click on OK. Also read: How to shade alternate rows or columns in Excel?

How to set the default slide size?

If you want to work on a particular slide size, then you need to set it as default. Here are the steps of how you can set a default slide size. (By default, you will get 16:9 slide size).

Step 1: After that, go to Design > Slide Size > Custom Slide Size. Here, change the slide as per your wish. After you have done that, continue further. Step 2: Now, click on the More downward arrow located in the Themes heading and then select Save Current Theme.Step 3: Give a name to the theme that you can remember easily and then click on Save. Remember, do not change the folder where you will save the theme. Step 4: To select the theme, go to File > New > Custom > Select the theme.Step 5: Now, go to Design> More downward arrow.Step 6: Here, you will see the theme under the custom heading. Right-click on the theme and then choose Set as Default ThemeHow to change slide size in Microsoft Powerpoint?Also read: How to record a macro in Excel?

Kumar Hemant

Kumar Hemant

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