August 6, 2013

Adjusting the Page Format in PowerPoint to a 16:9 Screen

The 16:9 formatting is becoming more and more popular. This is due to the effect that watching videos on a full HD screen with 16:9 formatting makes an ordinary movie clip feel like a real cinema experience. This makes sense in regard to the fact that a human’s range of sight resembles the 16:9 formatting – making it the most natural and comfortable viewing option. No wonder that our computer screens in our working environments have adapted as well. Of course it makes sense to adapt the programs we work with as well – presenting a PowerPoint presentation, for example, just makes a great impression in cinematic formatting. To adapt your presentation into a 16:9 format is relatively easy – if it is done correctly.

How to Correctly Adapt the 16:9 Page Layout

Note: Even though via the tab “page setup” the formatting can be changed to 16:9 with just one mouse click, the crux is that the height of the PowerPoint slide will be reduced in size proportion to the width of the slide. Especially when changing from 4:3 to 16:9, this can create problems with the scaling of the objects; they may appear large, contorted or blurred.


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The cleaner way to adapt the presentation is thus to manually setup the page.

This Is How:

1) Click on the tab “Design” and “Page Setup”.

2) A window opens in which you may manually insert the width to 33,86cm and the height to 19,05 cm. Now just click OK.


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