How to Mix Page Orientations in PowerPoint

Written by mara shannon
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PowerPoint 2010 has two possible slide orientations: portrait is taller than it is wide, while landscape is wider than it is tall. Landscape is the default slide orientation when you start a new PowerPoint presentation. You can rotate the slides, but all slides in a PowerPoint presentation must have the same orientation. You can get around the problem, however, by linking together multiple presentations. This workaround allows you to create what looks like one large presentation with mixed slide orientations.

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  1. 1

    Launch PowerPoint 2010 by double-clicking its Desktop icon or choosing the PowerPoint option from your Start menu.

  2. 2

    Click "File," then "New," "Blank Presentation" and "Create" to create a new presentation. Click "File," then "Save As." Navigate to the desired folder, then type a file name and click "Save" to save the presentation.

  3. 3

    Create and save a second presentation, as outlined in the above step. Make sure both presentations are saved in the same folder; this will preserve the link between the presentations even if the folder gets moved.

  4. 4

    Change the slide orientation in one of the presentations. To rotate from landscape to portrait orientation, click the "Design" tab, then click "Slide Orientation" and "Portrait" in the Page Setup group. Save the presentation by clicking "File," then "Save."

  5. 5

    Decide whether the landscape-oriented or portrait-oriented presentation should go first, then select that document.

  6. 6

    Click the "Insert" tab, then click "Action" in the "Links" group. Click the "Mouse Click" or "Mouse Over" tab, then click "Hyperlink to." Select "Other PowerPoint Presentation" from the list of options.

  7. 7

    Select the second presentation and click "OK." If the presentation contains multiple slides, you can choose the exact slide you want to link to. Click "OK" again to confirm the slide selection.

Tips and warnings

  • You can follow the same steps for linking presentations together to link back to a slide in the first presentation. This will allow you to insert a few slides of one orientation and then go back to another orientation.

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