Software & Apps MS Office 12 PowerPoint Presentation Tips To Know A dozen PowerPoint slide show tips Share Pin Email Print MS Office Powerpoint Word Excel Outlook By Wendy Russell Writer Former Lifewire writer Wendy Russell is an experienced teacher specializing in live communications, graphics design, and PowerPoint software. our editorial process Wendy Russell Updated February 12, 2020 Creating an effective and engaging PowerPoint presentation takes time, effort, and a bit of know-how. Follow these 12 guidelines to create a polished and professional slideshow. Instructions in this article apply to PowerPoint 2019, PowerPoint 2016, PowerPoint 2013, PowerPoint 2010, PowerPoint for Mac, and PowerPoint for Office 365. 01 of 12 Choose an Appropriate Template Beginning with a fresh, sophisticated, or elegant template improves the overall appearance of your presentation. You'll find Microsoft templates in PowerPoint. Go to File.Select New.Browse by category or search for a specific type of template.Choose the template you want to use and select Create. 02 of 12 Display PowerPoint Shows in Widescreen Widescreen monitors, laptops, televisions, and projectors are the norm. You can easily change the size of your PowerPoint slides. In PowerPoint on a PC: Go to Design.Select Slide Size in the Customize group.Choose Widescreen (16:9). In PowerPoint for Mac: Go to File.Select Page Setup.In the Page Setup dialog box, choose Widescreen (16:9) under Slides Sized For. 03 of 12 Limit Fonts Stick with two attractive, complementary fonts throughout your slideshow. Use one font for all of the titles and the other font for all the bullet points or other content. This gives your presentation a cohesive and refined appearance. 04 of 12 Insert Quality Images Always add professional stock photos, high-resolution pictures you took yourself, or other high-quality graphics to your PowerPoint slides. Cartoonish drawings or fuzzy photos cause your presentation to appear unprofessional. 05 of 12 Go Easy on the Animations An animated transition or a zooming object can add emphasis or grab your audience's attention during a slideshow presentation. However, too many animations are distracting. When adding animations to your slides, remember that less is more. When you do incorporate them, stick one or two simple animations, such as Zoom or Fade. 06 of 12 Show and Tell Try not to overwhelm your audience with too much information at one time. Cover a single point on a slide. Make sure that the slide title reflects the point you want to make, add bullet points to clarify your message, and add media to support the information. 07 of 12 Resume Your PowerPoint Show After a Pause At times, it is necessary to stop the presentation and resume after a short break. Fortunately, you can pause and resume a slideshow with ease. Press B to pause with a black screen or press W to pause with a white screen.Press B or W again to resume the presentation. 08 of 12 Offer Handouts Email a presentation to people who are unable to attend or print the slideshow to allow participants to take their own notes. There are several ways to convert a PowerPoint presentation to a Word document that can be sent in an email or provided as a printed document. 09 of 12 Rehearse Your Presentation Before you present your slideshow to an audience, rehearse and time the delivery. Go to Slide Show.Select Rehearse Timings.Select Next, click on the slide, or press the Right Arrow key to go to the next slide or activate the next animation.Select Pause to pause the recording or Resume Recording to resume.When you get to the end of the slideshow, select Yes to save the slide timings. 10 of 12 Create an Obvious Ending Make it apparent to your audience that the presentation is over. Create a slide with rolling credits or a message informing them that the slideshow has finished. 11 of 12 Duplicate the Final Slide Avoid clicking away from the last slide accidentally by duplicating the final slide. Right-click the slide in the Slide pane on the left.Select Duplicate Slide. 12 of 12 Start Another Presenter's Slide Show Seamlessly If someone else is following you with another presentation or if you want to connect two smaller slideshows, link from one PowerPoint presentation to another. Select text or an object on the final slide of the first presentation. You will click on this to go to the next slideshow.Go to Insert.Select Link or Hyperlink to open the Insert Hyperlink dialog box.Choose Existing File or Web Page.Navigate to the presentation file you want to link to.Select Bookmark and choose the title of the slide that you want to link to.Select OK.