The image on the left is an example of a poorly designed slide in terms of readability.
A number of factors, such as room lighting and room size, can affect the readability of slides during a presentation. So, when creating your slides, choose colors, styles, and font sizes that make it easy for your audience to read what’s on screen, wherever they are.
When changing font colors, choose the ones that contrast strongly with the background. When choosing a combination of font and background colors, you can also take into account the room in which you will be presenting. Light-colored fonts on a dark background are often easier to read in a very dark room. Dark fonts on a light background, on the other hand, work better in low-light areas.
In the case of font styles, avoid fancy fonts like script styles. These fonts are difficult to read on a computer screen at the best of times and nearly impossible to decipher when projected onto a screen. Stick to standard fonts like Arial, Times New Roman, or Verdana.
The default font sizes used in a PowerPoint presentation — 44-point text for headlines and 32-line text for subtitles and bullets — should match the minimum size you use. If the space you represent is very large, you may need to increase the font size.
- Change font style and font size
- Change the font color
- PowerPoint slide after changing font color and style
Change font style and font size
Highlight the text you want to change by hovering over the text to highlight it.
Click the font drop-down list. Scroll through the list of available fonts to make your choice.
With the text still selected, choose a new font size from the font size drop-down list.
Change the font color
Find a button font color on the toolbar. It’s the letter A to the left of the button Design † The colored line below the A on the button indicates the current color. If that’s the color you want to use, just click the button.
To change the font color to another, click the drop-down arrow next to the button to see more color choices. You can choose to display a default color or click the “More colors…” button to see more options.
Deselect the text to see the effect.
Above is an animated video of the process of changing the font style and color.
PowerPoint slide after changing font color and style
Here is the finished slide after changing the font color and font style. The slide is now much easier to read.