When you open a new PowerPoint presentation, the slides are horizontal by default. However, you can change them to vertical orientation in a few simple steps. Here’s how to switch your slides from landscape to portrait layout.
Change Slides from Landscape to Portrait
First, open your PowerPoint presentation. In the “Customize” group of the “Design” tab, select “Slide Size.” Click “Custom Slide Size” (“Page Setup” on Mac) in the drop-down menu.
The “Slide Size” dialog box appears. In the “Slides” group of the “Orientation” section, select the radio button next to Portrait or Landscape, and then click “OK.”
A new dialog box appears. Here, you can maximize or resize the content so it fits the slide’s new orientation. Select the option that works best for you, and you’re all done!
Use Vertical and Horizontal Slides in the Same Presentation
Microsoft doesn’t provide this functionality. But if you link two presentations together, you can create the illusion that both landscape and portrait slides are in the same slideshow.
Keep in mind that once you link two presentations together, you break that link if you move either of them to a different location. To prevent this, move both presentations into the same folder before you link them.
In this example, we assume the first presentation has landscape slides, and the second has portrait. We open the first presentation and navigate to the slide from which we want to create the link. Once there, we select an object to use to insert the link. You can insert a link in text, images, or objects.
To illustrate our point, we’ll use a text box.
Next, we navigate to the “Links” group under the “Insert” tab and select “Action.”
In the “Action Settings” dialog box that appears, we select the radio button next to “Hyperlink to.” We open the drop-down menu, and then select “Other PowerPoint Presentation.”
File explorer should open. We select the presentation to which we want to link, and then click “OK.”
Back at the “Actions Settings” dialog box, the file path of the second presentation should appear in the “Hyperlink to” box. If everything looks good, click “OK.”
The link now shows up in the selected object.
When you click this link, it seamlessly transitions you to the second presentation. In Slide Show view, this creates the illusion that you have slides of both orientations in the same slideshow.
However, if you want to return to presentation one, you must link back to it from presentation two.
Vertical video has been a problem for years, with services like IGTV seemingly exacerbating it. Motorola wants to stop it from ever happening again with a brilliant new feature on its forthcoming One Action.
The feature itself is baked right into the name: Action. Like so many other modern phones, the One Action has a triple camera array on the back, but unlike other phones, one of them is an action cam. You know, kind of like a GoPro-type camera…just in a smartphone.
This unique camera features a 16 MP sensor and is only able to capture video (so, no pictures). It has enhanced stabilization to keep that video smooth and—here’s the kicker—a rotated sensor inside of the phone so it can shoot landscape video in portrait orientation. It’s so genius I honestly can’t believe that it hasn’t been done before. (And don’t get me wrong here—there is a time and place for vertical video. Most people just don’t know when or where that place is. Heh.)
That means you’ll be able to hold the phone comfortably—portrait, horizontal, upright…whatever you want to call it—and still be able to shoot landscape videos. In a world where smartphones can be called “boring” and are seemingly uninspired most of the time, this is a truly unique feature that should be surprisingly useful. Unlike the gimmicky crap most manufactures throw into their phones in the name of “innovation.” Nice work, Motorola.
As for the other cameras, it has a 12 MP primary camera and 5 MP depth shooter for portrait mode and whatnot. Past this, the One Action is an otherwise decidedly mid-range handset, with a Samsung Exynos 9609 processor, 4 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage, and rear fingerprint sensor. It also has a 6.3-inch 21:9 FHD+ display and 12 MP hole-punch front camera. Oh, and yeah—it has a headphone jack. Wild.
For software, it will run Android One in Brazil, Mexico, and Europe. It will get Motorola’s usual treatment on top of Android Pie (9.0) in the United States. Motorola is also guaranteeing at least two major updates—Android Q and R—for the One Action, which is a pleasant surprise (assuming they stand behind this promise).
It launches today in Mexico, Brazil, and “various European countries” for €259, with Latin America and Asia Pacific coming soon. For the US and Canada, the One Action is expected to launch in October, though there’s no pricing info just yet.
Do you have to spend a lot of money to get ergonomic gear for your computer? No. But you do have to make a few compromises. That’s the idea behind iClever’s vertical mouse.
Here’s What We Like
Nice and comfy
USB dongle stows away
And What We Don’t
No software options
Mushy thumb buttons
This sub-$20 gadget can’t compete with the likes of the excellent Logitech MX Vertical or its contemporaries. But if all you need is some relief from your wrist-based repetitive stress injury, the iClever’s got you covered.
It handles the basic duty of lifting your hand off the mouse pad and turning it to a more natural position. I used the iClever for hours of desktop work per day and was just as comfy as I was with the more expensive options.
The iClever lacks creature comforts, though. Thankfully, it’s wireless—wrangling a mouse cable sort of defeats the purpose. But it limits you to a standard, 2.4 GHz USB receiver with no Bluetooth option. You also have to dig out two, AAA batteries (not included) to get it working. And if you want advanced key binds or super-specific customization, you won’t find it here, as there’s no software to be found.
