• The following 37 slides present guidelines and
suggestions for the use of fonts, colors, and graphics
when preparing PowerPoint presentations for
Sessions and Seminars.
• This media (PPT) is designed to ENHANCE your
presentation, not BE the presentation.
• Remember, only you can prevent
“Death by PowerPoint”
PowerPoint Presentation Guidelines
• Highlight key points or reinforce what the facilitator
• Should be short and to the point, include only key
words and phases for visual, reinforcement
• In order for your presentation to fit on most screens,
text and images should be placed within 95% of the
PowerPoint slide. This “action safe” area is seen in
the next slide.
• Layout continuity from frame to frame conveys a
sense of completeness
• Headings, subheadings, and logos should show up in
the same spot on each frame
• Margins, fonts, font size, and colors should be
consistent with graphics located in the same general
position on each frame
• Lines, boxes, borders, and open space also should
be consistent throughout
• Font Style Should be Readable
– Recommended fonts: Arial, Tahoma,
• Standardize the Font Throughout
– This presentation is in Tahoma
• This is a good title size
Verdana 40 point
• A good subtitle or bullet point size
Verdana 32 point
• Content text should be no smaller than
Verdana 24 point
This font size is not recommended for content. Verdana 12 point.
The larger, the better. Remember, your slides must
be readable, even at the back of the room.
TIPS Presentation: 3/8/2004
Dawn Thomas, CRM
What does this say? Garamond Font, Italic, Bold 12pt.
This is very difficult to read. Times Font, Bold, 12pt.
This point could be lost. Century Gothic Font, Bold, Italic, 14pt.
No one will be able to read this. Gill Sans Font, Condensed Bold, 12pt
Combining small font sizes with bold or italics is
Small fonts are okay for a footer, such as:
• Don’t Sacrifice Re