Scott Hanselman posted about fixing images that have been distorted in PowerPoint when moving from a 4:3 to to 16:9 aspect ratio. But what if you have many distorted images in your deck. If you manually try to correct those aspect ratios according to the instructions at the link above, you’ll be in for a lot of work.

However, if you aren’t afraid of working with VBA macros then below is a little bit of code that may help. It will reset the aspect ratio for all images in your deck.


Sub SetScaleSizeForAllImages()
Dim s As slide
Dim sh As shape
Dim factor As Single
factor = 1.0
For Each s In ActivePresentation.Slides
    For Each sh In s.Shapes
        If sh.Type = msoPicture Then
            sh.ScaleHeight factor, msoTrue
            sh.ScaleWidth factor, msoTrue
        End If
    Next sh
Next s
End Sub





Adriaan Bloem

Adriaan BloemSr Mgr Online at MBC

  • Use large fonts. The beamer will probably have a low resolution (you might still come across a 800×600!) and people need to read at a glance. 30 points minimum.
  • Don’t use Serif fonts. (Like Times: the fonts with the small hooks at the ends.) They were designed for legibility and space saving in print. Print is very high resolution, you want to save paper and ink because they cost money. In PowerPoint, paper and ink are free: go for a Sans Serif!
  • To sum it up: 30 points or larger Sans Serif. E.g., Helvetica, Arial, Verdana, Lucida.

…but sometimes, to make an impact, you have to break the rules. Sometimes, much larger, frivolous or very stern fonts can set the tone. Just be very sure why you would break the rules, understand the drawbacks, and please… don’t ever use more than two different fonts!

I have seen presentations in Courier and Mistral where it worked very well. Usually, though, it’s a terrible idea.

If your bullets don’t fit with the 30 point minimum, by the way, that’s a major clue there’s too much text on your slide.


When designing a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation, there are many different choices to make regarding design elements. One of the first things you have to decide is whether or not to use a template, or to make your design from scratch. Before deciding on whether or not to use a template with PowerPoint, it can be helpful to thoroughly explore all the advantages and disadvantages of using a template

By Lacy Nichols

When creating a powerpoint presentation, it is important to decide whether to use a template or to create your own template from scratch.



  • One problem with using a template for your PowerPoint presentation is that it will probably be a template that has been used many times before. This can result in your presentation not being considered unique, which can be a downfall for certain types of presentations. By designing your own PowerPoint slides, you can be assured that your presentation will stand out from the crowd and won’t be considered boring.

Meeting Deadlines

  • One advantage to using a PowerPoint template is the lack of work involved. If working under an immediate deadline, templates are a viable option. Once a template is selected, all a person needs to do is fill in the blanks with information. This is an easy process as long as there is preparation.

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