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We listen to what you have to say, so we know that many of you want to use both portrait (shown here as image 1) and landscape slide orientation (image 2) in the same presentation. It makes sense, and presentations with both orientations look great.
And while we don't like to deliver news that you might not want to hear, a single PowerPoint presentation can't contain both. It has to be one or the other. Hopefully, we saved you some time by just coming out and saying that.
Now for the good news - there's a workaround that you can use to make it look like one presentation contains both landscape and portrait orientation. And even better, your audience will never know the difference. We know it's not an ideal solution, but hopefully it'll help. Here's how it works:
By default, PowerPoint 2003, 2007, and 2010 presentations are set up in landscape orientation. But you can link two presentations (one in landscape, and the other in portrait) to display both portrait and landscape slides in what appears to be one presentation.
Note Place both presentations in the same folder before you create links. That way, if the folder is copied to a CD or moved, the presentations will still link correctly. To change all the slides in your presentation to portrait orientation, on the Design tab, in the Page Setup group, click Slide Orientation, and then click Portrait.
First, create a link from the first presentation to the second presentation:
Second, create a link from the second presentation back to the first presentation:
Note Place both presentations in the same folder before you create links. That way, if the folder is copied to a CD or moved, the presentations will still link correctly.
-- Erik Jensen
Or you could create various portrait and landscape slides,save them as pdfs, then upload them into Prezi. Then your whole presentation will flow together. Plus you can add other things and do some cool zooming :)
Ivan, I have not tried the method that you mention, but thanks for writing in and sharing it with our readers.
So, will the feature be addressed in a future edition?
We don’t comment on future versions of PowerPoint, but our engineering team is very aware of this issue, and we appreciate you writing in about it.
I have been able to make presentations with a combination of vertical and horizontal slides mixed together for a long time using earlier versions of PowerPoint. In version 3, I was able to "import" slides with a different orientation into my presentation including a totally different background, color and font layout than the other slides with no problem. The other slides were not altered. Is this limiation something new in Version 7? -sherman6789
@Sherman6789, no, this is not limited to PowerPoint 2010. Here are workaround instructions for PowerPoint 2003, 2007, and 2010:
If you have another workaround that you would like to share with our readers, leave a comment in the Comment section. And thanks for writing in.
Thank you so much for showing me this tips for a portrait and landscape representation.I will definitely check your future posts because it was really interesting to read this post.
Well this would be a great workaround if it actually worked. I have landscape and portrait pictures that I want to present as one slideshow. I go to the landscape presentation ('first presentation') and creating that link goes well. The problem arises when I go to the portrait presentation ('second presentation') to the slide number identified by the link in the first presentation. I'm adding a picture and I don't want anything else in the slide, so the LINK menu (and subsequent ACTION menu item) are grayed out. When I add a block to the second presentation I can create the back-link, but when I go to slide show, it doesn't work.
Which presentation do I run slideshow from, first or second or doesn't it matter? Of course this blog is just parroting what is already in the help file. Why even create a blog if you're just repeating what's in the help file?
Hi edoctor - I just created two presentations in PowerPoint 2010 - one is a portrait presentation and one is a landscape presenation. And by adding action buttons that link to specific slides between the two presentations, I am able to get the result the author of the blog intended. I'll test some more to see if Ican repro your outcome. Stay tuned.
Edoctor - also to answer your question about which presentation is first. You specifiy which slide in a presentation that you want to start with, and then using action buttons, link between the slides as per the order you specify.
edoctor, make sure you have the picture selected when you try to make the link. Those link and action buttons are only disabled when no valid obejct is selected.
@edoctor, quickly, you're right about this being in Help already. But since our research indicates that people want to know how to do it, we figured it would be best to advertise in as many places as possible. Thanks for writing in, and stay tuned for the answers to your other questions.
edoctor - I had a co-worker try to reproduce your results too - and neither he or I could. Were you able to get this to work for you afterall?
I now see chmalon's response. Perhaps that's the issue. Thanks. --joym