Resizing Your Presentation

Often, resizing your presentation presents no problem. Choose Design tab> Page Setup and choose the new size in the dialog box. But sometimes your graphics get distorted and misplaced. Here’s how to solve the problem.

  1. If you’ve already changed the page size, change the size back to its original setting.
  2. Choose File > Save As and make a copy of the presentation.
  3. In the copy, return to the Page Setup dialog box and change the page size as desired.
  4. Re-open the original presentation.
  5. Choose Window > Arrange All.
  6. Find a slide in the new presentation containing a distorted graphic and find the matching slide in the original presentation.
  7. In the original presentation, copy the graphic to the Clipboard.
  8. Click in the new presentation and delete the distorted graphic.
  9. Paste the graphic from the Clipboard.

Repeat steps 6-9 for all the distorted graphics. (Thanks to Steve Rindsberg for this tip.)

PowerPoint 2013 has a special feature that lets you resize a presentation and choose how you want the graphics to convert. Choose Slide Size on the Design tab.

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13 comments to Resizing Your Presentation

  • Nilesh

    I have make a PowerPoint Presentation and i have to Attach the Presentation in a Mail ,but its not able to Attach the file in a Mail because of the Size of Presentation ,Size of Presentation is near above 13mb ,so how to Re-size the Size of PowerPoint Presentation ,that I can Attach the file in a Mail.

  • Ed

    I often find myself printing screen captures from websites and then pasting them onto slides of presentations I am making. Each time I have to manually reduce the size of the page to get it to fit neatly within the borders of the slide. Is there a way to make this resizing take place automatically rather than to do it each time I import another web page?

    Thank you

  • You can select a picture placeholder and paste. The image will be resized to fit the placeholder. If the shape is different, PowerPoint crops the image.
    You may need to create a custom layout that includes a picture placeholder (not a content placeholder). See
    There’s some info about resizing and cropping images at
    Also, you might want to use a screen capture tool like SnagIt, which lets you resize the image before you save it.

  • Richard


    Hi. I see your nine steps to resizing, above, but my version of PowerPoint uses the ribbon instead of the old trusty menu bar. Step 3 therefore seems impossible, since I see no Page Setup option. Can you help? Thanks.

  • Ellen Finkelstein

    Richard, yes, this tip is very old! I should update it. Look on the Design tab; you should find the Page Setup there. In PowerPoint 2013, it’s called Slide Size.

    Just went back and updated it.

  • Hi,
    I have a problem I frequently run into and have found no elegant solution for:
    I give series of concert lectures using ppt presentations. In some venues, the screen is raised above the ensemble, and all is fine. In others, the screen reaches all the way down to the floor, and the projector is directed accordingly, the result being that the ensemble (myself included) gets in the way of the presentation. I normally shrink all the images and move them to the top half of the slides (I put a black box on the bottom half). But this is very time consuming. Is there any way to do this quickly for the entire presentation?

  • Perhaps you could change the slide size and see how that works. Is each one different slides? You could have 2 versions and update each separately. I don’t have any better idea.

  • Matt


    my girlfreind has made 200 ppt presentations for various teaching materials – they were done in the new PPT Office 2013 they are set to wide screen slide format, they do not project onto the smart boards (too small) they need to 4:3 ratio is there a quick way to resize the presentations – she has not set up any slide masters unfortunatley. Do you know of a solution other than manually re editing the presentation once the page size has been changed.

  • PowerPoint 2013 has a great feature that lets you resize in 2 ways — either maintain the integrity of the objects on the slide or squeeze them. Go to Design tab, Slide Size, choose Standard, and choose one of the options. Try each one to see the result. One will give the best result, but there will definitely be some manual adjustment necessary as well.

  • Heather

    I am making a PowerPoint slideshow for the 5th grade graduation. Our committee collected kindergarten and 5th grade pictures from all students to show side by side on a big screen behind them as they walk on stage to accept their certificates from the principal. The problem is some kids submitted very tiny pictures. When I enlarge them on my computer, they become jagged and distorted. Can I work around that or do I need to nag parents for larger pictures?

  • Natalie

    I am making an abstract ppt presentation for a veterinary congress. I have studied all available info about slide sizing and the tips concerning aspect ratios 4:3 and 16:9 and the differences between power point 2007, 2010, 2013. I cannot find any literature or tips on what the custom slide sizes are used for and if there is a relationship between slide size and projection screen size. I intend to project on a 48″ tv (aprox.60cm X 106cm). The widescreen choice sets by default not only the ratio but the slide size of the presentation on 25,4 X 14,29. Should I change that for a 48″ tv screen? Is there a connection in picture quality when the size is altered? Also, the projection technician told me to choose a 1080 X 1920 resolution for HD screens but there is no such choice in the settings in the power point. The highest available resolution is 1366 X 768. I am lost here and I can’t find anyone with a knowledgable answer…
    Thank you so much in advance for your answer..

  • Natalie, Custom slide sizes are used to create custom size slides, simple as that. For example, if you’re going to print out slides, you might want 8-1/2 x 11″ slides to use all of the paper. The relationship of the slide size and projection screen size is really only in relation to the proportions. If you have a wide screen that you’re projecting on, it’s good to have a wide screen slide or else you’ll get black bars. I’m not an expert of resolution, but I don’t believe there’s any difference (or much difference) when you make the slide size bigger. However, if you’re including photos, you do want them to be high-resolution enough so that they look good when enlarged on the screen. 1080 x 1920 is a 9:16 ratio, which is widescreen. The widescreen slide size setting in PowerPoint is also 9:16, so you should be fine.

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