Step by Step Instructions on How to Make a Poster Using PowerPoint

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  1. Start PowerPoint: Make a New presentation – a blank one. When asked for a Layout, choose a blank one – one without anything – even a title.
  2. Choose the size of your poster using page setup: Select a poster (slide) 36" wide x 36" high.
  3. In order to add text, the text needs a "container" – a Text Box. Two ways to make a text box:
  4. As in many programs, you can change the font and size by highlighting the text to be changed and then making the changes. If you don't see the font size you want in the selection list, enter it in by hand.
  5. To move a Text Box, position your pointer over a part of the edge of the box that is not a handle until the pointer becomes shaped like a plus sign with arrows. Click and drag the Text Box..
  6. You can change many text features using the Format menu/Text Box.
  7. Adding images: The two ways to add images are:
  8. Background: You can select a background under the Format menu/Background. If you want a picture background, just use Insert/Picture and place it behind everything else. Be careful of using too big of an image – large files can become cumbersome to work with.
  9. Lines, Boxes, Arrows: There are many other things that PowerPoint can do. Next to the Text Box tool are tools to make ovals, boxes, lines, arrows, etc. When you have made one of these, you can change it (when it is selected) with the Format menu/Colors and Lines.
  10. Zoom: You can control the zoom amount by clicking on the zoom choice box (if visible), or using the View menu/Zoom.
  11. Printing: Before printing a full size draft, you can print a small version by selecting “fit to paper” under printing options (choose Microsoft Powerpoint options).