Google Slides, an alternative to Microsoft Powerpoints, is a free web-based presentation program. Its user base has been growing over the years, and with new features being brought in, you can expect the trend to continue.
One of the drawbacks of Google Slides is the inability to change the orientation to portrait. There is no direct option or method to do it. However, you can change the orientation to portrait through the ‘Page setup’ in the file menu.
Before we proceed to the method, we must understand the need for a portrait or vertical orientation. For instance, you made a presentation for a specific display device but the display dimensions have been changed. In such a case, you may want to change the orientation from landscape (default orientation) to portrait/vertical.
Making a Google Slide Vertical
To change the orientation, open Google Slides. The default orientation is landscape, with an aspect ratio of 16:9.
After you open the presentation, click on ‘File’ at the top-left corner under the file name.
Scroll down and select ‘Page setup’ from the menu.
Click on the box that displays the current orientation and aspect ratio.
You can select any of the first three options to change the aspect ratio, but it won’t change the orientation. To change the orientation to portrait/vertical, click on ‘Custom’.
You can now see the current slide dimensions in the first two boxes and the measurement unit in the third one. If you reverse the dimensions, the orientation will change accordingly. Therefore, interchange the values in the first two boxes.
After you interchange the values, click on ‘Apply’ at the bottom.
The slide orientation is changed to portrait/vertical. You can see that the height of the slide is more in comparison to the width, which is opposite to the earlier orientation.
Now you can easily change the orientation of a slide in Google Slides as per your requirement.