How to Create PowerPoint Lyrics

By Elle Smith

Many churches have embraced multimedia, including PowerPoint, in their worship services. PowerPoint presentations often include song lyrics projected on an overhead screen. The congregation can sing along by following the lyrics on the screen with or without the use of songbooks. Readability of the slides and careful transition between each slide is important.

Things You'll Need

  • PC or Mac Computer

Step 1

Start up your computer and launch PowerPoint to create a new document.

Step 2

Select the box that says “Click to add title,” then hit the “Delete” key. Repeat this action to delete the “Click to add subtitle" box.

Step 3

Right-click on the slide to select “Format Background” and select a color. Select a very dark background, such as blue or black, for readability.

Step 4

Select "Insert" from the menu bar and scroll down to "Text Box." Click on the box to move it up to the top of the slide. Type the title of the song in this box. Select "Format" from the menu bar to open the "Format Text" box.

Step 5

Choose a large, sans serif font, such as Arial. Select the "Font style" button and choose "Bold." Change "Font size" to "60." Choose the color white under the "Font color" bar.

Step 6

Select "Insert" from the menu bar, and scroll down to select another "Text Box." Place the text box 1 inch below the title you have created in Step 4. Choose a large sans serif font, such as Arial. Select the "Font style" button and choose "Regular." Change "Font size" to "40." Choose the color white under the "Font color" bar.

Step 7

Type in the first verse to the song. Ensure that the text box contains less than 4 lines for best fit and readability. Break the lines at natural pauses in your song. Proofread for accuracy.

Step 8

Copy and paste this slide to create another slide in the document.

Step 9

Remove the title at the top of the second slide. Type in the second verse for the song and the third, if necessary, until you come to the chorus.

Step 10

Create the chorus slide by typing "Chorus" at the top of the slide and then typing in the lyrics of the chorus.

Step 11

Add additional slides for verses and repeat with the "Chorus" slide as needed.

Step 12

Proofread all slides carefully and select "Save" from the "File" menu bar.