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Choosing the Slide Size
Choosing the Slide Size
By default, slides in PowerPoint 2013 presentations are 16:9 ratio widescreen
slides. In previous versions of PowerPoint, slides were 4:3 ratio standard
size. The new, widescreen slide size is meant to accommodate modern
letterbox computer screens, which are wider than they were in the past.
To change the size of the slides in a presentation, go to the Design tab and
click the Slide Size button. Then, on the drop-down list, choose Standard
(4:3), choose Widescreen (16:9), or choose Custom Slide Size and choose a
different size in the Slide Size dialog box.
All slides in a presentation must be the same size. Sorry, you can’t mix and
match slides of different sizes.
Using Master Slides and Master Styles
for a Consistent Design
Consistency is everything in a PowerPoint design. Consistency of design is
a sign of professionalism and care. In a consistent design, the fonts and font
sizes on slides are consistent from one slide to the next, the placeholder
text frames are in the same positions, and the text is aligned the same way
across different slides. In the bulleted lists, each entry is marked with the
same bullet character. If the corner of each slide shows a company logo, the
logo appears in the same position.
It would be torture to have to examine every slide to make sure it is
consistent with the others. In the interest of consistency, PowerPoint offers master
styles and master slides. A master slide is a model slide from which the
slides in a presentation inherit their formats. A master style is a format that
applies to many different slides. Starting from a master slide, you can change
a master style and in so doing, reformat many slides the same way. These
pages explain how master slides can help you quickly redesign a
Switching to Slide Master view
To work with master slides, switch to Slide Master view, as shown in Figure
2-8. From this view, you can start working with master slides:
1. Go to the View tab.
2. Click the Slide Master button.
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