APA Formatting For Powerpoint (Easy Guide)

When it comes to research papers and presentations, there are a few different formatting styles that you may need to use. APA is one of the most common, and it is typically used in research documents. If you’re wondering how to format your PowerPoint presentation in APA style, you’ve come to the right place.

In this easy guide, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about APA formatting for PowerPoint, including how to format your title page, heading levels, in-text citations, and more. By the end of this guide, you’ll be an APA formatting expert! Let’s get started.

Formatting the Title Page

An APA-formatted title page will be the same as any other research paper you’ve written in APA style. This means that it should include the following elements:

  • The title of your presentation
  • Your name and affiliation (e.g., university, department)
  • Your course information
  • Your professor name
  • The due date

Here is an example of what your title page might look like:

Formatting the Body

Once you’ve got your title page sorted out, it’s time to move on to formatting the body of your presentation. You are pretty flexible with how you format the body, but there are a few things to keep in mind.

  • Make sure all of your heading levels should be consistent throughout your presentation (e.g., if you use Level 1 headings, the headings should be Level 1 headings in all the body slides).
  • Instead of writing paragraphs, use bullet points to list out your main ideas. This will make your presentation more visually appealing and easier to follow.

Here is an example of an APA-formatted PowerPoint body slide:

Formatting In-Text Citations

Any time you include information from a source in your presentation, you will need to give credit to that source with an in-text citation. The format of your in-text citation will depend on how much information you include from the source.

  • If you’re quoting a source directly, you will need to include the author’s last name, the year of publication, and the page number (if available). For example: (Smith, 2020, p. 5).
  • If you’re paraphrasing or summarizing a source, you will just need to include the author’s last name and the year of publication. For example: (Smith, 2020).
  • If you’re using a source that doesn’t have an author (e.g., an interview or a website), you can use the source’s title instead of the author’s last name. For example: (“APA Formatting for PowerPoint,” 2020).

Here are examples of in-text citations.

Note that the in-text citation for images and videos will be the same as the texts.

Formatting Your Reference List

Once you’ve finished your presentation, the last step is to include a reference list of all the sources you used. Your reference list should be formatted according to APA guidelines and placed on the last slide. Each reference should include these things in the exact order:

Author’s last name, author’s first initial. (Publication date). (Title). (Publication). URL

Here is an example of a reference list:

Basically, you will need to follow the same APA guidelines that you would for any other research paper when formatting the reference list of your PowerPoint presentation.


Now you know everything there is to know about APA formatting for PowerPoint presentations! Just remember to format your title page, body slides, in-text citations, and a reference list according to the guidelines laid out in this guide, and you’ll be good to go.