Insert or change the page numbers on your slides

You'll find options for working with slide numbers on the Insert and View > Slide Master tabs in PowerPoint 2013 and PowerPoint 2016. There you can do the following things:

Add slide numbers to your presentation

  1. On the Insert tab, select Insert Slide Number.

    shows the slide number button on the ribbon in powerpoint

  2. On the Slide tab, check the Slide number box.

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    Note: If you don't want a number to appear on the title slide, also check the Don’t show on title slide box.

  3. Select Apply to All.

Note: The theme applied to your presentation will determine where the numbers appear on your slides. For example, here are two different themes that show numbers appearing in different places on a slide.

Wisp Theme with slide number

Ion theme with slide number


Hide slide numbers on the title slide

  1. On the Insert tab, select Insert Slide Number.

  2. On the Slide tab, check the Don’t show on title slide box.

  3. Click Apply to All.

Change where the page numbers appear on your slides

  1. On the View tab, select Slide Master.

    shows the slide master button on the ribbon in PowerPoint

  2. At the top of the thumbnail pane, select the Slide Master thumbnail.

    Slide Master thumbnail in Slide Master View

  3. In the Slide pane, select and hold the page number placeholder until you see the four-headed arrow, and drag it to a new location.

    Select and hold the slide number placeholder

    When you're finished, select Close Master View.

Start your slide numbering with a specific number

  1. On the Design tab, select Slide Size, and then Custom Slide Size.

    shows dialog in powerpoint where you select a custom slide size

  2. Under Number slides from, pick one of these

    • To start slide numbering from zero, click the down arrow until you get to ‘0’.

    • To start the slide numbering from any other number, click the up arrow.

      shows the slide size dialog in PowerPoint

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