Some PowerPoint Presentations may require the use of both portrait and landscape orientation. However, by default the entire orientation of a presentation can be either in Landscape or Portrait. To use both orientations in a single presentation you can link PowerPoint files. Let’s take a look at the method by which you can use both Portrait and Landscape orientation in the same PowerPoint presentation.

Note: In this example we will use two PowerPoint files (Presentation A and Presentation B) and link slides together to use both orientations in PowerPoint. The below instructions can be used with PowerPoint 2013 and also older versions like PowerPoint 2010.


Step 1: In the first step, save both PowerPoint files to a single folder and launch Presentation A. Placing both presentations in the same folder will ensure that the linking remains intact, even if the presentation is moved (e.g. when copied to a CD).

  • PowerPoint 2010: Now, go to the Design tab and click Slide Orientation and select Portrait.
  • PowerPoint 2013: For PowerPoint 2013, go to Design -> Customize -> Slide Size -> Standard.

Select Orientation

Step 2: Click on an image or placeholder in Presentation A and select Insert -> Links -> Actions.



Step 3: From the Mouse Click or Mouse Over tab, click Hyperlink to and select Other PowerPoint Presentation from the drop down menu. Select Presentation B from this dialog box that opens up.

Select Presentation B

Step 4: In the dialog box that shows up, choose the slide that you want to link and then click OK.

Select Slide

Using Linked Slides in Presentations

As you can see from the image shown below, the word “Problem” has been hyperlinked with Presentation B. This presentation slide is running in the Standard (Portrait) orientation, whereas, clicking on the linked object “(in this case the word Problem), will launch the next slide in Widescreen (Landscape) orientation.

Launch The Presentation A (in Portrait Orientation) in Slideshow Mode And Click Linked Object

Portrait Orientation

This Will Display Slide From Presentation B in Landscape Orientation

Landscape Orientation

Using the above mentioned method you can link different slides and create interactive presentations to display different slides from different PowerPoint files in separate orientations (for a single presentation).