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I'm currently using Keynote to layout a web design, but I've made my slide too short. When I try to resize my slide, all the text increases in size, destroying my layout.

So my question is, is there a way to resize my slide without resizing the text?

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How do you re-size your slides? – Michiel May 24 '12 at 5:59
@Michiel In Inspector > Document > Document > Slide Size > Custom slide size... Then increase the height. – Michael May 24 '12 at 13:40

Keynote files are zipped XML files. I created some little Apple Script to resize keynote files.

Some caveats:

  • It always resizes all slides, no selection possible. Maybe you can export the slides you want to resize to another file and only resize this, afterwards merging it back.
  • It requires xsltproc which is not included in Mac OS X by default. Choose between
    • Install XCode (from Mac App Store, command line tools only are fine, too) or
    • Install libxslt, eg. using homebrew: brew install libxslt
  • Following the comments, Apple changed the data format from Keynote '09 to the current version. Please save your document as a Keynote '09 document, as the script is not (yet) able to deal with the new format.

Though I don't believe the script could mess anything up, please do a backup before applying it!

keyresize now resides on github.

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Thanks, saved me a bunch of copy/paste time! Only problem with the script is you can't have spaces in the path to the Keynote file or itself. i.e. 'my keynote.key' won't work, but 'mykeynote.key' will. – nasty pasty Jul 11 '13 at 0:09
Thank you for reporting the issue, I fixed it and pushed everything to github. – Jens Erat Aug 6 '13 at 20:23
Thanks! This appears to work for Keynote '09 only, however I was able to convert my doc back and forth to get it to work. – ptim May 6 '14 at 6:44
Thank you for the hint. I added it to the list of caveats. – Jens Erat May 6 '14 at 7:10
  1. Select all the stuff on the page.
  2. Cut it.
  3. Change the doc size.
  4. Paste it back.

Text comes in just like it was.

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