PowerPoint slides use a 16: 9 widescreen by default. If you want to change it to the standard 4: 3 ratio, or even create a custom size, PowerPoint offers a quick and easy way to achieve this.
Resizing PowerPoint Templates
Resizing Slides In PowerPoint, this affects the way they appear during the actual presentation and how they appear on the handouts. Open the presentation whose size you want to change and select the Design tab.
tab Then click the Slide Size button.
Click on the displayed Window “Slidesize” on the box under “Slidesize for” (1) will open a menu with various options Choose the one that suits your needs Alternatively, you can adjust the dimensions of the slides by entering the slide size in the Width and Height fields (2). Finally, you can select the orientation of your slides and leaflets by selecting “Portrait” or “Landscape” (4) in the appropriate sections.
When you are satisfied with the setup, click OK.
If you want to use this size for future presentations, save this topic and select it for your next presentation On the Design tab, select the “more” arrow, located at the bottom right of the Themes group.
Windows Explorer will now appear and prompt you to name and save your name. Rename it, but do not change the location where it is stored. Topics saved to this default location are available with a mouse click on the PowerPoint startup screen. Once you’re done, click “Save.”
Make sure it is saved. Complete your current PowerPoint presentation and reopen PowerPoint – this time as a blank presentation. In the left pane, select “New.”
At the top of the window, select Custom.
If you select your custom theme, a new presentation opens with all the saved settings.
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By default, PowerPoint slides use a widescreen format in a 16:9 ratio. If you’d like to change it to the standard format (4:3 ratio), or even create a custom size, PowerPoint provides a quick and painless way to make this happen.
Resizing PowerPoint Templates
Resizing the slides in PowerPoint will affect the way they appear during the actual presentation and how they appear on the handouts. Go ahead and open up the presentation that we will be resizing and select the “Design” tab.
Next, click the “Slide Size” button.
A menu will appear, allowing you to choose between the “Standard” format (4:3) or the “Widescreen” format (16:9). If you’re switching over to the standard format without any other changes, you can select it from the menu, and the changes will take effect. If you want to do a little custom tweaking to tailor the size to your specific needs, then select “Custom Slide Size.”
In the Slide Size window that appears, clicking the box under “Slides sized for” (1) will open a menu with several different options. Choose the one that best matches your needs. Alternatively, you can customize the dimensions of the slides by entering the slide size in the “Width” and “Height” boxes (2). Finally, you can choose the orientation of your slides and handouts by selecting “Portrait” or “Landscape” (4) in the respective section.
Once you’re happy with your setup, click “OK.”
If this is the size you’d like to use for future presentations, then save this theme and select it for your next presentation. Back on the “Design” tab, select the “more” arrow, which you can find at the bottom-right of the “Themes” group.
At the bottom of the menu that appears, select “Save Current Theme.”
Windows Explorer will now appear, prompting you to name and save your theme. Go ahead and rename it, but don’t change the location where it will be saved. Themes saved to this default location are available with a click of your mouse button on PowerPoint’s splash screen. Once finished, click “Save.”
Let’s make sure it saved. Go ahead and close out of your current PowerPoint presentation and reopen PowerPoint—this time as a blank presentation. Select “New” in the left pane.
Near the top of the window, select “Custom.”
If saved properly, your theme will appear here.
Selecting your custom theme will open a new presentation with all of your settings saved.
What if you don’t want to resize images in a PowerPoint slideshow one by one? That’s no problem in PowerPoint. In this short video and tutorial I’ll show you how to change PowerPoint image size.
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How to Resize Multiple Images In PowerPoint
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1. Open the Presentation You Want to Work On
Let’s start off on a slide that has multiple images on it. These are different size images, but we can scale them at the same time with a simple trick.
This PowerPoint slide has multiple images to resize.
2. Choose the PowerPoint Images to Resize
Multi-select images by holding Ctrl on the keyboard, and then let’s click on each of the images that you want to resize.
You can use the handles on an image to resize all the images.
Then click on one of the handles on the corner of an image and drag it down. Notice that all the images are kind of being scaled at the same time proportionately.
3. Resize Pictures in PowerPoint
Now what if you want to get the images all to exactly the same size at least on one side?
I’m going to switch slides and hold Cntrl for each of these images. And then let’s come up to Picture Tools > Format here on the ribbon. In either the height or the width box, let’s put in a numerical value and press Enter.
Change the numerical value of the height or width to change the PowerPoint image size.
All of the images will take on the same size.
