Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Create an Academic Poster

Where do I find...

Slide size

  • Design > Slide Size > Custom Slide Size > 122x92 cm or 48”x36” (or specific size required).
  • Specific requirements can vary from conference to conference, so be sure to follow instructions on slide size, including an abstract, etc.


  • Insert > Text Box to add the first text box, then Copy and Paste it once you have it properly formatted.
  • Use sans serif fonts such as Arial or Calibri for body text.

Font size

  • Title: 100-120 pt, Authors: 60-90 pt, Institution: 40-60 pt
  • Section titles: 40-60 pt
  • Body text: at least 28 pt, over 32 pt is ideal.
  • References & Acknowledgments can be as small as 18 pt


  • Background Colour: Design > Format Background

  • Text Box Colour: right click on text box > Format Shape > Fill / Line


  • Right click on text box > Size and Position
  • Text Box > Do not Autofit
  • Size: manually enter size using whole numbers
  • Position: manually enter position using whole numbers, leave 1 cm / 0.5 inch borders between text boxes
  • Calculate text box size based on poster height/width, with 1 cm borders and space between text boxes
  • Use Guides and zoom to help align objects: right click on slide > Guides > select both Smart Guides and Guides


Suggest an edit to this guide

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.