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Chapter 21: Ten Tips for Creating Readable Slides
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Ten Tips for Creating
Readable Slides
This chapter gives you a few random tips and pointers that will help you
produce readable slides.
Try Reading the Slide from the Back of the Room
The number-one rule of creating readable slides is that everyone in the room
must be able to read them. If you’re not certain, there’s one sure way to find
out: Try it. Fire up the projector, call up the slide, walk to the back of the
room, and see whether you can read it. If you can’t, you need to make an
adjustment.
Remember that everyone’s eyesight might not be as good
as yours. If you have perfect vision, squint a little when
you get to the back of the room to see how the slide
might appear to someone whose vision isn’t perfect.
If a projector isn’t handy, make sure you can read
your slides from 10 or 15 feet away from your
computer’s monitor.
Avoid Small Text
If you can’t read a slide from the back of the room, it’s
probably because the text is too small. The rule to live by
is that 24-point type is the smallest you should use for text
that you want people to read. A 12-point type might be perfectly
readable in a Word document, but it’s way too small for PowerPoint.
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