Insert or change the slide numbers, date, or footer for on-screen slides

Insert or change the slide numbers, date, or footer for on-screen slides

In PowerPoint you can add or remove automatic slide numbers, hide numbering on the title slide, and move slide numbers. You can also add the date and time to slides.

Select a heading below to open it and see the detailed instructions.

  1. On the Insert tab, select Slide Number.

    shows the slide number button on the ribbon in powerpoint

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

    Show header and footer dialog in powerpoint

    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.

The theme applied to your presentation has a standard location for where the numbers appear on your slides, as illustrated by the two themes picture below. To change that location, see "Change where the page numbers appear on your slides" below.

Wisp Theme with slide number

Ion theme with slide number

  1. On the Insert tab, select Slide Number.

    shows the slide number button on the ribbon in powerpoint

  2. On the Slide tab, clear the box named Slide number.

    Show header and footer dialog in powerpoint

  3. Select Apply to All.

  1. On the Insert tab, select Slide Number.

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

  3. Click Apply to All.

  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.

  1. (PowerPoint 2013 or 2016) On the Design tab, select Slide Size, and then Custom Slide Size.

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

    (PowerPoint 2010 or 2007) On the Design tab, select Page Setup.

    On the Design tab of the Ribbon, select Page Setup.
  2. Under Number slides from, click the up or down arrow to switch to the number that you want to start from:

    shows the slide size dialog in PowerPoint
  3. Click OK.

  1. On the View tab, in the Presentation Views group, click Normal.

  2. On the left of your screen, in the pane that contains the slide thumbnails, click the first slide thumbnail in your presentation.

  3. On the Insert tab, in the Text group, click Date & Time.

    The Header and Footer dialog box opens.

  4. On the Slide tab, select the Date and time check box, and then choose the kind of date you want:

    • If you want the date and time to reflect the current date and time each time you open or print the presentation, click Update automatically, and then select the date and time format that you want.

    • If you want to set the date and time to a specific date, click Fixed, and then, in the Fixed box, type the date that you want.

      By setting the date on your presentation so that it is Fixed, you can easily keep track of the last time you made changes to it.

  5. If you want to add the date and time to all of the slides in your presentation, click Apply to All.

  1. On the Insert tab, select Header & Footer.

    shows insert > header button in powerpoint

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

  3. In the box below Footer, type the text that you want, such "Company Confidential".

    shows insert footer dialog in powerpoint

  4. To prevent the footer from appearing on the title slide, check the Don't show on title slide box.

  5. Select Apply to All to make the footer appear on all slides, or select Apply to make it appear on just the currently selected slide.

  1. On the Insert tab, select Header & Footer.

    shows insert > header button in powerpoint

  2. On the Slide tab, clear the Footer box.

  3. Select Apply to All to remove the footer from all slides in the presentation. Otherwise, select Apply to only remove the footer from the currently selected slide.

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