Why does Storyline change my font size when I import a ppt deck?

May 29, 2013

I've been fighting with Storyline for the better part of the afternoon trying to get the font size I need. I imported a ppt file and the fonts were exactly as I needed them, but after the import Storyline decided to change the size and even though it's telling me (after I make the font bigger) that it is the size I want... it's not at all when I look at the Preview version. It's barely big enough to read. What can I do to fix this issue? Thanks!

19 Replies
Patinya Pinyoboon

I've tried exporting Powertpoint into picture and see it's resolution. Not sure if this is precisely the PowerPoint's native resolution

4 : 3 = 960 x 720 px

16: 9 = 1,280 x 720 px

Given that I preset the Storyline slide size accordingly, I still need to manually adjust the font size. Yet,at least, I  found that I can adjust the font size in Storyline to the same pt as that in PowerPoint and achieve the same look as PowerPoint. 

Ali Goulet

Hey Ankit!

I've seen this happen when the PowerPoint slide size doesn't match the Storyline slide size, Storyline will scale the slide items to fit into the new slide size. 

For the best results, change your slide size in Storyline to match your PowerPoint slide size before importing. Click here for details.

Let me know if that does the trick!

simondavide tritto

I have the same issue; my native slide size in powerpoint is widescreen (16:9) and so is in Storyline, but I get the font size basically halved (28 becomes 14.5); I tried to edit the slide master and set all fonts back to original size, but still the slides show smaller fonts; again an easy thing that gives you hard times...

Katie Riggio

So sorry you've come across the same issue, Simondavide. We can help!

To start, can I confirm that you're working locally (typically the C: drive)? Working on a network drive or an external (USB) drive is known to cause wonky behavior–like incorrect sizing.

Can you also share the PowerPoint file with me, so I can take a closer look? Need to share it privately? No problem, here's how!

simondavide tritto


thanks for your reply.
All my files are locally stored on my laptop (no USB stick or network drive).
To be honest, any powerpoint file I import gets spoiled by SL360; I even tried to import the bare template (to simplify the use case) and even there all text boxes' fonts are changed (smaller).
Not only, I use a text box in the footer with a logo text and in that case the text does not get resized but the text box gets smaller so the text is broken on 2 lines.
This is even worse becasu, being the box part of the template, I cannot even modify it after importing.
I frankly do not understand why it seems SL360 has to do lots of reworking over the slides instead of a plain import with little/no modifications.
I'll try to upload my template privately as per your suggestion so you might have a look at your convenience.
I'm still in the evaluation phase of the tool and I absolutely want to avoid unnecessary reworking of the slides after importing them; I must keep the process lean, so ideally I need to go straight from powerpoint to SL360 with no retouch.
Thanks in advance for your help, cheers,


Katie Riggio

Hi there, Simone. I agree with you: efficiency all the way! 🌟

Appreciate you sharing your PowerPoint file with me, and thanks for confirming you're working locally. I just sent you a recording of my testing in your case–let's continue our conversation there, and I'll also post any important updates as the case progresses in this discussion!

Additionally, here are some pro-tips for importing PowerPoint and Presenter content into Storyline 360 that may be useful for you and anyone else who comes across this topic. Thanks again for giving us the opportunity to lend you a hand, Simone!

Will Findlay

So I remembered about Google... and this site (https://www.presentationpoint.com/blog/best-powerpoint-screen-resolution/) essentially says to multiply each value by the dpi of the screen which is usually 96. So if my slide size is 10 inches x 5.625 inches, then 10x96 is 960 and 5.625x96 is 540. So that would be 960x540.

Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Will,

Powerpoint measures in inches depending on your Windows regional settings, and I don't believe there is a way to change that within the Powerpoint setting. With Storyline we have it set to pixels knowing that's a bit easier for folks looking to compare that with their image size, screen resolutions, etc. Glad you were able to find a conversion method - there's a bunch of calculators too where you could enter that info in! 

Lauren Connelly

Hello Michael!

There is a list of elements that aren't compatible between Presenter and PowerPoint and vice versa, but fonts and colors aren't included in that list.

Can you share the PowerPoint with us to better understand what might be getting in the way? You can attach it to this discussion or upload it privately in a support case. 

Johnna Hodges

I too would like to know if there has been any progress or updates on this issue because I am currently experiencing this same frustrating thing.  I am working locally with PowerPoint and Articulate.   I am using a standard font.  Both the PP and SL are widescreen in size (16:9). When I import my slides to Storyline, all the fonts shrink.    I have to manually fix the fonts on each slide because Master slide edits don't help.   Thanks very much.

Mike Enders

Hey Johnna,

If your PowerPoint presentation is set at the standard Widescreen (13.3333 x 7.5 inches), then you'll need to set Storyline to 16:9, choose a custom slide size and set Storyline to 1280x720 (as Will points out above). Then import the PowerPoint slide into SL. 

The font sizes should then match. Another potential issue is the dpi on your machine. That can also throw things off. A dpi of 96 is what I'm assuming in the above settings.