Power Point Do's and Don't's
- Keep slides concise: 5-7 lines (not bullets) per slide and 5-7 words per line.
- For presentations, the average title font size should be 48 and the average regular font size should be 24.
- Use sans-serif fonts, like Arial, that are easy to read. Steer clear of flashy or curvy fonts.
- Limit your use of color to 2-4 colors and/or shades.
- Use easy to read combinations. Dark backgrounds and light text work best.
- Stick to one color scheme and/or template.
- Avoid red text unless used for emphasis.
Images and Shapes
- Use 1-2 images per slide.
- If you are using an image as a background, use the Washout feature to fade the picture.
- Too many graphics are distracting.
- Use high-quality images. Low-quality images will appear grainy when presenting.
- Avoid cartoonish clip art when possible.
Sound and Animation
- Use sounds and animation wisely. They should emphasize a point or add to the message.
- Meaningless sounds and animations are distracting and take away from your message.
- Typically it is best to use the same transition, or a variation of one transition, throughout your presentation.
- Flashy transitions, or using multiple transitions, can be distracting.
"PowerPoint Do's and Don'ts." Heart Rhythm Society. Web. 9 May 2011.