Tutorial: Landscape AND Portrait in ppt!

Are you a powerpoint-designing teacher at heart? Do you just love the ease with which the graphics fly over the pages of your ppt slides? Do you smile with delight at your ability to whip up the cutest little docs in a matter of minutes? Does your love of Powerpoint only stop when it comes to the fact that it's just not made to have both landscape and portrait in one file??

Well, there are a couple of ways to get around this, actually, and one of our very favorites is grouping. I say "our" because my bff sister Melissa (over at Fashion Craze, Learning Days) was the one who first showed grouping to me, back when she was starting out blogging. And we've both been grouping-crazy ever since!

Grouping is great! Not only does it allow you to change the layout of your slides, it also gives you some other great designing options. Would you like to learn more? Just take a peek at the video below...
Thank you for watching! Do you have any favorite tips for Powerpoint-designing you would like to share with us? :)


  1. Thank you so much. I love learning about extra features on power point. The video was awesome.
    Primary Paradise

  2. Oh my goodness, thank you so much for this!! I use PowerPoint for all of my creations & this will save me tons of time! Thank you!

    The Resource Room Teacher

  3. Now THIS is VERY useful! Thank you so much for the tutorial...I am so lame at all of this stuff...takes me forever to learn how to do it all!

    Teaching in Room 6

  4. Oh, I can't wait to watch this! I'm creating a set right now where I needed pages both ways. Thank you so much for creating this video :)

  5. Brilliant - absolutely BRILLIANT!! I'm wondering what other amazing things powerpoint can do that I don't know about! Thanks so much for this!!

  6. You work fast!! Thanks for this (and all) tutorial!!!

    You rock!

  7. Love, love, love this post!! Ah-mazing! I will put this to use straight away! Thank you for sharing this tutorial!

    Down Under Teacher

  8. This is soooo much better than the way I've been doing things in powerpoint. This tip will save me a lot of time! Thank you for sharing!
    Can you possibly share the tip to make my blog link clickable under my name when I comment on a blog post? I bet it's super simple, but I can't figure it out. Thank you again!


  9. My son taught be about grouping objects this summer. It is a big help!

    Smiling and Shining in Second Grade

  10. I'm soooo excited about this!! :) WOO HOO!! This makes me about as excited as when I found from another tutorial of yours that I could match colors for my text! :) You Rock!! :) I wish I had something new to share, but I'm sure you know everything I know!

    Smiles from 2nd Grade

  11. Thanks. Nice tutorial. This is totally what I do which I figured out by accident when I was designing cards with my daughter. Grouping is good to make foldable books as well since you may need "pages" upside down. I don't like that it won't let me group tables and graphics together. Another thing I learned by accident was to select the new picture after grouping and "lock the aspect ratio" before resizing.
    prlhrbr at yahoo.com

  12. Kristen!!! I've used grouping before but clearly incorrectly!! haha! I love your tutorials!!! Keep em coming!!!

  13. You're so stinkin' cute! We were just talking about this and look how quickly you made it happen! :) You're awesome girl!


  14. Thank you so much for making this! I appreciate it very much! :) You rock, Kristen!


  15. Thank you so much for sharing!! I just discovered grouping and didn't realize what a great tool this is:)

    Surfin' Through Second

  16. I love your handy tips :) and your sweet voice. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Thank you, thank you, thank you! This is just what I needed - I'm just getting started on TPT and your tutorials are SO helpful!

  18. Oh my goodness, I'm going to love using this tip! I had no idea how to do it!

  19. I literally just spent the morning futzing around with getting a landscape page into a portrait document! This is so helpful--thank you!

  20. Great tip! I always merge the two documents on my desktop once they are pdf files. Do you use a trackpad or a magic mouse with your computer?

  21. Thank you so much for sharing this! Your tutorials are soooo helpful! I recently switched to ppt to create my files (after watching another of your past tutorials) and I just can't believe how much easier it is!
    Thank you! Thank you!

  22. Genious! I have been trying to figure out an easy way to to do this FOREVER!
    Thank you so much!

    Coffee Cups and Lesson Plans

  23. It cracks me up to watch your videos because we have similar thought processes. Thanks for sharing! =)

    Emily @ Second Grade Silliness 

  24. Oh my goodness that was brilliant! I group all the time when I am making my books but it NEVER occurred to me to use it to put portrait and landscape together. What a simple and fast way to do it! THANK YOU so much for sharing!!!! This will make my life soooooo much simpler!

    Clearly Kindergarten

  25. Hahaha apparently I've used grouping wrong! I've grouped and done the c and p to other pages....but now I need to try using grouping for landscape/portrait in the same pack hehe. Thanks!

    Journey of a Substitute Teacher

  26. Thank you so much!! This is such a time saver!! I really appreciate you sharing! :)

    Hello Mrs Sykes

  27. Grouping is a life saver! I was so excited when I first learned about it. I didn't think about using it this way to get those landscape and portrait slides in one slideshow/pdf. This is great, thanks!

  28. Sounds cool. I was wondering about that too. For some reasoni can't view the video on my iPad but I'm definitely looking at it in my desktop.
    Happy new year, bloggy friend!
    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

  29. Super cool! I am totally going to go crazy with grouping! Thank you!
    ☺ Tanya
    First Grade is Fantabulous!

  30. Oh for the love of PETE!!!!!!!!! You have just made my day...you just started off 2013 off RIGHT for me....


    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

  31. Always lv your tutorials even if I don't use PP much. LOL


  32. YES!!! Thank you so much for teaching me this. That is so helpful. I've converting it to pdf and then dragging all of them over. UGH! Thank you!

    Sarah's First Grade Snippets

  33. Hip! Hip! Hooray! You just saved me hours in my DAY!!!!! Thank you so much for this very helpful tool! How do you figure it all out?????? Thank you!!!
    Jaimie Knudson


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