How to add slide numbers in PowerPoint (The Right Way!)

See how to add your slides numbers in PowerPoint so they show up correctly (it’s harder than it should be).

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How to Add Slide Numbers in PowerPoint (Step-by-Step)

If your slide numbers aren’t showing up, see below.


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Have you ever asked yourself “Why can’t I get my slide numbers to show up in my PowerPoint Presentation?”

In this tutorial, you will learn how to add page numbers (or slide numbers) to your PowerPoint slide master and have those page numbers automatically populate on all of the slides within your presentation.

Now, even if you already know how to navigate your slide master to add consistent design elements to your PowerPoint presentations, inserting page numbers and having them show up within your PowerPoint presentation often trips people up. Why? Because not only do you need to insert and position them on your slide master, but you also need to use the Header and Footer dialog box in the normal view of your presentation to insert the page numbers on all of your slide.

Step #1: navigate to your slide master, and add the page number to the Parent Slide (larger slide), in your deck

Step #2: navigate to the relevant Child Slide (smaller slide) that all of your graphics are sitting on, and from the Ribbon select footer. This will inherit the page number from your Parent slide.

Step #3: navigate to the Normal view of your deck, from the insert tab, open the footer and header dialog box.
Step #4: select slide number, click apply to all and click okay.

Pro Tip: You can use the insert footer and header dialog box to remove page numbers from your presentation as well. You don’t need to navigate back to the slide master to do this.

Shortcuts Covered in the this PowerPoint Tutorial: ALT, W, M – for the slide master view

This works in all versions of PowerPoint including PowerPoint 2007, PowerPoint 2010, PowerPoint 2013 and PowerPoint 2016 (same thing as Office 365).

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