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Change the page orientation in PowerPoint between landscape and portrait

PowerPoint slides are automatically set up in landscape (horizontal) layout Landscape slide orientation, but you can change the slide orientation to portrait (vertical) layout Portrait slide orientation.

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  1. Select the Design tab:

    Select the Design tab on the toolbar ribbon. The Slide Size menu button towards the right end has the slide orientation control.
  2. Near the right end, select Slide Size, and then click Custom Slide Size.

    Custom Slide Size menu option

  3. In the Slide Size dialog box, select Portrait, then select OK.

    Click Portrait

  4. In the next dialog box, you can select Maximize to take full advantage of the space available, or you can select Ensure Fit to make sure that your content fits on the vertical page.

  1. On the Design tab, click Slide Size.

    Click Slide Size
  2. Click Page Setup.

    Click Page Setup
  3. In the Page Setup dialog box, under Orientation, click the orientation that you want:

    Portrait: Portrait orientation

    Landscape: Landscape orientation

    There are separate orientation settings for Slides (projected on-screen) and for Printed notes, handouts, and outlines.

  1. Click the Design tab of the toolbar ribbon, and then, near the right end, click Slide Size.

  2. On the Slide Size menu that appears, select Custom Slide Size.

    Options for slide size are available near the right end of the Design tab of the toolbar ribbon in PowerPoint Online

    The Slide Size dialog box opens.

  3. In the Slide Size dialog box, select Portrait, and then select OK.

    In the Slide Size dialog box, you can choose between a standard or widescreen aspect ratio, and you can choose between landscape or portrait orientation.

  4. When PowerPoint for the web is unable to automatically scale your content, it prompts you with two options:

    • Maximize: Select this option to increase the size of your slide content when you are scaling to a larger slide size. Choosing this option could result in your content not fitting on the slide.

    • Ensure Fit: Select this option to decrease the size of your content when scaling to a smaller slide size. This could make your content appear smaller, but you’ll be able to see all content on your slide.

      Select Maximize to take full advantage of the space available, or select Ensure Fit to make sure that your content fits on the vertical page

See Also

Use portrait and landscape orientation in the same presentation

Change the size of your slides

Rotate a text box, shape, WordArt, or picture

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