PowerPoint Presentations

4:3 vs. 16:9 PowerPoint Aspect Ratio


Due to the size of modern television sets and computer screens, presentations are slowly moving to a 16:9 aspect ratio. (PowerPoint 2013 already defaults to a 16:9 screen format.) Internal presentations are still more likely to be 4:3, but today it is becoming very common that external events, held in professional presentation spaces, will call for the widescreen 16:9 format. That said, it is still a good idea to make sure the projectors in your meeting room(s) support it.

Starting your own 16:9 presentation in Powerpoint from scratch is easy. Simply go to Design/Page Setup and select “On-screen Show (16:9)” from the dropdown menu. However, converting an existing 4:3 slide deck to 16:9 may not be an easy change. Images and logos will be stretched, and images or type at the very top or bottom may fall off the page completely. So don’t leave this to the last minute, prepare in advance for the appropriate screen size.

To help with this technological transition, the Seattle Children’s Online Brand Toolkit, now offers both 4:3 and 16:9 format versions. Simply download the one that is correct for your presentation situation.

See below for instructions on how to substitute your department logo for the basic Seattle Children’s logo on your presentation.


Five Design Styles to Choose From

These templates were designed to offer distinctive styles, which convey different tones, and also to accommodate differing levels of expertise with PowerPoint. To use a template, you must first download it to your own drive folder.

It is strongly recommended that you use one style and font throughout your presentation for visual consistency (keeping Seattle Children’s branding in mind). It is also more visually pleasing to limit the number of font sizes you use, and be consistent in your header, body copy and bullet point text sizes and colors throughout your presentation.


Simple Presentation Template

Perfect for a quick impressive presentation, this template offers the a minimum of design choices, but allows you to easily and professionally get your message across to your audience.

Download the simple presentation template

Download the simple presentation template 16:9 format

 Basic Template

The basic PowerPoint template has a clean and simple design, with a few more options.

Download the basic template

Download the basic template 16:9 format

Dark Background Template

The dark background PowerPoint template has dark colored chiclets and clear white space with plenty of room for content.

Download the dark background template

Download the dark background template 16:9 format


Less Toner Template

This template allows you create an attractive PowerPoint presentation, yet print on a local printer using less toner.

Download Less Toner Template

Download Less Toner Template 16:9


Chiclet Template

The chiclet PowerPoint template has colorful chiclets on the presentation title page and section pages throughout the slides.

Download Chiclet Presentation


Download Chiclet Presentation 16:9 format


Research Institute Template

This PowerPoint template includes slides with facts about Seattle Children’s Research Institute that can be added to any of the PowerPoint templates above.

Download the Research Institute template (4:3 format)

Download the Research Institute template (16:9 format)

Slide Library

We have developed a slide library with a collection of different slide layouts and graphic elements to select from to use in your presentations.

Download the slide library (4:3 format)

Download the slide library (16:9 format)

PowerPoint Tutorial

The PowerPoint tutorial will provide technical training for you to maximize the templates’ capabilities.

Download the PowerPoint tutorial

If you have questions about any of these templates please email marcommrequests@seattlechildrens.org, or just click the “Tell me” link (with the little light bulb) on the top toolbar of the PowerPoint screen.


Adding a Department Name to your PowerPoint Presentation

It’s easy to substitute your department logo lockup for the basic Seattle Children’s logo provided in the PowerPoint templates above. Download instructions on adding your department logo lockup here.



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If you decide to proceed with your newsletter, the template (available through marcommrequests@seattlechildrens.org) offers many layout options so that you can customize it to fit your needs. Remember, the most efficient and earth-friendly way to distribute your newsletter will be to send it by email as a .pdf file.