Use book and landscape slides in the same presentation

PowerPoint has the option to display slides in landscape orientation (which is the default setting) or in portrait orientation. However, both options cannot be used in the same presentation. You have to choose one or the other. The good news is that there is a solution to this situation by creating two separate presentations; one in landscape orientation and one in portrait position.

The instructions in this article apply to PowerPoint 2019, PowerPoint 2016, PowerPoint 2013, PowerPoint 2010, and PowerPoint for Office 365.

  1. Create presentations
  2. Link from landscape to portrait orientation
  3. Link from portrait to landscape

Create presentations

To use slides in both landscape and landscape orientation, create two separate presentation files. Landscape slides are placed in one PowerPoint presentation, and portrait slides are placed in a second PowerPoint presentation.

Then link the two presentations together using the action settings from one slide in the landscape presentation to the next you want (the portrait slide) which is in the second presentation (and vice versa).

The final slideshow will run perfectly and your audience won’t notice anything out of the ordinary except that the new slide has a different page orientation.

To change the orientation of the slides in your presentation, go to Design select Slide Size: and select Custom Slide Size

  1. Create a folder and save any files you add to this slideshow, including any sound files and photos you place in your presentation.

  2. Make two different presentations. Make one in landscape and one in portrait. Then save them in the folder you created in step 1.

  3. Create all the necessary slides in each of your presentations. Add portrait style slides to your portrait presentation and landscape slides to your landscape presentation.

Link from landscape to portrait orientation

To switch from landscape to portrait mode during a slide show, select a text object, photo, or other image on the slide and follow these steps: Clicking this text or object during the slide show opens the portrait slide.

  1. Go to Insert

  2. Select Action in the link group.

  3. Select tab mouse click or move your mouse

  4. Select Hyperlink to Click down arrow and select Another PowerPoint presentation

  5. Locate the standing presentation file in the new folder, select it and choose Open

  6. Select the correct slide from the list of slides in this presentation.

  7. double tap Okay to close dialog boxes. The slide in the landscape presentation is now linked to the portrait slide, the next slide in your presentation.

Link from portrait to landscape

Follow the same steps as above to move from the portrait slide to the next landscape slide.

Then repeat this process for all other occasions when you need to switch from a horizontal slide to a portrait slide.

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