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What size to make your poster

Before you start working on your poster presentation you have to decide what size to make your poster. Each  conference publishes poster session guidelines indicating the space they are making available for poster presentations. You would need to follow their instructions or you may end up with a poster that is too big or too small for the available space.
It is common for conferences in the United States to provide a 4x8 foot space (48x96 inches) to the attendees, but not always, so be careful. Conferences outside the US most often provide smaller spaces and ask for vertical scientific posters (tall and narrow) in metric measurements.
To determine what size is best for your poster presentation you should look at the amount of information you want to present. Will your poster be mostly text, or a combination of text, graphs, charts, tables and photos? Most likely, your presentation is going to be a mix of all of the above.
Look at your source document(s). How many pages of text do you have? Assuming that you want to include pictures, tables, etc. in your poster, the table below offers a general idea of what size poster you may be able to create without having to make the text too small or too big. Please remember that this is a VERY general guide. 

Text pages in MS Word

Pictures

Tables/Graphs

Suggested poster sizes

3-5

1-4

0,1,2,3

48x36, 36x60

5-10

1-5

0,1,2,3

48x36, 36x60, 42x63

6-15

1-6

2,3,4,5

36x72, 48x48, 48x72

10-25

1-8

5,6,7,8

42x63, 48x72, 48x96

20 and above

any number

any number

48x72, 48x96



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- Deciding on a poster size
- How to download a template
- Overview of the poster template
- Fast-forward a poster presentation
- How to add a title to the poster
- How to add text to the poster
- How to change the template colors
- How to change the column layout
- How to add photos to the poster
- How to remove the instruction guides
- How to import a table
- How to add an organization chart
- How to add a pie chart
- How to add a bar chart
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How to add bulleted text

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