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Creating Posters with PowerPoint

Poster Templates

What software do I use to make a poster?

Powerpoint is one of the most common options for making posters. We have added some samples to this FAQ for your convenience.

Created in PowerPoint, these templates are an easy way to make a poster. Each template is a single slide enlarged to poster size, either left blank for your content or with sample text boxes and charts into which you can insert information. Feel free to alter as desired.

To open a template in Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox, right-click your mouse button on the appropriate link below, select "Save Target As" or "Save Link As," and choose where you would like to save the PowerPoint presentation. Then, open FOr PowerPoint and open the file you just saved. 

Or, you can create your own poster template:

1)   Open PowerPoint
2)   Go to Design
3)   Click on Page Setup
4)   From the drop-down list 'Slides sized for", select Custon (the last option on the list)
5)   For a standard 3' x 4' poster, type in Wiedgth 48" and Height 36"
6)   Click OK. 
7)   Click on Home.
8)   Click on Layout.
9)   Select a "Blank"
10)  Insert images, text boxes and the like using the Drawing set of options.  

Note:  The MSU Libraries Plotter is available for poster creation.    See the Plotter FAQ page.       

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