Source references in PowerPoint: Yes or No? … Depends on …
Almost all presentation experts advise not to place source references in PowerPoint on the slides, because due to their size of 6-8 points they can usually not be read even at a small viewing distance and the visual effect of the slide on the viewer disturbs. The font size problem applies especially when the audience is older than 40+. The standard solution is therefore to “put it in the handouts”. But what do you do if the slides and the handouts are identical, e.g. for time reasons?
Here it is possible to make the source information in PowerPoint invisible only in presentation mode. This means that they are visible in the working mode and in the printout (handouts), but while you are presenting the source information becomes invisible through an animation.
Of course, there are also situations where the sources must always be visible for legal reasons.
However, it is often not considered that many presentations are not held at all, but are read or treated like a publication. In this case, PowerPoint serves as a layout program to create documents such as manuals, instructions and exposés or similar or to save them as PDF files. However, since such documents are not presented or recited, the source references can be placed in the footer area or in the lower area of the slide. Point size approx. 6 points.
How to animate references and similar from the slide I show you in the post “Delete your logos” – as a tip in the lower part of the page.