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    Mixing slide "modes" in a presentation - portrait and landscape

    I want to know how to mix portrait and landscape slides in a single presentation. PowerPoint's default is landscape orientation for its slides. I have one slide that is better viewed in portrait orientation, but when I change the "orientation" of the slide, it affects the whole presentation. Is there a way to mix slide orientations in a PowerPoint presentation? If so, how do I do this. Thanks in advance for help with this.

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    Thanks Bruce. Again, it seems that I have uncovered one of Microsoft's undocumented features. This is just too much work to worry about for a presentation that is only 8 slides long. I will just go with portrait orientation for the whole group. Why the ability to mix and match slide orientation isn't an intrinsic part of the application - something I will never understand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron M View Post
    I want to know how to mix portrait and landscape slides in a single presentation.
    This had me intrigued, so at risk of appearing simple: in what presentation situation would you want to mix slides? If you are showing on a screen (computer or projector), then it will have a particular aspect ratio, which one would think would lend itself to a particular orientation, eg landscape if it is wider than it is tall. In that case, then a portrait-type image (say of a person standing) just won't fill the width of the screen. If that is unacceptable, and you want to show them horizontally, to get more detail in, then you just rotate the image. What have I missed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mngerhold View Post
    This had me intrigued, so at risk of appearing simple: in what presentation situation would you want to mix slides? If you are showing on a screen (computer or projector), then it will have a particular aspect ratio, which one would think would lend itself to a particular orientation, eg landscape if it is wider than it is tall. In that case, then a portrait-type image (say of a person standing) just won't fill the width of the screen. If that is unacceptable, and you want to show them horizontally, to get more detail in, then you just rotate the image. What have I missed?
    I do know all about orientations, aspects ratios and all that stuff having given hundreds of PP presentation during my professional career, al in landscape mode, so that sort of thing is not the problem or the issue. I am taking a course in Photoshop and our final "project" is to design a movie poster - 8.5"x11" - portrait mode. We have been given a number of movies to choose from together with a set of jpg slides unique to each movie and an open set of jpg slides that we can use, or not. We also have the freedom to go out to the web and find additional material provided it is licence free. When complete, we have to do a short 6 to 8 minute presentation to the class. Being familiar with PowerPoint, but not having used it for a long time (I'm retired), nevertheless, it is still my "go to" app for presentations. The presentation can be given on "landscape" oriented slides as are most presentations, but I wanted to be able to project the movie poster as a "portrait" mode slide as this gives more allowance to its actual "shape. Portrait mode objects project better when on a portrait mode slide than they do when on a landscape mode slide - that's really all there is to it.

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    No, I still don't get it! Will your presentation (when in landscape mode) use the full height of the available display space (presumably a screen)? If so, then any picture that fills the same height is all you can manage. It is trivial to ensure the blank space either side is black/dark. Sorry for being thick here, so don't waste any time trying to enlighten me (unless it's easy). Martin

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