- Using fonts correctly in PowerPoint presentations
- Sharp contrast between fonts and background
- Use standard fonts
- Consistency makes for a better presentation
- Don’t use only capital letters
- Use different fonts for headings and bullets
- Avoid script type fonts
- Use italics sparingly
- Make fonts large for readability
- The note
- Using the dimmed text feature
Using fonts correctly in PowerPoint presentations
Presenters use PowerPoint or other software for the thousands of presentations that take place every day around the world. Text is an important part of a digital presentation. Why not make the most of fonts to get the job done right? These ten speaker font tips will help you create a successful presentation.
Sharp contrast between fonts and background
The first and most important thing when using fonts in presentations is to provide a sharp contrast between the color of the fonts on the slide and the background color of the slide. Little contrast = little readability.
Use standard fonts
Stick to fonts common to every computer. No matter how incredible you think your font looks, if the display computer doesn’t have it, another font will be replaced – often distorting the look of your text on the slide.
Choose a font that suits the tone of your presentation. For the group of dentists, choose simple fonts. If your presentation is aimed at young children, now is the time to use a “fun” font. However, if this font is not installed on the presented computer, make sure to add true-type fonts to the presentation. This will increase the file size of your presentation, but at least your fonts will appear the way you intended.
Consistency makes for a better presentation
Be consistent. Stick to two or a maximum of three fonts for the entire presentation. Using the slide master before to start typing to set the selected fonts on the slides. This eliminates the need to change each slide individually.
Serif Fonts are those with small tails or “curly quests” on each letter. Times New Roman is an example of a serif font. These types of fonts are easiest to read on slides with a lot of text – (more text on slides should be avoided as much as possible when creating a PowerPoint presentation). Newspapers and magazines use serif fonts for text in articles because they are easier to read.
Sans serif fonts are fonts that are more like “alpha letters”. Simply. These fonts are great for headings on your slides. Examples of sans serif fonts are Arial, Tahoma, and Verdana.
Don’t use only capital letters
Avoid capitalization, even for titles. All capital letters are seen as shouting and words are harder to read.
Use different fonts for headings and bullets
Choose a different font for headings and bullets. This makes text slides a bit more interesting. bold text where possible so that it can be easily read in the back of the room.
Avoid script type fonts
Always avoid fonts. These fonts are hard to read at the best of times. In a darkened room, especially at the back of the room, they are almost undecipherable.
Use italics sparingly
Avoid italics unless it’s important, and bold the text for emphasis. Italicized letters pose the same problems as fonts – they are often difficult to read.
Make fonts large for readability
Do not use a font smaller than 18 pt, preferably at least 24 pt. Not only will this larger font fill your slide so there isn’t a lot of empty space, it will also limit your text. Too much text on a slide indicates that you are new to creating presentations.
Not all font sizes are the same. A 24-point font might work in Arial, but it’s smaller in Times New Roman.
Using the dimmed text feature
Use the function: dimmed text for markings. This emphasizes the current problem and brings it up as you make your point.