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Choosing the Best Font and Color for PowerPoint October 23, 2008

Filed under: Tips — Julie Smith @ 5:21 pm

    A faculty member at Sam Houston State University, Solomon Schneider, in Huntsville Texas created some guidelines for choosing colors for your PowerPoint that have the best text legibility.


  • Medium colored text + Medium colored background= Low Legibility (Bad)
  • Very Light Font + A dark background= High Legibility (Good)
  • When you click ‘more colors’ on the color wheel the inner most 2 rings are considered light
  • The outermost 2 rows are considered the dark colors
  • Everything in between is considered medium colors

   -“When the audience can’t read text instantly- they quit trying


  • Verdana is better than Arial because the space between the letters
  • At least 28 point text is necessary for large conference rooms where people are up to 50 feet away
  • Don’t use Shadowed text
  • The most readable text is either in Color or Bold

For more information on Colors and Fonts- visit: http://www.ellenfinkelstein.com/powerpoint_tip_text_legibility.html


One Response to “Choosing the Best Font and Color for PowerPoint”

  1. Thanks, Julie. I hadn’t noticed the difference in kerning between letters in Verdana and Arial. I’ll have to take a look at that.

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