17 PowerPoint Presentation Tips to Make More Creative Slideshows

Written by Jamie Cartwright

Creating a great PowerPoint presentation is a skill that any professional can benefit from. The problem? It’s really easy to get it wrong. From poor color choices to confusing slides, a bad PowerPoint slideshow can distract from the fantastic content you’re sharing with stakeholders on your team.

That’s why it’s so important to learn how to create a PowerPoint presentation from the ground up, starting with your slides. Even if you’re familiar with PowerPoint, a refresher will help you make a more attractive, professional slideshow. Let’s get started.

  1. Open Microsoft PowerPoint.
  2. If a page with templates doesn’t automatically open, go to ‘File’ at the top left of your screen and click ‘New Presentation’.
  3. To use a template, either click the ‘Design’ tab or go to ‘File’ again and click ‘New from Template’.
  4. Insert a new slide by clicking on the ‘Home’ tab and then the ‘New Slide’ button.
  5. Consider what content you want to put on the slide, including heading, text, and imagery.
  6. Keep the amount of text under 6-8 lines (or 30 words) at a minimum of size 24 pt.
  7. Add images by clicking ‘Insert’ and clicking the ‘Pictures’ icon.
  8. Add other elements by using features in the ‘Home’ and ‘Insert’ tabs on the top ribbon.
  9. Play around with the layout by dragging elements around with your mouse.

I like to think of Microsoft PowerPoint as a test of basic professional skills. To create a passing presentation, I need to demonstrate design skills, technical literacy, and a sense of personal style.

If the presentation has a problem (like an unintended font, a broken link, or unreadable text), then I’ve probably failed the test. Even if my spoken presentation is well rehearsed, a bad visual experience can ruin it for the audience.

No matter your topic, successful PowerPoints depend on three main factors: your command of PowerPoint’s design tools, your attention to presentation processes, and your devotion to consistent style. Here are some simple tips to help you start mastering each of those factors, and don’t forget to check out the additional resources at the bottom of this post.

How to Make a PowerPoint Presentation

A presentation is made up of multiple slides, and now that you know how to make one, you can delve deeper into PowerPoint’s capabilities.

1. Open a blank presentation again or start from one you’ve already created.

If you’ve already created a presentation, double-click the icon to open the existing file. Otherwise, open Microsoft PowerPoint, click File in the top left corner, and click New Presentation. From there, you can follow the prompts to set up a new presentation.

2. Choose a theme or create your own.

Microsoft offers built-in themes and color variations to help you design your slides with a cohesive look. To choose from these pre-built themes, choose the File tab again, select New, choose one of the options, and click Create.

Otherwise, you can use PowerPoint elements, your design sense, and your brand’s color palette to make your own “theme.”

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