How to Add or Remove Slide Numbers in PowerPoint

Sometimes it’s a good idea to number your slides in PowerPoint, especially if you have a long presentation. Here’s how.

If you use Microsoft products like Word and Excel, chances are you also use PowerPoint for presentations. Depending on the purpose, these presentations can be short or long.

While one-page slides don’t need to be numbered, the same cannot be said for longer, bulkier presentations that typically run dozens or hundreds of pages. In such cases, it makes perfect sense to number the slides for easy reference.

So we’ll show you how to add, format, and remove slide numbers from your PowerPoint presentation.

Adding Slide Numbers in PowerPoint

Adding slide numbers in PowerPoint is simple and straightforward. Here’s how:

  1. Launch PowerPoint on your desktop.
  2. Open the PowerPoint presentation you want to number.
  3. Click on the Insert tab in the ribbon area.
  4. Then click on Header and footer.
  5. In the dialog box, check the box Slide number box.
  6. To add a page number to the current slide only, click Apply.
  7. To add slide numbers to all pages, click Applies to all In place. There is also the option to add the current date and time.
  8. If your first page also serves as the title page, you definitely don’t want a slide number there. To avoid this, just check the Do not display on title slide box.

If you want to be a little adventurous, you can also add the Zoom effect.

Reposition slide numbers in PowerPoint

If for some reason you don’t like where the slide number is, you can easily reposition it to your liking. You can do this in two ways: for specific slides or for all slides.

Repositioning slide numbers for a specific slide

To reposition the slide number for a particular slide in PowerPoint:

  1. Navigate to the slide number and click on it once a crosshair appears.
  2. Now drag the Slide Number box to the location of your choice. It can be the header, the footer or even the side panels; It’s yours.

Repositioning slide numbers for all slides

To reposition slide numbers for all slides in PowerPoint:

  1. Click on the Slide number box.
  2. Go to the ribbon and click on the See tongue.
  3. Go back and click Slide master.

  4. Now drag the Slide number box in the desired location.
  5. When finished, click Close main view.

Formatting slide numbers

You can change the font type, size, and color of your slide numbers in PowerPoint. You can even use special characters like Roman, Chinese or Hebrew numerals etc. Do this:

  1. Click the Slide Number box.
  2. Select or highlight the slide number inside the box by double-clicking.
  3. From the options on the context toolbar, select your font and size. You can also bold, underline, or italicize the slide number to your liking.
  4. When finished, click Close main view.

Removing slide numbers in PowerPoint

Deleting slide numbers in PowerPoint is also simple and straightforward. You can also do it two ways for short and long presentations.

Removing slide numbers from a specific slide

To remove the slide number from a particular slide:

  1. Open the PowerPoint presentation.
  2. Click the Slide Number box to select it.
  3. press the Wipe off key on your keyboard.

Removing slide numbers from all slides

If you want to remove slide numbers from all pages:

  1. Open the PowerPoint presentation in question.
  2. Click on the Insert tab in the ribbon area.
  3. Click on Header and footer.
  4. In the Header and Footer dialog box, uncheck the box Slide number box.
  5. Now click on Applies to all.

You can add, format, and delete PowerPoint slide numbers across all platforms, including online and mobile. It’s basically the same process.

Keep track of your PowerPoint slides.

If your PowerPoint presentation has dozens or hundreds of slides, you better number it. This way you can easily reference a particular page. It also makes it easier for your viewers to follow your slides as they read or study. This helps them track their progress and not get lost along the way.

Adding, formatting, and deleting slide numbers is another easy way to optimize your PowerPoint presentations for maximum impact.