How to Make a Poster in PowerPoint – PowerPoint is a tool to create slideshows and other types of presentations. This can also be used to display multimedia in formats that are not available in the accompanying Microsoft Office applications such as Word or Excel. Another useful but less well-known feature in PowerPoint is the ability to create posters that can be printed, both large and small.
Determine the Size of Your PowerPoint Poster
When creating a poster in PowerPoint, the first thing you need to do is determine its size.
1. Launch PowerPoint.
2. Select an existing template or open a blank presentation.
3. Select the Design tab, which is located near the top left corner of the PowerPoint interface.
4. PowerPoint 2013 and higher: Click the Slide Size button, located in the Customize PowerPoint ribbon section.
PowerPoint 2010: Click the Page Settings button.
5. When the drop-down menu appears, select:
Windows: Custom Slide Size
MacOS: Page Settings
6. The Slide Size should now be displayed, overlay the main PowerPoint window.
Change the Width and Height to meet your specific poster specifications, keep in mind that the printer that you will be using must support the size you set here.
Some common poster sizes (measured in inches, width x height) are 11 “x 17”, 18 “x 24”, 24 “x 36”, 27 “x 41” (formerly the general size for movie posters), 48 “x 36 “and 56” x 36 “.
7. The maximum slide size is 56 “x 56”. If you need to make a poster bigger than this, just set the dimensions to be exactly half the size of the output you want both width and height. Then when it comes time to print your poster (instructions found later in the tutorial) you will set the output to 200%, doubling the dimensions configured in PowerPoint.
8. You will see that as soon as you change the Width or Height, the value in the Slides drop-down menu for: will automatically switch to Custom. This is expected and can be ignored behavior. Once you are satisfied with your slide size settings, click the OK button.
9. A message can now appear, noting that you have resized to a new slide size. It is recommended that you choose:
Windows: Make sure the Fit button
MacOS: Scale button
10. The size of your poster must now be fully determined.
Add Content to Your PowerPoint Poster
At this point you should return to the main PowerPoint interface, view slide 1. This is the only slide that you must use to create your poster, so all the desired content must be placed here in whatever style and format you want.
Creating content for PowerPoint posters is basically the same as if you create content for presentation slides, what you see is what you get. We recommend that you take the time with details such as backgrounds and fonts and the placement of images and text, ensuring that your poster really stands out after printing.
Print your PowerPoint Poster
If you have determined the size of the slides and completed the design, it’s time to print your poster! First, make sure that you have paper loaded correctly and that your printer is online and can be recognized by the computer you are using. Next, take the steps below.
Note: To print in PowerPoint 2010, follow our tutorial replacing the steps below, selecting the Full Page Slide option in step 3.
1. Windows and PowerPoint Online: Select the File tab, which is located near the upper left corner of the PowerPoint interface. Click Print, found in the left menu panel.
macOS: Click File in the PowerPoint menu, located at the top of the screen. When the drop-down menu appears, select Print.
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2. Windows: PowerPoint print options will now be visible, with a preview of your poster slide on the right side of the screen. Make sure the correct printer is selected and the Settings section is configured to print a Full Page Slide. You can choose to print your poster in Grayscale or Pure Black and White if desired, even though the default setting is Color.
macOS: PowerPoint print options should now be visible. Click on the Show Details button and make sure the correct printer is selected and the Layout settings are set to Slide. You can choose to print your poster in Grayscale or Black and White if desired, even if the default setting is Color.
PowerPoint Online: Selecting the Print Full Page Slides option. It will now be visible, with a preview of your poster slide on the right side of the screen. You can choose to print your poster in Color (standard) or Black and White.
3. Once satisfied with this setting, select the Print button to complete the process.