PowerPoint Basics

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PowerPoint Basics

  1. 1. PowerPoint Basics: Tips and Design Principles
  2. 2. • Remember to use graphics and special effects sparingly. This is not an effective PowerPoint slide! • Choose fonts and colors that are easy on the eyes. Avoid light- colored text, and consider using sans serif instead of serif fonts. • Do not place too much text on any one slide. Keep plenty of “white space” on each slide. No! Yes!
  3. 3. • Choose graphics wisely – if possible, they should convey an idea at a glance. Leave adequate “white space” and try to balance the page. Sources for graphics: • Research Medical Library databases that contain images along with articles: http://www3.mdanderson.org/library/databases/images.html • MD Anderson’s Medical Graphics & Photography resource (may require login): https://dcpwpcumulus.mdanderson.edu/guests/ • Google Advanced Image Search – limit results to “usage rights – free to use or share: http://www.google.com/advanced_image_search
  4. 4. • Remember that this isn’t your grandparents’ PowerPoint! There are all kinds of shapes, charts, and “SmartArt” that you can find under the “Insert” menu and easily customize. Customize Me… with a few points and clicks! 0 2 4 6
  5. 5. • PowerPoint is also useful for creating large posters. MD Anderson has several templates for use by faculty, staff, and students: http://inside.mdanderson.org/departments/medical- graphics/scientific-posters-slide-presentations.html
  6. 6. Follow the same design principles for PowerPoint posters that you would for slideshows: • Use graphics wisely and try to balance them with digestible chunks of information • Leave plenty of white space • Use easy-to-read fonts • Follow your institution’s “branding” requirements if applicable
  7. 7. Don’t forget to include citations on your PowerPoint slideshow or poster. Depending on where you got the information, citations may be needed for: • Paraphrased bullet points • Data in charts or graphs • Illustrations or photos if the creator is identified

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