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How to Change Slide Size in PowerPoint 2016

While Microsoft PowerPoint presentations default to the 16:9 widescreen ratio, that’s not always the size you need. Whether you want to print your deck out or show it on a different sized display, it’s good to know how to resize slides.

How To Change Slide Size In PowerPoint 2016

When changing the size of slides, PowerPoint will ask if you want to maximize content to best fill space or adjust the images and text to ensure fit. In our testing, we got the best results by selecting Ensure Fit, as Maximize enlarged photos to the point where they fall off the page and make you do more work.

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This adjustment will change the size of every slide in your presentation, so make sure you’re ready before you make the change. Here’s how to change slide size in PowerPoint 2016.

1. Click Design.

How To Change Slide Size In PowerPoint 2016

2. Click Slide Size.How To Change Slide Size In PowerPoint 2016

3. Select Custom Slide Size. If you just need to adjust for a 4:3 screen, select Standard (4:3)How To Change Slide Size In PowerPoint 2016

4. Click Widescreen.How To Change Slide Size In PowerPoint 2016

5. Select a size. “Letter Paper (8.5×11 in)” may be best for printing.How To Change Slide Size In PowerPoint 2016

6. Click OK.How To Change Slide Size In PowerPoint 2016

7. Select Ensure Fit.How To Change Slide Size In PowerPoint 2016

You’ve adjusted the size of your PowerPoint slide deck.
How To Change Slide Size In PowerPoint 2016

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Henry T. Casey, After graduating from Bard College a B.A. in Literature, Henry T. Casey worked in publishing and product development at Rizzoli and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, respectively. Henry joined Tom’s Guide and LAPTOP having written for The Content Strategist, Tech Radar and Patek Philippe International Magazine. He divides his free time between going to live concerts, listening to too many podcasts, and mastering his cold brew coffee process. Content rules everything around him. Henry T. Casey, on

References

  1. ^ The Best Laptops for Business and Productivity (www.laptopmag.com)

13 Ways to Make a Slow Laptop Faster

Your laptop may be slow, but that doesn’t mean you need to replace it. Through heavy use, your notebook will collect a ton of excess files and programs, not to mention some literal dust. The parts will age, and software updates will become more demanding.

13 Ways To Make A Slow Laptop Faster

But before you go computer shopping, there are a few hardware and software fixes you should try. A little time, a screwdriver and a few settings changes can have your laptop running as though it were new. Here are 13 ways to speed up your system.

Add an SSD

Adding a solid-state drive (SSD) is the single biggest hardware change you can make to speed up a laptop. It makes everything faster; booting up, shutting down and launching apps will all occur in the blink of any eye when compared to traditional hard drives. More and more laptops are coming with built-in SSDs, but not all of them do. And if your old laptop has a traditional hard drive inside, you can crack it open for a significant speed boost at a reasonable price. A 256GB SSD, which is a decent capacity for most users, can cost as little as £75.

13 Ways To Make A Slow Laptop Faster

Upgrade Your RAM

You should have at least 8GB of RAM. These days, your best bet is to buy your laptop with that much memory, as more and more manufacturers are soldering it to the motherboard, making it impossible to add more. A number of laptops still let you open them up, and RAM is relatively cheap. If you have 4GB, upgrade to 8GB, as the additional memory will probably cost you less than £25. Few people need 16GB of RAM right now. Update Your Startup Programs
Anything running in the background will slow your computer’s boot-up time and devote resources to programs you may not even be using. Luckily, it’s simple to turn these off.

  • In Windows 10, go to Task Manager > Startup to see the list of programs you have running when you turn on your computer.

    13 Ways To Make A Slow Laptop Faster

  • On a MacBook, go to System Preferences > Users & Groups > Login Items to adjust which programs launch when you turn on the computer.

13 Ways To Make A Slow Laptop Faster

Uninstall Unused Apps

Unused programs take up storage on your hard drive and can suck resources from the CPU. Delete the junk to free up space and processing power for a faster computer. Be sure to check your library files for any junk that may stick around.

Run Regular Malware Scans

It’s possible that something you didn’t install intentionally malicious software could be the reason your laptop is slow. Run regular virus and malware scans1 to prevent something malicious from slowing down your laptop or worse. Being vigilant can help you avoid and eliminate threats that are hoarding resources or filling your laptop with junk files.

Kill Animations

The animations in your OS look cool, but they take up resources that could be going elsewhere. In Windows:
1. Search for “View advanced system settings.”
2. Choose Settings under Performance.
3. Choose “Adjust for best performance,” which will turn off a bunch of special effects and animations.

13 Ways To Make A Slow Laptop Faster

In OS X:
1. Go to System Preferences > Dock.
2. Check the boxes to turn off magnification and stop the animations in opening applications.

