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Here are some tips to make the text on your slides more legible.

  1. Use high contrast color schemes – You can either use dark text on pale backgrounds or light text on dark backgrounds, but you should avoid mid colors on mid colors such as oyster gray on pewter gray or aqua on sea green.
    Tip: Ask yourself if the slide could be read if it were converted to black and white.

  2. Avoid combinations of over-bright colors – Combining too many bright colors can cause eye strain (or even a headache in an extreme case). Use the edit color options to tone down colors slightly. The impact will likely still be very effective

  3. Use subtle backgrounds – You don’t want a tool line or background image to compete with your main message.

  4. Beware projector washout – a projector tends to brighten colors. A subtle gray may actually appear to be white on the screen while a hunter green may become bright emerald green. The best way to check for this is to project your presentation.

  5. Use sans-serif fonts – Sans-serif fonts are "modern" fonts without extra strokes at the ends of letters. Sans-serif fonts include Verdana, Tahoma, Helvetica. Serif fonts include Times New Roman, Georgia, Palatino.

  6. Keep the text LARGE (28-36 points) – Most of the content should be about 32 points, and nested bullets only slightly smaller. Titles should be even larger (e.g. 44-50 pts). If you can’t fit the content on one slide consider splitting the content on separate slides or preparing a separate data handout.

  7. Use common fonts – If you plan to use your PowerPoint on a podium computer or machine you do not own, then you need to use common fonts that appear on most systems. This is especially an issue if you switch between Mac and PC.

  8. Simplify animations and transition effects – One line of falling letters is neat. Hundred of lines of falling letters is tiresome.

  9. Leave a reasonable margin (blank space) on the edge of the slide

  10. Check your slides from a distance – You could preview your presentation from the back of the room, but even moving your chair back could help

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