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Writing Center: Checklist For PowerPoints

A guide to information to help you research and write more effectively.

Checklist For PowerPoints


  • Contains a title slide with the name of the presentation and the name of the presenter 
  • Includes an introduction slide that outlines what will be covered in the presentation 
  • Presentation is focused on the topic that it is said to address in the title slide
  • Grabs the attention of the audience 


  • Summarizes the presentation 
  • Contains a “thanks for listening” note 
  • Contains an “any questions” note and allows the audience to ask questions


  • Information has been fact-checked
  • References and source information is included at the end of the presentation 
  • Text is simplified and only includes the most important information. Text is not overloaded and too long
  • Includes the information needed to understand the topic
  • Information is organized in a clear, logical way

Formatting & Visual Aids

  • Choice of the theme is appropriate for the topic 
  • Font and font size is professional and appropriate 
  • Font formats (color, bold, italics) are used to enhance the presentation and do not distract 
  • Text color is easy to read and appropriate for presentation 
  • Background does not make text or graphics hard to read
  • Font, font size, colors, background, and transitions are consistent and coherent 
  • All caps text is kept to a minimum 
  • Visual aids, such as transitions, are kept to a minimum and enhance the presentation without distraction
  • Free of spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors
  • Graphics are appropriate in size and color and support the presentation 
  • The layout is visually appealing and fits the message of the presentation 


  • The presenter looks at the audience when presenting
  • The presenter avoids looking at and reading from slides
  • The presenter presents with confidence and enthusiasm 
  • The presenter speaks with a clear voice and appropriate volume 
  • The presenter uses interactive methods to make the audience engaged
  • The presenter’s tone is varied and engaging  
  • The presenter keeps long pauses and verbal fillers, such as “um,” to a minimum