How to add text to the poster template

How to add text to the poster template

If you are using one of our research poster templates for your presentation you will notice the text placeholders that are already on the poster. There are two kinds of placeholders on the template. Section header placeholders and body text placeholders. They are titled with the most common titles in poster presentations:


  • Introduction, Background, or Abstract
  • (a place to quickly summarize your topic and trigger your audience’s interest)
  • Materials and Methods or Process (a place to describe your process and what led to your results)
  • Results (the place where the results of your experiment are explained)
  • Conclusions or Discussion (the place where you explain why your results are conclusive and provide the reader with a short but solid justification of your hypothesis)
  • References or Literature Cited (This is where you make a list of the literature you have cited regarding this project. List the names of authors, publications and publishing dates)
  • Acknowledgments sometimes replaced by Contact Information (This section is optional but if you have the room you can use it to thank the people who helped with your project of provide your contact information)
  • Depending on your type of research you may have to use some variation of the above.


When you click inside a placeholder its text disappears and is replaced with what you type. You can move, delete or add as many placeholders as you need for your presentation. The video below will demonstrate how to add text manually or by cutting and pasting from another document.

Understanding text sizes in PowerPoint:

PowerPoint has a size limit of 56 inches (142.24 cm). In order to create a poster larger than 56 inches, the working document has to be created at half the size of the final poster. For example, a 48x72 poster will be printed from a 24x36 PowerPoint document. Than means that all the text on the original document is also at half the size of final.

If your document is 56 inches or under, the file will be printed at 100% the original which means that your fonts will print the same size as they are on the original document.

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