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How to Make a Poster Using Microsoft PowerPoint

How to Make a Poster Using Microsoft PowerPoint

Microsoft PowerPoint is not only for presentations – but also provides all the creative tools you need to design beautiful posters. Just set the dimensions, design the poster, and print it. Here’s how to make a poster using PowerPoint.

Determine Poster Dimensions

Posters come in all sizes, but the first thing you need to know is that the PowerPoint slide limit is 56-inches x 56-inches, so you have to plan it precisely. It is also important to note that you want to adjust the dimensions of your poster before you start designing your poster. If not, you might have to work on parts of your design because of the change in size.

Here are some standard poster sizes to get you started:

  • Small poster: 11 “x 17”
  • Medium Poster: 18 “x 24”
  • Large poster: 24 “x 36” or 27 “x 39”

After you decide on the size of your poster, set the dimensions in PowerPoint. To do this, open PowerPoint and navigate to the “Design” tab.


In the “Customization” group, select “Slide Size.”


Select “Custom Slide Size” from the dropdown menu.


The “Slide Size” window will appear. Enter the width and height specifications to match the size you want. Remember that if your height is greater than your width, the orientation of the slide will automatically change to “Portrait.”

When finished, select “OK.”


Once selected, a new window will appear giving you two scaling options: Maximize or Ensure. If your slide already has content in it, you want to select “Make Sure it Matches.”


Your slides will now be resized.

Design Your Poster

Your poster design will depend entirely on you. You should pay attention to the poster’s background, text and image settings, font size and style, etc. Basically, you have to treat this section exactly as if you just made another slide for the presentation.

After your design is ready, all you need to do is print and hang it!

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