13 Ways To Make A Slow Laptop Faster

Speed Up Your Shutdowns

When you go to shut down Windows, you often have to wait a long time while the computer attempts to close open programs that won’t close gracefully on their own. If you’re willing to dig into your registry, you can force the shutdown process to kill these rebel apps right away. Be sure you always save your work when you do this, as it will close open programs without prejudice.

Disable Web Results

In Windows 10, Cortana searches the web and your local files when you search. This takes time to download and can be a drag on your system. If you use the Cortana box primarily to find files and apps that live on your hard drive, Windows 10 makes it easy to turn off web results.

13 Ways To Make A Slow Laptop Faster

Speed Up Your Downloads Folder

The File Explorer, one of the most-used folders in Windows, can take forever to load if it’s chock-full of your downloads. If you’re seeing a loading bar every time you open the folder, you’ll want to optimize it.

Keep It Clean

Don’t let your laptop get too dusty, or you’ll risk letting it overheat. When that happens, the processor and graphics card have to work harder to perform well. Get a can of compressed air2, and clean out the vents to give your processor and graphics card a breather.

Change Your Browser

Some browsers are faster than others. If you’re a heavy user, Chrome can eventually hog your RAM, especially with a whole bunch of tabs open. Microsoft’s Edge isn’t as full-featured yet, but it has the benefit of being lighter and faster. On Macs, you can try Safari.

13 Ways To Make A Slow Laptop FasterUpdate Your Drivers

Some new drivers can breathe new life into your hardware and fix any issues it may be having. Be sure to check your manufacturer’s website to make sure your drivers are up-to-date.

Top Image: Bastian Weltjen / Shutterstock3

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Andrew E. Freedman, Andrew joined Laptopmag.com in 2015, reviewing computers and keeping up with the latest news. He holds a M.S. in Journalism (Digital Media) from Columbia University. A lover of all things gaming and tech, his previous work has shown up in Kotaku, PCMag and Complex, among others. Follow him on Twitter @FreedmanAE. Andrew E. Freedman, on

References

  1. ^ regular virus and malware scans (www.tomsguide.com)
  2. ^ can of compressed air (www.amazon.com)
  3. ^ Bastian Weltjen / Shutterstock (www.shutterstock.com)

Apple Hammers One More Nail in Flash's Coffin

In Apple’s latest move to push Adobe Flash into extinction, the company will deactivate Flash by default in Safari 10, which is due out this fall as a part of the macOS Sierra update. Apple’s long-term war against Flash is well-documented, as its 2010 decision to keep the technology off of iOS1 played a major role in the plugin’s decline.

Apple Hammers One More Nail In Flash's CoffinImage: Shutterstock / Denys Prykhodov

Apple engineer Ricky Mondello announced the news in a June 14 blog post.3 If a user navigates to a page that features Flash content, Mondello says, Safari will display a “Flash isn’t installed” message along with a link to download it from Adobe. If a user clicks that link, Safari will explain that the plug-in is actually already installed and offer to activate it.2

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According to a preview image Mondello included in his blog post, users will have the option to enable the plugin once or to keep it permanently enabled. The decisions made will only affect how Flash is loaded on that specific site, and not on every site you load.

Apple Hammers One More Nail In Flash's Coffin

Users won’t see these options if a website offers an HTML5 alternative to the Flash content. Sites such as YouTube already do that.

Safari is slightly late to the Flash funeral compared to rival browsers. Mozilla’s Firefox and Google’s Chrome instituted similar click-to-enable default behaviors in 2015, and Microsoft’s Edge browser only enables Flash if it’s used in content “that is central to the page.”56

Flash lost its support in the browsing community after years of dangerous security flaws that require constant patching. Attackers often inject malicious code into Flash-based web ads to spread malware, which makes disabling the plugin a smart move for users looking to secure their computers.

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Henry T. Casey, After graduating from Bard College a B.A. in Literature, Henry T. Casey worked in publishing and product development at Rizzoli and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, respectively. Henry joined Tom’s Guide and LAPTOP having written for The Content Strategist, Tech Radar and Patek Philippe International Magazine. He divides his free time between going to live concerts, listening to too many podcasts, and mastering his cold brew coffee process. Content rules everything around him. Henry T. Casey, on

References

  1. ^ keep the technology off of iOS (www.apple.com)
  2. ^ (webkit.org)
  3. ^ announced the news in a June 14 blog post. (webkit.org)
  4. ^ Meet the new macOS: 8 Best Features (www.laptopmag.com)
  5. ^ Mozilla’s Firefox and Google’s Chrome (www.tomsguide.com)
  6. ^ Microsoft’s Edge (blogs.windows.com)

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