How to Do Vertical & Horizontal Slides in PowerPoint

By Ryan Menezes

A presentation can combine multiple PowerPoint files.
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A PowerPoint 2010 presentation can either use a portrait orientation, which arranges the slides vertically, or a landscape orientation, which arranges them horizontally. By default, PowerPoint slide layouts are set up in landscape orientation. As a business owner, you want to create a presentation that will best serve your audience, whether you are speaking to customers (or prospective clients) or to your employees. No single presentation can contain both vertical and horizontal slides. If you want to include both types of slides, Microsoft recommends that you create two presentations and link one to the other. For example, a presentation that consists entirely of vertical slides may cut briefly to a second presentation that embeds a printed report onto a slide.

Create a new PowerPoint file. Click "Slide Orientation" in the ribbon's Design tab and click "Portrait."

Create a second PowerPoint file. Click "Slide Orientation" in the ribbon's Design tab and click "Landscape."

Save both files in a single folder on your computer.

Scroll to a slide in one of the presentations. Click "Shapes" in the ribbon's Insert tab, click a shape and drag the mouse over the slide to add the shape as a button. You are doing this to create a link between the two presentations.

Press "Ctrl-K" to open the Action Settings dialog box.

Click "Hyperlink to" and select "Other PowerPoint Presentation" in the drop-down box to open a dialog box named "Hyperlink to Other PowerPoint Presentation."

Navigate to and select the second PowerPoint presentation.

Repeat the process with the second file to add a button linking to the first presentation.

Run the first presentation. Click the button to open the second presentation and then click the second button to return to the first file.


Place both landscape and portrait files into a single folder on your computer before you create the links. Doing this will enable your files to link correctly, even if you copy your folder to a CD or if you move the folder.