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Poster Design: Software

Use to guide to create an effective research, project, or other type of poster.

Which software should I use?

Many people use Microsoft PowerPoint to create posters, but there are other options available. Some options have steeper learning curves, but provide more options for your poster. Use whatever you feel comfortable with! 

Software Options

Tips for PowerPoint

It is important to change the slide size to the correct poster size before you start designing it.

  • On the Design tab, click Slide Size. Set your single slide to the size of your poster. 
  • 48" by 36" is a common size; however, check your conference requirements. 

If using PowerPoint Online:

  • You must edit the slide size in regular PowerPoint. Click Edit in PowerPoint in the upper right hand corner. 

Where to find this software