Unit of Measurement Options (i.e. pixels, inches)
It would be awesome if the base application spacing weren't restricted to Inches / Centimeters. There should be an option to set the baseline unit of measurement to pixel-based formats.
This would extend to things such as slide padding, grid density, item formatting options (border thickness, padding, margin). PowerPoint has the potential to be an amazing wireframing tool, but without the inherent support for app-based layouts, it makes it difficult to explore more robust ideas.
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.
Fuck sakes Microsoft!!!!!
Graham Kloek commented
The annoying thing is that it's even already possible to do this in some of their other Office programs like Publisher, which has a nearly identical interface to Powerpoint.
That suggests that the lack of a units option in ppt was a deliberate choice rather than just a feature they haven't gotten to yet.
Axel Holene commented
WHY is this so difficult, MS? You should pay more attention to the core functionality and user needs of your solutions.
Tali Halevy Ben Dor commented
It's 2019, do this already.
Landed here because I'm looking for this option -- to be able to work in pixels. OMG. 2019
I want a movie (using the lovely transitions in Powerpoint) that is 444px x 444px but I cannot create this size in Powerpoint.
Considering this is a screen-based program (unlike Word or Publisher) this seems deliberately obstructive.
Im using office 365 to create presentations and import them into Articulate storyline software which i can edit the image size in pixels, I cant seem to find out how to change this in powerpoint its defaulting to "cm" in mine.
any idea how to change this basic setting?
Go to Design > Slide Size > Custom Slide Size. You can here manually change cm or in to px in width and height. After tab, the new px width and px height is calculated back to cm or in. Just ignore and click OK.
PIXELS, Pixels, pixels… PLEASE!
what year is this, Microsoft? Luckily for you Keynote is a frilly dog turd my company won't adopt Google suite. Google Slides has one tenth the features and is still far superior.
Someone mentioned an add-on that would do this? Does anyone know what that is or where to find it? I honestly can't understand why this hasn't been fixed a long time ago!
Powerpoint is designed for online viewing. The standard measure for online viewing is pixels. How is it that I'm unable to use pixels to create standard powerpoint templates? This is beyond me. Microsoft, the decisions you make, boggle the mind.
Peter Fattore commented
Wow... this is ridiculous. Why would I want to move positions around with inches or centimeters? How can that be accurate? I don't trust a point of 0.22 x 0.34cm to be something like 15 x 30px
Strangely, you can change the slide size to have a custom size; this allows you to enter pixel sizes. After entering it in pixels, it converts it to your unit of measurement; mine is centimeters. TIL 1920x1080 is 50.8 x 28.575cm. I'm creating a PPTX that will be converted to an MP4 to be displayed on a 1080p screen. These units of measurement are crazy
I love PowerPoint, but I would love it more if this feature were added.
Oh my life.
Im in so much pain. Using powerpoint is bad enough, but finding out that units are in cm and can't be changed to pixels is the dumbest thing.
I don't understand why the total basic stuff isn't standard. I can't even set up columns using the guides, because they're not accurate and again, work in cm, WTF!? Why do people like using this? Its complete garbage. Having to build stuff using this so teams can use it as a template. How did this god awful piece of crappy software become standard!? Im in so much pain. Send help.
Fuck Microsoft commented
PowerPoint sucks dick
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?