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Adding text to your poster

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 typed. 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.


This video does not require audio. Click on the youtube_replay icon to replay the video. Click on the youtube_enlarge icon to enlarge the screen.

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.

How to read the table below:
The table below is shows how big the fonts will print on a poster that is smaller than 56 inches and a poster larger than 56 inches.

Recommended sizes for the title: The font sizes that are generally used in poster titles.
Recommended sizes for main body of text: The font sizes generally use for body text
The RED row of numbers: These are the font sizes (in Points) you can set your text to be on the poster.
The third row down: Is how big the above Point sizes will appear in Inches on a printed poster that is up 48x56 inches.
The bottom row: Is how big the above Point sizes will appear on a printed poster that is larger than 56 inches.

Example One: You have a 42x56 poster template. Your text size is 36 points. When your poster is printed your text will measure half an inch tall.

Example Two: You have a 42x60 poster template. Your text size is 36 points. When your poster is printed your text will measure one inch tall.


Recommended sizes for the title


Recommended sizes for main body of text

Poster Size

72 points


















Up to 48x56”

1 inch


















On side is longer than 56”

2 inches




















- 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
How to add bulleted text

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