change units from inches to pixels
Please give the option to change the units (globally) from inches to pixels - way more useful to think that way with a digital-only presentation.
Stephanie Lewis commented
Thanks for finding this one, Jamie! Adding my voice!
Jamie Garroch commented
The native PowerPoint Slide Size dialog should have the option to change between cm/inches/pixels (points). It's crazy that I have to go into Windows Settings to change the UoM (Units of Measurement) to set up presentations in cm or inches. In the meantime, I wrote an add-in that allows me to see the presentation's size in the Guides Layout dialog: http://youpresent.co.uk/office-add-ins/youtools-for-powerpoint/
Matteo Pierini commented
Dear PowerPoint developers, please add the option to set up rulers, objects, elements, measurements in pixels. It makes no sense that a screen presentation tool, doesn't allow to work in pixels. It's like using a scale without milligrams.
If pixels are not an option, please consider to change the name of your product to PowerPointless.
There used to be a way by choosing FILE - OPTIONS - ADVANCED to locate it. But with the newest update of 365, it no longer appears there. Anyone know of the newest way?
Yes! I use it for web design!!!
Note that in many dialogs where you're entering dimensions, you can include the units you prefer to work in: 1 gives you 1 inch, but you can also enter 96px to get pixels or 2.54cm or ... you get the idea.
Inches were great in the 1990's when we had to print our presentations and PowerPoint pretty much only supported text and a little media.
Since then the world has evolved. We now email our decks or share them on our screens or post them on our Intranets. Print? Pssht. The package has also evolved. There are several new featured designed for the digital world that we can't take full advantage of without doing some sort of crazy inches > pixels + DPI conversion.
Intended or not, I've seen PPT used for much more (and more frequently for) tasks other than presentatations, like wireframes, storyboards, newsletters/communication, and to create icons / infographics. All these things relate directly to digital vs. paper.
Ability to see / set properties by inches AND pixels, Yes please!
Alwyn Balingit commented
I know this is doable, because PPTools has a paid plugin that can do it.
This pixel unit should be native to PowerPoint.
We use PowerPoint a LOT to create pixel-perfect screen mockups, but we have to always calculate based on a 96 pixels per inch ratio.