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Avoid Unsightly Color Combinations
Avoid Unsightly Color Combinations
The professionally chosen color schemes that come with PowerPoint are
designed to create slides that are easy to read. If you venture away from
them, be careful about choosing colors that are hard to read.
Watch the Line Endings
Sometimes, PowerPoint breaks a line at an awkward spot, which can make
slides hard to read. For example, a bullet point might be one word too long
to fit on a single line. When that happens, you might want to break the line
elsewhere so the second line has more than one word. (Press Shift+Enter to
create a line break that doesn’t start a new paragraph.)
Alternatively, you might want to drag the right margin of the text placeholder
to increase the margin width so that the line doesn’t have to be broken at all.
Web addresses (URLs) are notoriously hard to squeeze onto a single line. If
your presentation includes long URLs, pay special attention to how they fit.
Keep the Background Simple
Don’t splash a bunch of distracting clip art on the background unless it’s
essential. The purpose of the background is to provide a well-defined visual
space for the slide’s content. All too often, presenters put up slides that have
text displayed on top of pictures of the mountains or city skylines, which
makes the text almost impossible to read.
Use Only Two Levels of Bullets
Sure, it’s tempting to develop your subpoints into sub-subpoints and
sub-subsubpoints, but no one will be able to follow your logic. Don’t make your slides
more confusing than they need to be. If you need to make sub-sub-subpoints,
you probably need a few more slides.
Avoid Bullets Altogether If You Can
Bullets have become cliché. If possible, eliminate them altogether from your
presentation. A single, well-chosen photograph is often a far better way to
communicate a key point than a list of bullet points.
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