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When you open a new PowerPoint presentation, the slides are horizontal by default. However, you can change them to vertical orientation in a few simple steps. Here’s how to switch your slides from landscape to portrait layout.

Change Slides from Landscape to Portrait

First, open your PowerPoint presentation. In the “Customize” group of the “Design” tab, select “Slide Size.” Click “Custom Slide Size” (“Page Setup” on Mac) in the drop-down menu.

The “Slide Size” dialog box appears. In the “Slides” group of the “Orientation” section, select the radio button next to Portrait or Landscape, and then click “OK.”

A new dialog box appears. Here, you can maximize or resize the content so it fits the slide’s new orientation. Select the option that works best for you, and you’re all done!

Use Vertical and Horizontal Slides in the Same Presentation

Microsoft doesn’t provide this functionality. But if you link two presentations together, you can create the illusion that both landscape and portrait slides are in the same slideshow.

Keep in mind that once you link two presentations together, you break that link if you move either of them to a different location. To prevent this, move both presentations into the same folder before you link them.

In this example, we assume the first presentation has landscape slides, and the second has portrait. We open the first presentation and navigate to the slide from which we want to create the link. Once there, we select an object to use to insert the link. You can insert a link in text, images, or objects.

To illustrate our point, we’ll use a text box.

A selected text box in PowerPoint.

Next, we navigate to the “Links” group under the “Insert” tab and select “Action.”

Under the "Insert" tab, select "Action" from the "Links" group.

In the “Action Settings” dialog box that appears, we select the radio button next to “Hyperlink to.” We open the drop-down menu, and then select “Other PowerPoint Presentation.”

Select the radio button next to "Hyperlink to," open the drop-down menu, and then select "Other PowerPoint Presentation."

File explorer should open. We select the presentation to which we want to link, and then click “OK.”

Back at the “Actions Settings” dialog box, the file path of the second presentation should appear in the “Hyperlink to” box. If everything looks good, click “OK.”

The link now shows up in the selected object.

A text box with hyperlinked text in PowerPoint.

When you click this link, it seamlessly transitions you to the second presentation. In Slide Show view, this creates the illusion that you have slides of both orientations in the same slideshow.

However, if you want to return to presentation one, you must link back to it from presentation two.

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Marshall is a writer with experience in the data storage industry. He worked at Synology, and most recently as CMO and technical staff writer at StorageReview. He's currently an API/Software Technical Writer based in Tokyo, Japan, runs VGKAMI and ITEnterpriser, and spends what little free time he has learning Japanese.
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