I use PowerPoint every day. It’s great for creating impressive presentations or worksheets for students. Today I’m sharing three of my favorite PowerPoint tips with you.
PowerPoint Tip # 1: Character Spacing
Where is it? You can find this feature under the “font” section in PowerPoint.
What does it do? It spaces out the letters.
Why would I use it? You can use this PowerPoint tip if your font makes the letters look too crowded. It’s also great to use with young readers, because this feature makes the words easier to read.
How do I use it? Insert your text box and type your text. Go ahead and get the font, font size, and color that you want. Next, highlight the text that you want to space out. In the font menu, click the arrow in the bottom right corner. Click on “character spacing.” Change it to “expanded.” Where it says, “By,” click the up arrow to set your spacing. If you don’t like it, simply repeat this process and increase or decrease your spacing number.
What it looks like:
The top (black text) has NO character spacing.
The bottom (red text) DOES HAVE character spacing.
PowerPoint Tip # 2: Exporting High-Quality Images
Where is it? You can find this feature by going to “File” then “Options” then “Advanced.”
What does it do? If you use PowerPoint to make images, this feature makes your images clear and crisp.
Why would I use it? You can use this PowerPoint tip if you want your images to be sharper and clearer. People will read your work, but as humans, we tend to see the images first. You want any images you create to be top-quality.
How do I use it?
PowerPoint Tip # 3: Centering Text in a Table
Where is it? First you will need to create a table. Then you’ll need to type in your text. Once this is done, you will highlight the text. Then go to “Layout.” In the “Alignment” section, you can center it by clicking the middle buttons (as highlighted below in the second photo).
What does it do? This centers your text. If you click the top highlighted option (see image above), it will center your text horizontally. If you click the bottom highlighted option (see image above), it will center your text vertically.
Why would I use it? You can use this PowerPoint tip if you want your text to look clean and professional. If you use text boxes, they look bad if you have all of the text at the top and a lot of white space at the bottom. I don’t always center my text horizontally, but I ALWAYS center it vertically. It looks better – every time!
I hope these PowerPoint tips have been helpful! I’ve been creating for almost a decade, and I wish that someone would have told me about them sooner!
I challenge you to use these PowerPoint tips in your next presentation or creation. Don’t forget to come back here and leave me a comment to let me know how they worked!