Slide Aspect Ratio: Widescreen Defaults in PowerPoint

Created: Friday, April 12, 2019, posted by Geetesh at 1:09 pm

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For many of us who are living in a world with widescreen displays and projectors, this may be a blessing, but many others may not feel as blessed! Worse, there’s no obvious way for you to change these defaults so that you can always have 4:3 slides rather than 16:9. Microsoft probably made this change since Widescreen is the common format for current displays nowadays, but to provide no option to choose an aspect ratio at the time of creating a slide is akin to providing zero control to the user.

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Widescreen Defaults in PowerPoint 2016

Widescreen Defaults in PowerPoint 2013

Widescreen Defaults in PowerPoint

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