Colby Undergraduate Research Symposium
Brief Tips for Effective PowerPoint Presentations
Following the tips listed below will help to
avoid any problems when you put your presentation on the computer provided
in the session room. The presentation should run regardless of the type of computer
on which it was created. A preview room on Roberts second floor (signs will be posted) equipped with computer projection capabilities
will be available for you to preview your presentation prior to your talk. We strongly urge
you to take advantage of this opportunity to help avoid unexpected problems.
You should bring your presentation on a zip disk to the
assigned room before the start of the session so that it can be loaded on to
the computer there before the session starts.
- Images: Save all images as jpegs before
importing them into PowerPoint.
- Fonts: Use only the standard system fonts, not the
funny ones you downloaded from the web.
- Attached Files: Keep movies and others files in the same
folder as the presentation. If you need to move the presetation around, move
the whole folder. The presentation will find them automatically in that folder.
- Computer platform: When making the presentation, if you
are on a different computer platform than what you created the presentation
on, open PowerPoint first, then open the presentation.
- Version: You may want to make sure your presentation is not
in a very new version of PowerPoint, in case the session computer has the
earlier version. To avoid problems, you can "Save As..." to a lower version
(i.e. PowerPoint XP to PowerPoint 2000). And bring this version with you on
the zip disk.