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Microsoft PowerPoint Standards / Suggestions. UHD Instructional Television Chris Latson, ITV Engineer II. Use 24 Point Font or Larger. Fonts in your presentation should have a minimum font size of “24 point” . This will help ensure that they are large enough for your viewers to read.

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Microsoft powerpoint standards suggestions

Microsoft PowerPointStandards / Suggestions

UHD Instructional Television

Chris Latson,

ITV Engineer II


Use 24 point font or larger
Use 24 Point Font or Larger

  • Fonts in your presentation should have a minimum font size of “24 point”.

  • This will help ensure that they are large enough for your viewers to read.

  • A general rule to follow, would be to simply double the size of the font you would use if you were creating a written document.


Use 24 point font or larger small text size

Use 24 Point Font or Larger Small Text Size

This is an example of a PowerPoint Slide

which exhibits text sizes that are too small.

When using PowerPoint Presentations in ITV Classes,

try to refrain from using text sizes that are smaller than 24 point.

This is actually 18 point font


Serif versus sans serif fonts
Serif versus Sans Serif Fonts

  • Serif fonts have little “tails” or “wings”

  • Sans Serif fonts do not

  • Serif fonts make it easier for the eye to identify and read text surrounded by lots of other text.

  • Use Serif Fonts if you have a body of text

  • Use Sans Serif Fonts for Headings and Titles.


Use colors effectively in your presentation
Use Colors Effectivelyin your presentation

  • Limit your slides to 4 to 5 different colors.

  • Too many colors can make your Presentation look too busy.

  • When using Clip Art or Photographs, feel free to use as many colors as you want

  • Bright Backgrounds can strain the eyes of your viewers.


Use complementary colors in your presentation
Use Complementary Colorsin your presentation

  • Complementary colors make each other appear brighter

  • They make your slides easier to read

  • The eyes of your viewers will be drawn to them


Complementary colors the color wheel
Complementary Colors:The Color Wheel


The color red is bad
The Color “Red” is Bad

  • Red is simply not a good color to use in your ITV classes.

  • When displayed on a TV, Monitor, or Projector, the color red can bleed.

  • Red can also strain the eyes of your viewers


Powerpoint the color red is bad

PowerPointThe Color Red is Bad

This is an example of a PowerPoint Slide which exhibits terrible color selections for ITV Classes

Remember to refrain from using Red


Powerpoint the color red is bad1

PowerPointThe Color Red is Bad

This is an example of a PowerPoint Slide which exhibits terrible color selections for ITV Classes

Remember to refrain from using Red


Consider using a little humor in your presentation
Consider using a little humorin your presentation

  • Adding a little humor can spice up a presentation.

  • Most people like a little humor here and there, as long as it doesn’t offend anyone.

  • Humor can serve as a valuable addition when presenting a large presentation.


Multimedia is your friend
Multimedia is your Friend

  • Add Interactivity and Multimedia to your presentation

  • Insert Pictures

  • Embed Audio and Video

  • Add a Flash Movie

  • Link To Websites


Make a folder and stick with it
Make a Folder andStick With It

  • Create a Folder and Save everything you are going to use in your presentation inside of it.

  • Include the presentation, and any audio, video, pictures, etc.

  • Fight the urge to bombard this folder will subfolders


Save it now save it later save it often
Save It Now, Save It Later, Save It Often

  • Save your presentations often

  • Turn off the “Allow Fast Saves” option

  • Configure and set “AutoRecover”

  • In the event of a crash, AutoRecover can provide a working version of your presentation

  • Save several working “Versions” or “Copies” of your presentation

  • Zip It Before You Send It


The internet has lots of great powerpoint resources
The Internet has lots of great PowerPoint Resources

  • Search Yahoo or Google Images for Graphics

  • Browse Microsoft Office Online for Audio, Video, and Graphics.

  • http://office.microsoft.com

  • http://www.flashkit.com

  • Search Engines can save time and effort


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