Go Widescreen with PowerPoint 2013

by Vishal Mehta on April 16, 2013

in Applications, Usability, User Experience


Everything is wide. All laptops got wide screens few years ago, and now, everything is wide – be it TV screens, projector plasma, mobile phones, and even Desktop screens. And why not? More real estate fitting in ever-increasing screen resolutions!



Just a few days back, I started making a new PowerPoint presentation for a prospect. I noticed that the latest version, PowerPoint 2013 created a Blank presentation with size defaulting to “widescreen” – 16:9 ratio instead of standard 4:3. While it was inviting several times before this instance, I always stuck to the standard size – thinking of the recipient compatibility. This time however, I caved. And it led to an amazing panaromic experience – both for me and the client.


I was naive in not realizing earlier – the benefits and compatibility – both of this format. Extra space really helped in creating a much clutter-free and cleaner looking presentation. And the Slideshow experience was in itself better with no “cut-off” black portions on left and right side of screens. Check out the earlier look…

taming-oldThere’s another benefit too – a more contributing benefit to the environment. If you’re in habit of printing your presentations, widescreen is the perfect way of saving paper! 16:9 allows you to accurately fit 2 slides per page with good readability, which is not the case with standard size (4:3) presentations.

Try it out. Add symmetry, glamor, readability, more content to your presentations. Go Widescreen. With PowerPoint 2013.

Vishal Mehta

Vishal Mehta

Vishal Mehta is a usability professional who loves to play chess and has a strong eye for details. He's also the CEO of IDYeah Creations, a UX practice in Pune, India. Vishal is also a guest blogger on UXBooth, Technorati, BlogCritics, and SAP Community Network.

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