When you create a new presentation, the slide size defaults to a widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio in PowerPoint 2013 and later. In earlier versions of PowerPoint, it defaults to a standard 4:3 aspect ratio.

The good news is that Articulate Presenter supports custom slide sizes, so you're free to use any size you want in PowerPoint.

Changing Your Slide Size

First, open the slide size window in PowerPoint:

PowerPoint 2013 or 2016

Go to the Design tab on the PowerPoint ribbon, click Slide Size, and choose Custom Slide Size.

PowerPoint 2010

Go to the Design tab on the PowerPoint ribbon and click Page Setup.

 

Then, use the following options to adjust the size and orientation of your presentation:

Slides sized for

Choose a predefined size from the drop-down list.

Width

Enter a specific value for the slide width.

Height

Enter a specific value for the slide height.

Number slides from

This item doesn't affect your Presenter course.

Orientation—Slides

Choose either Portrait or Landscape. (This option will automatically change if you adjust the Width and Height values.)

Orientation—Notes, Handouts & Outline

This item doesn't affect your Presenter course.

 

Tip: It's best to change your presentation size before you add any content. Otherwise, you may need to resize or rearrange objects in your presentation to accommodate its new size.

How Player Features Affect Published Size

The overall size of your published output will be slightly larger than your slide dimensions. That's because the player (the interface around the perimeter of your slides) adds some width and height.

The player adds up to 260 pixels to the width and up to 118 pixels to the height, depending on the player features you choose. See the following table for details.

You can also enable and disable player features on a slide by slide basis, but the course size will remain the same for all slides—i.e., each player feature adds some width or height to your published course, even if it’s only used on a single slide.

Player Feature

Width

Height

Player frame (with or without player features)

+20 pixels

+20 pixels

Title or duration

 

+23 pixels

One or more topbar tabs

 

+24 pixels

Volume controller, seekbar, or navigation buttons

 

+51 pixels

Sidebar

+240 pixels

 

 

Here’s an example: If your slide size is 720 x 405 and you enable the navigation buttons and sidebar, the overall dimensions of your published course are 980 x 476. Here’s the breakdown:

 

Width

Height

Slide size

720 pixels

405 pixels

Player frame

+20 pixels

+20 pixels

Navigation buttons

 

+51 pixels

Sidebar

+240 pixels

 

Published Course Dimensions

980 pixels

476 pixels

 

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