Change the page orientation of your PowerPoint presentation

PowerPoint slides are automatically set up in landscape Landscape slide orientation (or horizontal) slide view, but you can change the slide orientation to portrait Portrait slide orientation (or vertical) slide view. Here's how.

PowerPoint on your PC

If you are using PowerPoint 2013 or 2016:

  1. Click the View tab, and then click Normal.

  2. Click the Design tab, select Slide Size in the Customize group, and then click Custom Slide Size.

    Custom Slide Size menu option

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

    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.

If you are using PowerPoint 2010:

  1. On the Design tab, in the Page Setup group, click Slide Orientation.

    Click Slide Orientation
  2. Click Portrait.

    Select Portrait

If you are using PowerPoint 2007:

  • On the Design tab, in the Page Setup group, click Slide Orientation, and then click Portrait.

Currently it's not possible to mix landscape and portrait slides in the same presentation. If this is a feature you'd like to see fully supported in PowerPoint, please send us your feedback.

As a workaround, you can link two presentations (one in landscape, and the other in portrait) to display both portrait and landscape slides in what appears to be one presentation.

Tip: Place both presentations in the same folder before you create links. That way, if the folder is copied to a CD or moved, the presentations will still link correctly.

  1. Create a link from the first presentation to the second presentation:

    1. In the first presentation, select the text or object that you want to link to the second presentation.

    2. On the Insert tab, in the Links group, click Action.

      Click Action
    3. In the Action Settings dialog box, on either the Mouse Click tab or the Mouse Over tab, click Hyperlink to, and then scroll down and select Other PowerPoint Presentation from the list.

    4. In the Hyperlink to Other PowerPoint Presentation dialog box, locate and click the second presentation, and then click OK. The Hyperlink to Slide dialog box appears.

    5. In the Hyperlink to Slide dialog box, under Slide title, click the slide that you want to link to, and then click OK.

      The Hyperlink to Slide dialog box

    6. Click OK in the Action Settings dialog box.

  2. Create a link from the second presentation back to the first presentation:

    1. In the second presentation, select the text or object that you want to link to the first presentation.

    2. On the Insert tab, in the Links group, click Action.

    3. In the Action Settings dialog box, on either the Mouse Click tab or the Mouse Over tab, click Hyperlink to, and then select Other PowerPoint Presentation from the list.

    4. In the Hyperlink to Other PowerPoint Presentation dialog box, locate and click the first presentation, and then click OK. The Hyperlink to Slide dialog box appears.

    5. In the Hyperlink to Slide dialog box, under Slide title, click the slide that you want to link to, and then click OK.

    6. Click OK in the Action Settings dialog box.

PowerPoint on your Mac

  1. To change the page orientation for your presentation from portrait to landscape or from landscape to portrait, 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.

    Choose landscape or portrait orientation

Currently it's not possible to mix landscape and portrait slides in the same presentation. If this is a feature you'd like to see fully supported in PowerPoint, please send us your feedback.

As a workaround, you can link two presentations (one in landscape, and the other in portrait) to display both portrait and landscape slides in what appears to be one presentation.

Tip: Place both presentations in the same folder before you create links. That way, if the folder is copied to a CD or moved, the presentations will still link correctly.

  1. Create a link from the first presentation to the second presentation:

    1. In the first presentation, select the text or object that you want to link to the second presentation.

    2. On the Insert tab, click Action.

      Click Action
    3. In the Action Settings dialog box, on either the Mouse Click tab or the Mouse Over tab, click Hyperlink to, and then select Other PowerPoint Presentation from the list.

    4. In the Hyperlink to Other PowerPoint Presentation dialog box, locate and click the second presentation, and then click OK. The Hyperlink to Slide dialog box appears.

    5. In the Hyperlink to Slide dialog box, under Slide Title, click the slide that you want to link to, and then click OK.

      Choose target slide

    6. Click OK in the Action Settings dialog box.

  2. Create a link from the second presentation back to the first presentation:

    1. In the second presentation, select the text or object that you want to link to the first presentation.

    2. On the Insert tab, click Action.

    3. In the Action Settings dialog box, on either the Mouse Click tab or the Mouse Over tab, click Hyperlink to, and then select Other PowerPoint Presentation from the list.

    4. In the Hyperlink to Other PowerPoint Presentation dialog box, locate and click the first presentation, and then click OK. The Hyperlink to Slide dialog box appears.

    5. In the Hyperlink to Slide dialog box, under Slide title, click the slide that you want to link to, and then click OK.

    6. Click OK in the Action Settings dialog box.

PowerPoint Online

PowerPoint Online is designed for landscape slide orientation. It isn’t possible to orient your slides as portrait using PowerPoint Online. However, if you have a desktop version of PowerPoint, you can apply portrait orientation to your slides. The slides will then appear in portrait orientation when you open them in PowerPoint Online. If you don’t own the desktop version of PowerPoint, you can try or buy the latest version of Office now.

See also

Change the size of your slides

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