- If size matters, just adjust it!
- Determine poster size in PowerPoint
- Add content to your PowerPoint poster
- Print your PowerPoint poster
If size matters, just adjust it!
PowerPoint is a great tool for creating slide shows and other types of presentations. It can also be used to display media in formats not available in companion Microsoft Office applications such as Word or Excel. Another useful but lesser-known feature in PowerPoint is the ability to create printable posters, both large and small.
Determine poster size in PowerPoint
When you create a poster in PowerPoint, the first thing you need to determine is its size.
Select an existing template or open a blank presentation.
Select tab Design is located in the upper-left corner of the PowerPoint interface.
PowerPoint 2013 and later. Press the button Slide Size: is located in the section Institution on the PowerPoint ribbon.
PowerPoint 2010: Click the button Page Settings †
When the drop-down menu appears, select:
Windows: Custom Slide Size
macOS: Page Settings
The dialog should now be displayed Slide Size: or Page Settings which overlaps the main PowerPoint window.
Change settings Width And Height to match the specifications for your particular poster, as the printer you want to use must support the size you specify. Here.
Some common poster sizes (measured in inches, width x height): 11″ x 17″, 18″ x 24″, 24″ x 36″, 27″ x 41″ (once common for movie posters), 48″ x 36″, and 56 “x36”.
The maximum slide size in PowerPoint is 56″ x 56″. To make a poster larger than this size, simply set dimensions that are half the width and height of your desired product. Then, when it’s time to print your poster (instructions are further down in the guide), set the output to 200%, doubling the dimensions configured in PowerPoint.
You will notice that as soon as you change Width or Height the value in the drop-down menu Size slides for: switches automatically Amended † This is expected behavior and can be ignored. When you are happy with your slide size settings, click the Okay †
You may now see a message that you are scaling the image to the new slide size. It is recommended to choose:
Windows: button Ensure fit
macOS: button Scale
Your poster should now be in full size.
Add content to your PowerPoint poster
At this point, you should return to the main PowerPoint interface, looking at slide 1. This is the only slide you should use to create your poster, so any content you want should be placed here in whatever style and format you want. †
Creating content for a PowerPoint poster is essentially the same as creating content for a presentation slide, what you see is what you get. We recommend taking your time with details such as backgrounds and fonts, as well as the placement of images and text, to make sure your poster really stands out once printed.
Print your PowerPoint poster
Once you’ve determined your slide size and completed your design, it’s time to print your poster! First, make sure you have the correct paper loaded and your printer is connected to the network and recognized by the computer you are using. Then follow these steps.
To print in PowerPoint 2010, follow our instructions instead of the steps below by selecting the option: Full page slides at step 3.
Windows and PowerPoint Online. Select tab File is located in the upper-left corner of the PowerPoint interface. Click seal on the left side of the menu.
macOS: click File from the PowerPoint menu at the top of the screen. When the drop-down menu appears, select seal †
Windows: Options should now be visible seal in PowerPoint with a slide preview of your poster on the right side of the screen. Make sure the correct printer is selected and the partition Institutions configured for printing full page slides .You can print your poster in grayscale or Pure black and white if you want, although the default is set to color †
macOS: Now PowerPoint Options seal should be visible. Press the button Show details and make sure the correct printer is selected and for the option Layout set value slides † You can print your poster if you want. shades of grey or black and white although the default is set to Color.
PowerPoint online. Choose an option Print full pages of slides † PowerPoint options seal should now be visible, with a preview of your poster slide on the right side of the screen. You can print your poster in colored (default) or black and white †
After making these settings, click the button seal to end the process.