Find out how an additional decimal digit makes a big difference in setting custom file sizes in different versions of PowerPoint.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2010, 2013, and higher
OS: Windows 7 and higher
Have you ever wanted to use PowerPoint as a graphic program to create posters, web-banner ads, YouTube cover art, etc.? You will then have run into some limitations, especially when you tried to export a PowerPoint slide to a picture with exact size dimensions. In this tutorial, we will explore how a small improvement that Microsoft added in PowerPoint 2013 is providing significant returns.
In PowerPoint 2010 and older versions, you could only use two decimal points after a number unit, such as 13.67 inches. However since PowerPoint 2013 and later versions, you can use a more specific option, such as 13.666 inches. Why is this so important? That is because the graphic file that you export from the PowerPoint slide needs to be an exact, accurate size – and that worked a little flaky for PowerPoint 2010 users.
Let’s use YouTube’s cover art for videos. This sort of cover art is also called custom thumbnail, poster frame, and some other names. The moot point here is that YouTube specifies that the dimensions preferably need to be 1280x720. How will you create a graphic of those exact dimensions in PowerPoint?
This is easier than many believe it to be.
So how does 1280x720 pixels translate in terms of inches or centimeters that PowerPoint uses to define slide aspect ratios?
Why do you need inches and/or centimeters? It depends upon the Regional Settings in your version of Windows. Depending upon what is set, you will see only inches or centimeters in your PowerPoint dialog boxes.
Anyway, we have made it simple for you to determine the actual size you want your slide to be, via this online calculator. Enter the pixel width and height of the graphic you want to create in PowerPoint (cells are colored yellow), and you can find out the results in inches (cells colored orange) and/or centimeters (cells colored blue). Make a note of these dimensions.
If we entered 1280 and 720 for the Width and Height values, our inch dimensions would be 13.333 and 7.500.
Now let us explore how this works in both PowerPoint 2010 and 2013 for Windows. Let us begin with PowerPoint 2010.
Let us now replicate the above steps in PowerPoint 2013 and higher:
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