When making a PowerPoint, keep these tips in mind.
Pick an easy-to-read sans-serif font. For example: Verdana, Calibri, Arial, Open Sans, or Helvetica.
For headers the minimum font size is around 20pt, while for the body you have a minimum of 18pt. With these sizes the text should be legible in every situation, whether people are viewing from a laptop, computer, or TV in a classroom.
PowerPoint offers many different template options, or you can create your own design. Whatever theme you choose, be consistent throughout your presentation.
If you plan on using a template for your PowerPoint, be sure to choose one before crafting the informational portion of your presentation. Changing the theme later can move text and warp images as PowerPoint reorganizes your work to fit the new design.
Whenever your presentation contains a lot of data, it might be easier to communicate this data by using visuals instead of just using text. Graphs might give you the results you are looking for, especially for comparisons.
For example, pick the donut-graph to show your percentages in the middle of the graph. This way your audience immediately knows what you mean.
Tables are usually crammed with information and numbers. This causes the slide to look crowded and chaotic. Visualize tables as simply as possible and delete unnecessary outlines, colors, and borders.
If you’re using text on a photo, make sure that your font is readable by either placing a border or casting a shadow around it. You can check if the colors are accessible by using a tool like the WCAG or WebAIM Contrast Checkers.
Using clip art can make your presentation look unprofessional or even childish. Make sure you select high quality images that support your message.
To insert an audio or video file into your presentation, select Insert > Video or Audio. After selecting Video you will be prompted to choose either Online Video or Video on my PC.
Taking a video from your personal computer will upload the file. Inserting an Online Video will bring up the option to embed a video. Take the embed code (usually under a 'Share' option on most sites) and paste the embed code where instructed. Inserting an Online Video will also give the option to search for a YouTube video in PowerPoint itself. This will require an internet connection.
You can add audio from your computer, record new audio, or make a screen recording. Screen recordings are useful when describing steps for software programs, but are usually very large files. Use them sparingly!
Transitions are animations that take presenters from one slide to another. Transitions can grab attention, but are also distracting and yield diminishing returns. Use no more than two types of transitions per PowerPoint presentation. Do not place transitions between every slide.
You will most likely have a strict time limit when presenting before a group, so it is important to time your presentation to know exactly how long it will go. PowerPoint has an excellent tool for that, called "Record Slide Show"
Under the "Slide Show" tab, you can select "Record Slide Show". Click this option will all you to decide if you want to include the time of your Animations and Transitions, and whether to start time from the slide you're on, or from the beginning.
The Animations tab selects how selected text behaves on the slide: Select the text > choose the animation you want to apply
Animations can be used to:
Animations are also distracting, and can get old quickly.
Animations may also appear slower on older computers, making the presentation look unprofessional.
Provide references to any content that is not your own. This includes quotations, ideas, and images. There are many different options to provide citations in PowerPoint; ask your professor for what option they are looking for.
Some options for citations include:
PowerPoint allows you to insert a chart based on data that you enter into an Excel spreadsheet. To insert a chart: