Designing and Using Powerpoints
GUIDELINES FOR DESIGN:
· Limit the number of lines of text on a single slide: the fewer, the better.
· Choose a bullet or numbering format depending on the purpose of your list.
Text in slides should be brief:
· Summarize the theme of each slide in a heading or title.
· When importing a graph, table, or other illustration from a source, make sure the details are large enough to see/read from a distance
If an illustration is too complex (e.g., large table with too many
numbers), simplify it by leaving out elements that are not crucial for
· Use left-justification only, not full-justification.
The body of text in your slides:
· Titles of slides should be in a larger, bold-faced font.
· Leave enough space between lines; never single-space your text.
· Use italics or underlines only for a few words in a slide.
GUIDELINES FOR USE:
There are three types of slides:
· Give audience enough time to copy key points, or distribute copy of slide presentation.
· If your slide has more than four or five short bullet points, consider revealing them one-by-one as you talk about them.
· Face the audience as much as possible. Don’t keep your head turned to the screen behind you.
End with a slide of your conclusions. (This follows the general rule of
giving a presentation: “First tell them what you are going to