How to Add Slide Numbers in PowerPoint

How to Add Slide Numbers in PowerPoint

Slide numbers help identify the order of your slides during a presentation.

The Slide Number tool allows you to choose whether to add slide numbers across every slide in the presentation or to add a slide number to a single slide. This is how you use it:

  1. Go to the Insert Tab and click Slide Number in the “Text” section.Click Slide Number.
  2. A “Header and Footer” dialogue box will appear. Select the Slide number checkbox. Click Apply to add a slide number to the current slide or Apply to All to add a slide number for all slides.

    PowerPoint header and footer dialogue box
    Check Slide number, then Apply.

  3. Check the slide number on the bottom right of the slides.

    Example of a numbered slide in Powerpoint
    Slide numbers added.

How to change the position of the slide number in PowerPoint

If you want to change the slide number’s location, click it and drag it to a new location.

How to move a slide number in PowerPoint
Click and drag the slide number.

How to remove the slide number from the first slide

Usually, the first slide in your presentation is your title slide and will not require a slide number.

  1. Go to Insert > Slide Number.

    PowerPoint slide number tool
    Click Slide Number.

  2. Select the option Don’t show on title slide, then click Apply to All.
    How to remove slide number from the first slide of PowerPoint
    Ensure that the option Don’t show on title slide is checked.

    Check the title slide to confirm that the slide number is not showing.

    Example of the first slide in PowerPoint without a slide number
    Check the bottom right part of the slide.

    Note: Even though the slide number is not visible on the first slide, PowerPoint will still count it. The second slide will be numbered respectively.

Phoebe is an HR assistant in her day job, but is also a web blogger that loves writing guides and sharing her experiences. When she is not out with her friends, she enjoys traveling or binge-watching Netflix. She graduated with a BA in Communication and Media Studies from the University of Utah, and is a chief editor at TechObservatory.

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