Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Customizing Your Presentation’s Design
INSIDE OUT Create a slide show that mixes orientations
You know how we just said you can’t mix slides of different orientations in a
presentation? That’s technically true, but there is a workaround in the event you need to show
a few slides in a different orientation from those in the rest of the deck. The trick is
to link two different slide shows, each created using a different orientation. Create an
object on the first slide that you can click while in Slide Show view. With that object
selected, click the Action command on the Insert tab. On either tab (Mouse Click or
Mouse Over), choose Other PowerPoint Presentation from the Hyperlink To menu. On
the last slide of the second presentation, create a similar object with an action that
returns to the first presentation, at the slide immediately following the one where
you left. (For more on how to create action settings, see “Inserting Action Buttons” on
page 675.)
For presentations that will be making their debut on the big screen—or at least in a
widescreen format—you might need to adjust the aspect ratio. For example, you might want to
change this setting if you discover that you’ll be presenting your senior project on a
widescreen display in the auditorium instead of a standard-definition TV in the teacher’s lounge
as you originally planned. Most presentations are formatted using a 4:3 aspect ratio, which
was originally designed to display well using an 800x600 resolution on an old-school SVGA
computer monitor or projector, or a standard-definition TV. On a widescreen display, the
aspect ratio is typically 16:9 (for a 1080p or 1080i HDTV with a native resolution of 1920 x
1080) or 16:10 (for computer monitors with a native resolution of 1920 x 1200).
To make this crucial change, use the Page Setup dialog box, which you can access from the
Design tab. As shown in Figure 18-21, you can adjust your presentation’s aspect ratio using
the Slides Sized For list.
Figure 18-21 Adjust the page size for a printed presentation and the on-screen aspect ratio in
the Page Setup dialog.
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