How to Make Google Slides Portrait

The steps in this guide are going to show you how to make Google Slides in portrait mode.

  • Switching to portrait mode from the landscape orientation in Google Slides requires you to change a setting on the Page Setup menu and adjust the slide size.
  • Google Slides doesn’t let you change the orientation of individual slides. If you have one portrait slide then the entire slide show needs to be in the portrait orientation.
  • ​You can download a copy of your Google Slides presentation in the Microsoft Powerpoint file format, or as a PDF. This article will show you how.

Google Slides doesn’t have a page orientation setting like you might find in other Google Apps such as Google Sheets or Google Docs. In fact, if you’ve tried to change a landscape slide to a portrait slide before, then you probably only found things like Widescreen 16:9 as options.

Microsoft Powerpoint users are likely familiar with how to change the orientation of their Powerpoint slides, as the option to do so can be found on the Slide Size menu of the Design tab in that application. However, the Google Slides version of that menu is lacking a similar choice.

Luckily you can switch from horizontal slides to vertical slides in Google Slides by taking advantage of the Custom Slide Size option. Our guide below will show you how.

How to Make Google Slides Portrait

The steps in this article were performed in the desktop version of the Google Chrome Web browser. If you are using the Google Slides app on an iPhone or Android device, then you won’t be able to adjust the slide orientation on those devices.

Step 1: Sign into your Google Drive at and open an existing Slides file or create a new presentation.

Step 2: Select the File tab at the top of the window.

open the File menu

Step 3: Choose the Page setup option.

open the Page setup menu

Step 4: Click the drop down menu and select the Custom option.

select the Custom slide size option

Step 5: Enter 8.5 into the Width field and 11 into the Height field, then click Apply.

how to make Google Slides portrait

Note that any existing content in your slide show will likely be re-positioned due to the change in the slide orientation.

This workaround for making Google Slides portrait assumes that you are creating slides meant for letter sized paper. If you are using a different size paper then you will need to adjust the custom slide size dimensions accordingly.

Find out how to make a landscape document in Google Docs if there are other files in Google Drive for which you need to change the orientation.

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