But the basics are here. The wheel spins and clicks, and there are backward and forward buttons for your thumb. There’s a button to adjust the sensitivity of the 2400 DPI optical sensor with four hard-coded presets. The mouse is light and slick on a pad, and the buttons are shockingly quiet if you want to be unobtrusive at the office. In short, it works!
There are some bright spots. For instance, there’s a nice little groove for your pinky to help keep your hand in the right position. If you travel with your gear, there’s also a hidey-hole for the USB dongle near the battery bay. And most ergonomic mice are likely to go on a walk as people usually opt for them instead of using a trackpad.
As a budget-conscious alternative to the de facto picks, the iClever Vertical Mouse will serve you fine. Grab it if you occasionally need a break from your regular mouse or are strapped for cash.
Wrist pain can be a real problem, especially if you use a computer every day. Anyone who has suffered from carpal tunnel understands how crucial good wrist health is.
Ergonomic devices aimed at providing comfort and relief from pain are a great solution to these problems. Vertical mice can be a great help to some, and in my case, they were the only kind of ergonomic mouse that helped.
Here are the best vertical mice available today to help you keep your wrist in good health!
For a fully featured wired vertical mouse, it is hard to fault the J-Tech Digital Scroll Endurance. For a low priced mouse you’ll never need to find batteries for, it’ll do everything you ask of it.
Sensitivity is adjustable between 600/1000/1600 DPI, and the mouse is available in two sizes to fit all hand sizes. J-Tech also provides a non-slip detachable palm rest for the mouse. Palm rests for mice are a point of contention, but in this case, after a brief period of adjustment, the comfort outweighs the disadvantages in almost all cases except gaming.
The Anker 2.4G Wireless Vertical Optical Mouse is a firm favorite for vertical mice users on the go. The device has a small form factor while retaining an ergonomic shape, and uses AAA batteries rather than a fixed internal battery.
While some might see this as a limitation rather than a feature, even heavy users can expect months of usage due to low power usage and impressive automatic power saving when not in use.
The simple design features two main buttons with scroll wheel, two thumb buttons, and a top mounted DPI switch easily reachable with the thumb, but out of the way enough to prevent accidental triggering.
The mouse has no Bluetooth capabilities. Instead, it uses a tiny USB Type-A dongle which sits around 4mm proud of the case.
The Evoluent Wireless Vertical Mouse has a reputation for being among the best ergonomic mice available. Sufferers of chronic wrist pain commonly quote this mouse as being above and beyond the others.
The mouse features six buttons, all programmable through the free cross-platform Evoluent Mouse Manager software. Evoluent also opts for the small USB Type-A dongle, though Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity is also available.
Power comes from a single AA battery, which comes in the box. This mouse comes at a price, but for relief from wrist pain, we found in our review that it is probably worth it!
The small form factor of the mouse doesn’t diminish its function, and like many others on this list, it switches between 800/1200/1600 DPI.
With the DPI switch, it has five buttons and connects via a USB Type-A dongle to Windows, Mac, and Linux machines.
The mouse is rated for up to five million clicks and feels deceptively more sturdy than it’s price tag suggests. Despite its small size, I used a Jelly Comb for several weeks without any problems, though unless you need the smaller size, you are probably going to want to look for something a little larger!
Left-handed consumer items can end up costing the user significantly more money to get the same functionality. Not so with the Perixx PERIMICE-718 Left-Handed Wireless Mouse which packs all the same functionality of the other wireless mice on this list into a comfortable ergonomic vertical form.
The five button mouse also has a switch for changing DPI to 800/1200/1600 and features the familiar USB Type-A dongle for connectivity. The mouse takes two AAA batteries for power.
Perixx provides three different sizes of the mouse at an affordable price, making them an excellent choice for the left-handed mouse users out there.
In recent years, USB Type-C has taken over. This is mostly a good thing, but for users of Apple products, it can mean endless dongles and converters to use peripherals. Enter the Jelly Comb Wired Type-C Ergonomic Vertical Mouse, which connects to, and works natively with, USB Type-C devices.
This mouse has all the same features as its wireless edition, without the need for batteries. The USB-C connector limits its use on certain machines, but at such a low price this mouse is perfect for ergonomics on the go.
Ambidextrous mice are a strange breed. People who love them adore them. People who hate them don’t understand them. Most people, frankly, don’t want or need one.
Users of the Posturite Penguin Mouse mostly focus on the ambidextrous nature of the mouse, but even those only planning on using on one side may also see benefits. The angle this mouse gives for users if unlike any other mouse on the market.
The mouse communicates using a USB dongle, and is powered by an internal battery rated for up to 30 hours of use on a single charge. Again, this isn’t stacking up well against others on this list, but if you are looking for a unique mouse that gives something no other does, this Penguin is for you.