You can keep trying different numbers here to scale the images. It’s a quick and easy way to give your images a more consistent look throughout your presentation.
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Printing a timeline as a poster or on other paper formats different from the default may require a bit of tweaking to get optimal results. More precisely, the slide’s size must match or be proportional to the final output size for the graphic to be displayed properly. The following guide will explain how to customize your PowerPoint slides for printing on the desired paper format.
Start a blank presentation in PowerPoint and, in the main menu bar, select the Design tab.
Here, click on the Slide Size button on the right and then select Custom Slide Size.
Note: Some versions of PowerPoint may have a Page Setup option instead of the Slide Size button.
The Slide Size dialogue box that will pop on your screen provides you with multiple options: you can select your preferred paper format from the “Slides sized for” menu, type in your desired height and width into the fields provided, and choose the slide’s orientation too. In our example, we will set the slide to 24” x 36”, Portrait, as we want to create a large timeline with 50+ tasks.
After you choose your preferred format and click OK, you may be prompted with two scaling options: Maximize or Ensure Fit. Since there is no content on your slide yet, choosing one or the other will not make any difference.
Now you can add or import your project data into Office Timeline as usual, and the plug-in will generate your graphic to fit the new page format as well as possible.
Style your timeline and print when ready.
- Please avoid changing the proportions of the slide after you’ve created the timeline, as PowerPoint may distort the graphics and you may also experience issues when editing or updating the visual. If your graphic is already done and you need to resize the slide, you can start a new presentation, change its page proportions to the desired format, and then copy-paste your timeline as a picture into the new presentation.
- Before printing, don’t forget to check if the printer’s paper size is set to the right format. This can be done from PowerPoint’s Print menu, in Printer Properties.
PowerPoint has a default slide size, but you don’t have to be limited by it. With this trick, you can custom set your PowerPoint slides to be any size you want.
Now, if you were a PowerPoint user from way back, you’re probably used to seeing your slides in a 4:3 aspect ratio, which is very close to square. However, everything has long since changed. Widescreen is now the standard presentation format, and since the 2013 version of PowerPoint, the default slide size has been set to a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio. However, you can still switch back to the 4:3 setting, or even set your own custom size.
A quick note: Changing the orientation of your slides isn’t really the same thing as changing its size; you’re just rotating them on the page. However, if that’s what you’re looking for, you can do that as well.
- In PowerPoint, click on the View tab and make sure you’re in the Normal view.
- Then, click on the Design tab and choose Slide Size. The basic options are to just flip between the 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratios, but what we’re really interested in is under the Custom Slide Size, so click on that.
- Here, you’ll see a lot more options. There’s the option to switch your slides from a landscape (which is the default) to a portrait orientation. You’ll also see a dropdown menu, where you can find many more size options for your PowerPoint slides. For instance, the letter paper size might be useful if you’d like people to be able to easily print your slides off following a presentation.
- You can also custom adjust the size using the Width and Height fields. In fact, you can even make this your default size. To do so, click the Design tab, and then head to Themes and click the bottom arrow. Save the theme and give it a name, and then immediately head right back to that arrow. Right-click on it, and click Set as Default Theme. That way, when you start a new presentation, you’ll get your preferred slide size instead of the standard Microsoft default.
Perhaps one of the bigger pains in PowerPoint is changing your slide size from 4:3 to 16:9 or vice versa. Let’s go through the pros and cons of each method.
The Fast Way
The fastest way to change the slide ratio is to go to the design tab and clicking on slide size. Once you pick the ratio you want to change your presentation to, you’re presented with this option (one in which no one ever remembers on the first try which one they should choose):
Maximize Fit: Think of this as your “ FILL frame proportionally” option from InDesign. The frame is your slide area and the content that fills it is everything you have on the slide. All those things on the slide act as though they’re grouped together for this transformation. Because the slide is filled, some of your content will bleed over to the pasteboard.
Ensure Fit: Think of this as your “ FIT content proportionally” option from InDesign. This is the option that will reduce the size of all of your content so that it all fits on to the slide and doesn’t bleed over to the pasteboard.
Pros: It’s fast.
Cons: If you have logos or images on your master slides OR have filled the background with a picture, when you change sizes, those images will be stretched or squished no matter which option you choose. Also, you still have to reorganize your slides to make the content fit in a nicely designed manner.
The Long Way
This method is the most tedious and requires you to have both the original presentation and the destination files open at the same time. Simply put, you just copy all of the slide content from File A to File B.
