Word is great at essays and papers and such.

When you need to write in sentences and paragraphs and create multipage documents in this nature, Word (or a Word-like program) is usually your go-to-program.

However, if you’ve ever tried to get really fancy in a word process and create non-traditional page layouts (kind of like a magazine or something like one), you probably have noticed that it’s fairly complicated to do this easily in Word.

PowerPoint has awesome template-creation functionality

PowerPoint, on the other hand, is really awesome at slides and templates – and it’s definitely not awesome at writing paragraph-form documents like a word-processor is.

However, you can use PowerPoint in a way that will make designing those more visual documents easier.

Tweak your Page Size to be 8.5″ wide x 11″ tall

Using a Letter-sized page layout in PowerPoint will make everything the same size as a Word document.

You can then build out your master slides, layouts and font-sizes all around this new page size.

One word of caution, doing this with a presentation that has already been designed for the traditional 16:9 or 16:10 PowerPoint page sizes will almost definitely cause everything in your presentation to look messed up.

It’s best to create a new document, change the page size and then build your document out after you’ve adjusted it’s dimensions. This way, you can avoid the headache of having to reformat your entire document.

Here’s a quick video demonstrating this tip:

Back to you: Ever done anything crazy and tried to use PowerPoint like this?


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