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How to add page numbers to PowerPoint?

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Adding page numbers to PowerPoint presentations helps you keep track of your slides and organise your notes. It also gives a more professional look to the overall presentation.

In this article, we’ll discuss adding page numbers to PowerPoint presentations using different methods.

Method 1: Add page numbers to PowerPoint using the Insert tab

This is one of the easiest ways to add slide numbers to your PowerPoint presentation.

Here’s how to do that:

Step 1: Open PowerPoint and navigate to Insert > Header and Footer.

Step 2: In the Header and Footer window, check the box marked as Slide number and click the Apply to All button.

When you are finished, you will see the page number in the bottom right corner of the slide.

Also read: How to delete a slide in PowerPoint?

Method 2: Add page numbers to PowerPoint using the Design tab

Another way to add page numbers to your PowerPoint presentation is to use the Design tab.

Using this method, you can change the starting number of your slides and hide the number on the title slide. Here are the steps to do that:

Step 1: Open PowerPoint and head to Design > Slide Size > Custom Slide Size.

Step 2: In the Slide Size dialogue box, go to the Number Slides option and enter the number that you want to display on the first slide. For instance, if you want the first slide to be numbered as 3, enter 3 in the box.

If you still want to insert the page number at the bottom right corner, follow method 1 above.

Also read: How to insert a PDF into PowerPoint?

Customise the page numbers in PowerPoint

If you want to customise the page numbers, here’s what you have to do:

  • Click on View and then head to Slide Master in the Master Views group.
  • You can select and move the slide number placeholder on any slide layout. You can also change its font, size, colour, or alignment using the options on the Home tab.

In conclusion, you can use the methods mentioned above and add page numbers in slides of PowerPoint easily and quickly.

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Kumar Hemant

Deputy Editor at Candid.Technology. Hemant writes at the intersection of tech and culture and has a keen interest in science, social issues and international relations. You can contact him here: [email protected]