Many of you may have noticed that the image on the screen in the classrooms is now wider than it is tall (much like a movie screen or newer television). This ratio of wide to tall is called "Screen Ratio". The standard that many of you are used to is 4:3. This is an image that is nearly square, much like older televisions. Unfortunately, though this screen ratio is little in use anymore, most PowerPoint slides are still being made to this ratio meaning either your slides don't fill the screen, or are stretched wide in an unappealing manner. So, what do we do???
In Powerpoint, you can change your slides to be 16:9. This is much closer to the actual ratio of your image in the classroom (and on most of your computers as well). Do change the screen ratio:
1. Open PowerPoint
- Open PowerPoint
- Click on the Design tab at the top of the application
- Click on Page Setup
- Under "Slides sized for" select "On-screen Show (16:9)
Now your slides will be the right size and ratio. Please note: Most slides will look okay, but some are very likely to look very bad. PowerPoint will do its best to move things around to fit, but it's not usually very good at it. So, if you resize your slides, be sure to build in some time to tweak them all to make them look good.
If you make new slides, be sure to change to the new 16:9 ratio before you start designing your slides, and everything will turn out alright.
If you've got any questions about this, reach out to the Media Geeks. We're always happy to help!