In its mobile PowerPoint app, Microsoft is introducing the ability to create slides in portrait mode. The function is currently restricted to iPhone and iPad devices and is accessible in public beta through the Microsoft Office Insider program (running Version 2.68 or later).
The growing popularity of TikTok, Instagram Reels, and YouTube Shorts has contributed to the demand for content created in portrait mode. Tools designed for creating portrait content must adapt as users become accustomed to viewing the content in the native vertical orientation of their phones.
The introduction of PowerPoint portrait mode is out by Microsoft. The product manager of the PowerPoint Mobile team posted the information on the company’s official website. Only iPhone and iPad devices are currently supported by the new feature, which is now available to Office Insiders running Version 2.68 (Build 22112003) or later.
Along with its announcement, Microsoft acknowledged this “shift towards mobile-first content creation.” Office Insiders can now enter and exit portrait mode when creating and editing slides in PowerPoint Mobile on iOS.
In the most recent feature update to PowerPoint, Microsoft adds the ability to switch and out of Portrait mode when both creating and editing slides, acknowledging the “shift towards mobile-first content creation.”
Apple iPad Launch a PowerPoint presentation, new or old. Select “Design” from the menu, then “Orientation.” The slide in focus will switch to portrait orientation when you select “Portrait” from the menu.
Apple iPhone: Open a PowerPoint presentation, either new or old. Tap Design, then Orientation, both located on the Home tab. The slide in focus will switch to portrait orientation when you tap Portrait.
Microsoft emphasizes that features are released gradually in order to guarantee that everything is operating properly for those who haven’t yet gotten the feature. We highlight features that you might not be used because they are gradually being made available to more Insiders. Based on your feedback, we sometimes remove parts of our products to make them even better. Even if you, as an Insider, have had the chance to try a feature, we reserve the right to remove it entirely from the product. However, this is uncommon, the company adds.
So How does it work?
- Open a previously created presentation or start a new one.
- Tap on Orientation under the Design option.
- Select Portrait.
- Hold tight, Android users; Microsoft Powerpoint’s new portrait mode is currently only available for Apple devices.