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Digital Accessibility

Additional Tips in PowerPoint

Following these additional tips in PowerPoint can help make your presentations more accessible for people with disabilities. 

Be Mindful To...

  • Write with plain language when possible.
  • Use a large font size, especially if the slides will be viewed on a projector.
    • Minimum of 18 point font.
    • Aim for 24 to 28 point font in the body and 36 to 44 point font in the slide title.
  • Avoid automatic slide transitions, and keep your transitions and animations simple.
    • Automatic slide transitions may not give people enough time to read your slide's content, and they can be particularly frustrating for those with cognitive disabilities. 
      Screenshot of the Transition settings in PowerPoint. The checkbox is selected for On Mouse Click and unselected for After.
      Keep "After" unchecked in the Transition settings to avoid automatic slide transitions.
    • Complex animations may be overly distracting from your slide content.
  • Include captions and transcripts for embedded videos.
  • Include a transcript for embedded audio.
  • Enable Always Use Subtitles to activate live captions if you will be presenting with a microphone.

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