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Kessler Associates blog: PowerPoint 16:9

Not too long ago, a client requested a widescreen version of a PowerPoint template. The first thought was along the lines of 'is that even possible?', but it quickly became apparent that it was.

Many PowerPoint users may not even be aware that a standard-format PowerPoint slide is set to the computer equivalent of a television's 4:3 screen ratio format. This is 1.33 times as wide as it is tall, and is usually called 4:3 because its width is four-thirds of its height.

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A 4:3 screen ratio is the pre-1990s, pre-digital tv picture format that is now looking slightly old-fashioned. On modern televisions it fills the screen from top to bottom, leaving black borders on the left and right of the picture.

Modern tv programmes are made for a widescreen display which is set at 16:9 (other formats are available but these are usually reserved for feature films). This normally means having a thin black border at the top and bottom of the screen on some televisions (especially older ones).

The same is true of PowerPoint, although the 4:3 ratio probably doesn't look especially outdated yet. In fact it is still widely used, perhaps almost universally. Even so, standard-format presentations may not be enough when PowerPoint presentations can easily be displayed on widescreen televisions and monitors these days, so in many cases only a 16:9 ratio presentation will do.

So using 16:9 PowerPoint templates and presentations is clearly the way forward. That's great for new work, but what about older documents?

If you have an existing PowerPoint presentation, you should first make sure that it fits the standard 4:3 ratio which is now regularly required for standard display. Then you will either need a widescreen version of that presentation or it will need to be adapted. Adaptation means having all of the existing content repositioned, because PowerPoint won't do that automatically for you. It's a relatively simple process that Kessler Associates would be happy to handle for you.

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A large number of sample slide designs can be set up for you to cover all eventualities when it comes to creating your PowerPoint presentations

Some graphics may have to be re-created or edited to allow them to fit or display properly, so it's best to get help. Luckily for you, we can also provide a complete design service for your PowerPoint templates, making sure the product will reflect your company image in the best possible way.

More detailed information is available via PDFs from the PowerPoint templates page.

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