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This chapter is from the book

Inserting Slide Numbers

You can insert slide numbers into the text of your presentation. When you insert slide numbers, PowerPoint keeps track of your slide numbers for you. You can insert slide numbers on every slide or only on a specific slide. To insert a slide number on every page, you place it in a placeholder on the slide master. In the Slide Master view, PowerPoint inserts a code <#> for the slide number. When you view slides in other views, the slide number is shown. To insert a slide number only on a specific page, you insert it in a text box on the slide you want. You can even start numbering with a page number other than one. This is useful when your slides are a part of a larger presentation.

Insert Slide Numbering on Slides, Notes, and Handouts

  • yellow_01.jpg Click the View tab, and then click the Slide Master button.
  • yellow_02.jpg Select the slide master or slide layout in the left pane in which you want to insert a slide number.

    If the slide already contains a placeholder with the <#> symbol, which indicates slide numbering, you don’t need to continue.

  • yellow_03.jpg Click to place the insertion point in the text object where you want to insert the current slide number.
  • yellow_04.jpg Click the Insert tab.
  • yellow_05.jpg Click the Insert Slide Number button.

    The <#> symbol appears in the text.

  • yellow_06.jpg Click the Slide Master tab, and then click the Close Master View button on the Ribbon.

Insert Slide Numbering on a Specific Slide

  • yellow_01.jpg Click to place the insertion point in the text object where you want to insert the current slide number.
  • yellow_02.jpg Click the Insert tab.
  • yellow_03.jpg Click the Insert Slide Number button.

    The current slide number is inserted into the text box.

    TROUBLE? If you don’t place the insertion point, the Header and Footer dialog opens.

Start Numbering with a Different Number

  • yellow_01.jpg Insert the slide number if you need one on the slide or slide master.
  • yellow_02.jpg Click the View tab, and then click the master view (Slide Master, Handout Master, or Notes Master) button with the master you want to change.
  • yellow_03.jpg Click the Page Setup button.
  • yellow_04.jpg Click the Number Slides From up or down arrow to set the number you want.
  • yellow_05.jpg Click OK.
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