Using DAC Templates
The provided templates can be found in the templates section of this part of the DAC website. All the templates have been proven to be very well suited for a technical presentation.
Guidelines PPT Presentation
(left click to view with plug-in, or right click to save to disk)
- This is a stand-alone presentation and as such needs more information on a slide than if someone is presenting
- Big, bold fonts in "sans serif" (Helvetica/Arial) are the rule for projected presentations
- Simple, contrasting colors
- Effective use of animation
Starting from Scratch
- Choose the template you like by first selecting the style from the thumbnails and looking at a bigger version of that when clicking on it
- After deciding which style you want to use, right-click on the PowerPoint file version hyperlink of that template
- Save into your personal folder
- Open it in PowerPoint
- Delete the pre-designed pages and start with making your own
- Make sure the number of slides and the level of detail is appropriate for the time you have allotted
- Typical twenty-five minute presentations range from 15-25 slides
- 12 minute presentations range from 8-12 slides.
Converting Existing Slides
- Download the PowerPoint template version of the style you choose (e.g.: blue.dot) in a directory of your choice
- Open your existing PowerPoint presentation
- Click: "Format", "Apply Design"
- Click on the template you have chosen
- Click "Apply"
- Check that all the changes were done correctly
Any previously made slide that does not conform to the predefined template as laid out by PowerPoint will not convert correctly to that template. This is deliberate: PowerPoint assumes that when you deviate from their provided "Auto Layout" style you do so intentionally and do not want any global change to happen on that particular slide. Slides that do not appear to have converted correctly can mostly be corrected by clicking "Slide Layout" and "Reapply" however, you will lose intentional changes, e.g. font color change within a sentence, etc.