How to Fill Screen in Powerpoint
By David Nield
PowerPoint gives you the options you need to show your presentation exactly the way you want, including how much of the screen it takes up. To ensure there's no letterboxing (black borders) on your slides when they are displayed, set the slide sizes to match the aspect ratio of the screen you're showing them on -- either 4:3 (traditional) or 16:9 (widescreen). You can also toggle between the windowed and full-screen modes from the slideshow options dialog.
Launch PowerPoint, and open the presentation you wish to work with. Alternatively, choose "Blank Presentation" to create a new slideshow from scratch.
Click or tap inside the thumbnail list of slides on the left, and then press "Ctrl-A" to select all of the slides in your presentation.
Open the "Design" tab on the ribbon menu and choose "Slide Size." Select the aspect ratio that matches the screen you're showing the presentation on. If the primary display doesn't match 4:3 or 16:9, select "Custom Slide Size" to configure the aspect ratio manually (see the Tips section for details).
Choose the "Maximize" option when scaling down a presentation to ensure the new slides take up the whole of the output display.
Select "Slide Show" from the ribbon menu, and then select "Set Up Slide Show." Tick the box labeled "Presented By A Speaker" or "Browsed At A Kiosk" to force the presentation to run in full-screen mode. Click or tap "OK" to confirm.
An information technology journalist since 2002, David Nield writes about the Web, technology, hardware and software. He is an experienced editor, proofreader and copywriter for online publications such as CNET, TechRadar and Gizmodo. Nield holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature and lives in Manchester, England.
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