How to avoid image distortion on portrait slides in PowerPoint

If you’re using PowerPoint and wondering if there’s a way to change the page orientation in a slide layout without distorting the images, you can. Here are some tips for doing this.

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  1. Change the layout before inserting an image
  2. If your presentation orientation is already set
  3. Create a slideshow with two different presentations

Change the layout before inserting an image

If you change the layout to portrait last to insert an image, the image is only inserted to fit the width of the slide (assuming the image is already large enough), but the background of the slide is displayed at the top and bottom of the slide.

With this method, it may be a good idea to change the background of your slides to solid black so that only the image appears on the screen during the slideshow. You can also add any title you want that will also appear on the slide.

If your presentation orientation is already set

Unfortunately, if you’ve already created your presentation in landscape, you’ll need to re-insert all your photos. Or try another solution.

  1. Right click on the birdhouse.

  2. Select Size and position… in the context menu that appears.

  3. In the Format Picture dialog box, select the check box under . from Scale which says Relative to the original image size.

  4. Press the button Reset and then the button close to . This will return the image to its original proportions.

  5. You can then crop or resize the photo to fit on the slide.

Create a slideshow with two different presentations

You can also create a slideshow of two (or more) presentations – one with portrait slides and one with landscape slides.

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