With this method, the master slides won’t be stretched or smushed. You’ll still have to rearrange the slide content to look good and, in this case, you will have to redo image background fills.
Pros: You will have the fewest problems with fit and formatting.
Cons: You need two files open and it’s slower. You still have to rearrange your content.
The Third Way
Or the 2.5th (two-and-a-halved?) way. This is how I usually do it. It’s not only good for resizing slides – it’s also good for changing templates. It also only requires you to have only one file open. For this example, I’ll pretend that I’m taking a 4:3 presentation on the Outdated Template and am bringing it into the 16:9 Fresh New Template.
First, create a new presentation based on the 16:9 Fresh New Template. Then, on the Home tab where the New Slide button is, click on the text “New Slide” and you’ll be presented with this dropdown menu:
Way down at the bottom of this fly-out menu is the option “Reuse Slides…” Go ahead and click on that. You’ll then be presented with the Reuse Slides panel on the right:
Click on Browse and find the 4:3 presentation on the Outdated Template. You’ll see something like this:
All you have to do is click on the slides you want to pull into your new presentation. If you want to keep the source formatting for everything on the slide, be sure to check off “keep source formatting” or PowerPoint will apply the new templates styles to the slide contents. Of course, if you’re bringing things into an updated template, you should probably keep it unchecked.
“ But wait! When I look at my slides, they have a stretched out background!”
You’re right. The last step here is to right click on each slide and choose the master slide you want to use from the new template. After you’re all done, check your Master Page view to see if old slide masters came along for the ride and delete them.
Pros: Makes template switching easier. Can be fast.
Cons: You have to change slide layouts from old to new template, which can present it’s own problems. You still might have to move things around. Can be slow.
In the end, you’ll have to decide for yourself which is the best method for the projects you’re working on. And in 99% of all cases, you will have to rearrange your content. But I hope this makes you aware of all of your options and maybe save you a little time in the future.
Picture this – you’ve finally finished that PowerPoint presentation you’ve been working on. The data is compelling, the slides are tight, and the visuals are strong. Then you click Save and realize it’s also GIGANTIC. Like 30,000 KB huge.
This is no good, since oversized and bloated PowerPoint files can be difficult to share and challenging to upload for others to see. The performance of your slides can even suffer at times too.
So here we are – as the great Jon Bender would say, your slides are “pushing maximum density.” (What, I can’t make a Breakfast Club reference? John Hughes FTW!) In these cases, the culprit is almost always too many large images or media files in your slides. Fortunately, there’s an easy fix to get them down to size quickly.
The easy way to compress your PowerPoint files
First, simply choose an image (any one will do) to edit with PowerPoint Picture Tools (all you have to do is double-click the image to open this view).
Next, select the Compress Pictures option to the left of the tool bar.
The resulting popup will give you the option to compress the size of the image you selected (with the Email option being the smallest). By unchecking the “Apply only to this picture” option, you can reduce the size of all the images in your desk. Just be sure to consider how your presentation will be used when making your selection.
That’s all there is to it! Resave your presentation and you’ll see your PowerPoint file has been shrunk down to a much more manageable level. It’s as simple as that.
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Resize the object and the text doesn’t adjust — how annoying!
When you design icons or graphics in PowerPoint, you may need to incorporate text into them. What happens when you need to resize the object? If you’ve run into this problem before you know that text boxes don’t scale with the object as it is resized, even if the text box is grouped with other objects. You have to fiddle with the font size and positioning, which can be painful if you’re dealing with several objects.
How can you make the text resize with the object?
The answer is less complicated than you think, and it can be a real timesaver. Follow these steps to ensure the text resizes automatically with your objects:
Select the “Picture (PNG)” paste option
Click on the text box and copy the text box (Ctrl + C).
Text as a PNG image enables resizing
You’ll want to group (Ctrl + G) the PNG image with the other object(s) and then resize the grouped object while holding down the Shiftkey so you maintain the proportion of the object.
In addition to avoiding future resizing issues, converting text into PNG images in objects helps you to avoid another quirky PowerPoint issue related to template defaults.
Be careful when you leave text as text boxes
I recently shared some slides with someone who was aggregating slides from several individuals. When I went to present my portion of the presentation, I discovered that the new template’s default text box style inserted a bullet point before all of the text in the objects, which ruined the presentation of my images. Fellow PowerPoint ninjas, learn from my mistake! If you’re including text in an object, you should consider following the steps above to avoid any resizing or template issues later on.