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Building Your Presentation

All presentation screens at the Annual Meeting will be 16:9 widescreen format. Computers and projectors will be configured for 1280 x 720 resolution.

Pillar-boxed-presentationTo take full advantage of the new widescreen format, every presenter must either convert their pre-existing presentation or develop a new presentation in the 16:9 format. If presenters use the 4:3 format aspect ratio, the presentation will still display, but will be "pillar boxed" on the 16:9 screen as shown at left.

If you expand an existing presentation to the 16:9 format:

  • You may need to resize objects like videos or photos so they do not appear stretched.
  • Check animations to ensure the elements line up correctly.

Learn more about managing aspect ratios in PowerPoint (PDF 241KB).

Converting Your Presentation
To take advantage of the 16:9 widescreen format, follow the directions below and view the video tutorials to help you adjust your presentation.

PC Computer
For PowerPoint 2007 and 2010 to create a new presentation:

  • On the "Design" tab select "Page Setup".
  • In the drop down box, select "On-Screen Show (16:9)".
  • Click "OK".

For Powerpoint 2010 to convert an existing presentation:

  • Create a new PowerPoint.
  • Go to the FILE menu and select PAGE SETUP. At the SIZE selection; change WIDTH to 13.33 inches. This will maintain the vertical height at 7.5 inches, which is very important to prevent the pinching of objects in the slides. Click OK.
  • Copy the contents of the 4:3 slides, not the actual slides, into the new 16:9 slides/presentation. This should prevent the contents of the original 4:3 presentation from pinching when pasted into the 16:9 presentation. 
  • Each slide will have to be rebuilt with this sequence.
 
 

MAC Computer
For Apple's Keynote:

  • From the Menu Bar, select "Show Inspector".
  • On the Inspector, select "Document Inspector" located in the top left hand corner.
  • Under "Slide Size", select "1280 x 720".
 
 

MAC Computer
For PowerPoint 2011 to convert an existing presentation:

  • Create a new PowerPoint.
  • Go to the FILE menu and select PAGE SETUP. At the SIZE selection; change WIDTH to 13.33 inches. This will maintain the vertical height at 7.5 inches, which is very important to prevent the pinching of objects in the slides. Click OK.
  • Copy the contents of the 4:3 slides, not the actual slides, into the new 16:9 slides/presentation. This should prevent the contents of the original 4:3 presentation from pinching when pasted into the 16:9 presentation. 
  • Each slide will have to be rebuilt with this sequence.