New to PowerPoint? Confused at choosing fonts for your presentation? Here are some tips on PowerPoint fonts.
1. Know the fonts
The first thing is to know which fonts are proper for your presentation and audience. Font category includes 3 pairs: formal and informal, display and content, serif and sans serif.
2. Stick to the fonts
Pick the three or four fonts that you want to use in your presentation and stick to them. Here, less is more. A few fonts will make it easier for the audience to catch clues on what you are conveying.
3. Bigger is better
Never keep your PowerPoint fonts too small. Whether you are presenting live to a group of a thousand or creating a kiosk to be run one person at a time, remember not to make fonts too small. Or, the characters won’t be seen by the entire audience. Generally, keep title lines greater than 42 points and the text 36 point or larger. Regular slide text should never be smaller than a 16-point character. Labels and captions should never be smaller than 14-point. Words such as "Announcing", "Presenting", "New", and other eye-catchers should always be at least 32-point. My suggestion for title fonts in PowerPoint is running at 60 points if possible.
4. Bold fonts as possible
It’s good to use bold fonts in PowerPoint, particularly when you use PC to TV converters since these devices may drop out portions of letters due to interpolation. Bold fonts will give more width and density to letter shapes, and thus improve legibility. People seldom use all bold fonts on a webpage or a printed document; but it is OK to consider using ALL bold fonts in presentations.
5. Concern your audience
Not everyone can see well, especially older folks and those who have vision problems. If you use all bold fonts as mentioned in Tip 2, then what do you do when you need to emphasize some texts? There’re alternatives. Use a different color for the font, italicize the text or underline it. You can even combine all three. You are not limited to black and white printed text, color can be a powerful tool – use it!
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