Resize Help, last updated: 9/13/2013
IMPORTANT: Enter adjustments in points.
Multiply Inches by 72 to get Points
Multiply Centimeters by 28.346 to get Points
Or 28.3464567 if you're a stickler for accuracy, but since PowerPoint rounds to the
nearest 1/4 point or so, the extra accuracy is wasted.
We've thoughtfully provided the conversion formulas right here on the dialog box for you.
Safe Margin: Resize will add the margin you specify here on all sides of the
presentation's content after it's resized.
For example, if your original presentation was standard PPT 4:3 and you resize
to 16"x9", Resize would normally fill the height of the new slides with content
from the original slides, but with a margin of 1", it would put the content from
the original slides in a 7" high area (9" minus 1" top and bottom) on the new
Handy trick for TV-Safe slides: Start with a standard 4:3 presentation, resize
it TO a standard 4:3 presentation but specify a 1" (72 point) Safe Margin. That
will reduce your original slide content to TV Safe Area.
Horizontal Offset / Vertical Offset: Normally, Resize centers the content
from your original presentation on the resized slide. By entering Horizontal and
Vertical offsets, you can adjust the position.
Enter positive Horizontal Offset values (in points) to move everything on the
resized slides to the right, enter negative values to move everything to the left.
Enter positive Vertical Offset values (in points) to move everything on the resized
slides down, enter negative values to move everything up.
When you enter Safe Margin, Vertical Offset, Horizontal Offset values, use inches
(if you're a US PowerPoint user) or cm (if you're on the metric system). Or
specify a particular system of measurement you wish to use (see About Those
Sizes below to learn how).
There are examples of how this works below, but it's easier to understand these
settings by trying them than reading about them. Start a new sample
presentation, fill the first slide with a colored rectangle, save and then try
resizing it to different proportions with different Safe Margin and Offset values.
It'll all be pretty obvious once you see it happening before your eyes.
Resize "remembers" your settings.
It will use whatever settings you used the last time as defaults for subsequent
resizing. But if you open a presentation that's already been resized once, Resize
will restore the settings you last used on that particular presentation.
Better yet, you can include custom values for size, safe margin, horizontal offset
and vertical offset in the custom settings file. See "Custom Slide Sizes" for more.