Guidelines for PowerPoint Presentations

  • Due to room configuration, we would request that all digital presentations be prepared in 16:9 format.
  • Use a horizontal format as opposed to vertical.
  • Text should be reduced to key words.
  • Do not mix typefaces. Instead, vary the font attributes (i.e. font size and style) or contrast.
  • Use both upper and lower case.
  • Avoid specialty fonts – some fancy fonts are difficult to read.
  • Use 16 point or larger type. If the text is too small to read, the audience will become distracted and no longer listen.
  • Avoid abbreviations and hyphenations.
  • Use bullet points. Use no more than six words per bullet point and no more than six bullet points per slide.
  • Limit tables to two to three columns and five to six rows.
  • Complex textbook illustrations should be redrawn with only the pertinent information included.
  • When using colour, limit your choices to a maximum of three, preferably one or two neutrals with a contrasting colour for emphasis.
  • Use of dark backgrounds with light text is easiest to read. Pastel colours should be avoided. Yellow text on a black or blue background works best.

Note: In general, slides should be simple to be effective. The audience should be able to read and understand the information presented on them.