Last updated: March 12, 2019
The default orientation in Microsoft Powerpoint 2010 is landscape, but that may not always be the best choice for every slideshow that you create. Occasionally you might have a lot of slides with long lists or tall pictures, which suits itself better to slides with a portrait orientation.
Powerpoint 2010 will allow you to adjust your slide orientation, however, so you can follow our tutorial below if you find that you would prefer the portrait orientation instead of landscape.
Change Orientation in a Powerpoint 2010 Presentation
The steps in this guide are going to change the orientation of every slide in your presentation. Unfortunately, your entire presentation must use the same orientation. If you wish to switch between orientations in a Powerpoint slideshow, then you need to do so by linking multiple presentations together. This article from Microsoft explains it in detail. It can be a little complicated, but is the only option if you require multiple orientations in the same Powerpoint 2010 presentation.
- Open your presentation in Powerpoint 2010.
- Click the Design tab at the top of the window.
- Click the Slide Orientation button in the Page Setup section of the navigational ribbon, then click the Portrait option.
Note that you can also change the orientation by clicking the Page Setup button next to the Slide Orientation, then adjusting the orientation from there.
That menu contains a number of other options for your slides, so it may be more helpful if you need to adjust more settings.
How to Make Powerpoint Portrait in Other Powerpoint Versions
If you are using a newer version of Powerpoint, such as Powerpoint for Office 365, you may find that this orientation option is no longer available.
Instead, you can make Powerpoint portrait in these newer applications by completing the following steps:
- Open the slideshow.
- Click the Design tab.
- Click the Slide Size button, then choose the Custom Slide Size option.
- Choose the Portrait option under the Slides section.
- Click the OK button.
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