How to Add Page Numbers in PowerPoint

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Just as you would add page numbers to a Word document to help readers keep track of their place, add page numbers in PowerPoint to help you and your audience keep track of where you are in the presentation.

Instructions in this article apply to PowerPoint 2019, 2016, 2013, 2010; PowerPoint for Office 365, PowerPoint for Office 365 for Mac, and PowerPoint 2016 for Mac.

How to Add Slide Numbers in PowerPoint on a PC

  1. Open your PowerPoint presentation in Normal view.

  2. Navigate to the first slide in your presentation.

  3. Go to Insert and, in the Text group, select Slide Number.

  4. In the Header and Footer dialog box, select the Slide tab.

  5. In the Include on slide area, place a check next to Slide number. In the Preview area, you’ll see a representation of where the slide number will appear on your slide.

    powerpoint header and footer dialog box
    • If you want the slide number to appear only on the current slide, select Apply.

    Navigate to each slide you want slide numbers to appear on and perform these steps again. For example, if you want slides 1, 3, and 5 to have slide numbers, repeat the process three times.

    • If you want the slide number to appear on all slides, select Apply to All.  
    • If you want to apply slide numbers to all but the first slide, place a check next to Don’t show on title slide and select Apply to All.
    • If you want to add slide numbers to your notes pages, select the Notes and Handouts tab, place a check next to Page number, and select Apply to All.
  6. If you want the slide numbering to start with a number other than 1, go to Design and, in the Customize group, select Slide Size > Custom Slide Size. Under Number slides from, select the beginning number you want.

    In PowerPoint 2010, go to Design and, in the Page Setup group, select Page Setup. Then, under Number slides from, select the beginning number you want.

  7. You're done!

How to Add Slide Numbers in PowerPoint on a Mac

  1. Open your PowerPoint presentation in Normal view.

  2. Go to Insert and select Slide Number.

  3. In the Header and Footer dialog box, place a check next to Slide Number and enter the number you want the numbering to begin with. The Preview area shows how the slide number will appear on your slide.

  4. If you don’t want numbering to appear on the first slide, place a check next to Don’t show on title slide.

  5. Select Apply to apply only to the current slide or select Apply to All to apply to all slides.