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Poster Instructions - Windows

These instructions are based upon the current standard Microsoft Office Suite (with notes for Office 2003)

You are going to create a single PowerPoint slide that is 35 inches by 43 inches.

Step 1: Create a PowerPoint "Poster" Slide

  • Open PowerPoint Select "Design" and "Page Setup" (Office 2003: select "File" and "Page Setup")
    • Select "Custom" from the "Slides Sized for:" drop-down menu and adjust the height and width
    • Select the appropriate orientation: Portrait orientation - 35" width x 43" height or Landscape orientation - 43" width x 35" height
    • Delete the standard slide text/graphic boxes
    • Add content to your poster as you would a PowerPoint slide:
      • insert  text boxes to organize your material, text and images, on the slide
      • backgrounds are best selected from the pre-set design schemes
  • About Images
    • Avoid using too many large images
    • Don't use a background image that will make text hard to read!
    • Don't resize a small image to a larger one using Powerpoint!
  • It will be helpful to zoom in and out to get the layout that you want and also to work with your text. To zoom, go to "View" and select "Zoom".
  • Save your work as usual

NOTE: Important things to remember/consider:

  • Project Requirements - Does your poster contain the items required for your project. Professors or organizations typically require some or all of the following:
    • Your name(s) (and the names of any sponsors)
    • Date (or semester)
    • Course, or department, or your project name
    • Your professor's name
    • References (may be able to use smaller fonts)
  • Preview, Preview, Preview - Use the print preview whenever possible in this process to see if your output looks correct.
  • Things to check:
    • Does the poster size look OK with respect to the displayed borders (not a postage stamp on a huge screen)? If not, check page/paper sizes
    • Are top/bottom or left/right sections of the poster clipped? If not, check the orientation and/or the length/width order of the paper size (e.g., may need to change 43x35 to 35x43)
    • Remember the image notes above (too many, too large, or resized images can look great but cause problems with printing)
    • PowerPoint has a "Grid and Guides" function which you can lay over your poster; this might be useful for lining things up. Find it in the "View" menu.
    • Will your text color be hard to read on your background graphic?
Step 2: Create a PDF of your PowerPoint slide
Note that PDF submission is not required for every project. For individual printing requests it is required.