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Tips on Powerpoint Slides - Presentations - FaCET

Tips on Powerpoint Slides


  • Follow the 6 x 6 rule: Limit text to 6 or 7 words on each of 6 or 7 lines.
  • Legibility takes precedence over everything else in a presentation.
  • Your visuals are speaker support pieces only.
  • Stay inside the center 2/3 of your image area to avoid objects being cut off when displayed.
  • Use lots of contrast between foreground and background.
  • Color can be used to explain or emphasize a single point.
  • Highlight the information you want to feature and lowlight the secondary details.
  • Ideally titles should be 36-48 point and text 24-36 point.
  • Simplify graphs and charts so they are easily readable.

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