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, you can add page numbers in PowerPoint.

How to Add Slide Numbers in PowerPoint on PC

The following steps can be used to add slide numbers in PowerPoint for Office 365, as well as PowerPoint 2016, 2013, and 2010.

  1. Open your PowerPoint presentation in Normal view.

  2. Navigate to the first slide in your presentation.

  3. On the Insert tab, 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, check the box 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
    In the Header and Footer dialog box, make your slide numbering selections.
    • If you want the slide number to appear only on the currently selected slide, click Apply.

    You’ll need to navigate to each slide you want slide numbers to appear on and perform these steps again. For example, if you only want slides 1, 3, and 5 to have slide numbers, you'll have to repeat the process three times.

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

    For PowerPoint 2010, on the Design tab, 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 Mac

Follow these steps to add slide numbers in PowerPoint for Office 365 for Mac and PowerPoint 2016 for Mac.

  1. Open your PowerPoint presentation in Normal view.

  2. On the Insert menu, select Slide Number.

  3. In the Header and Footer dialog box, check the box next to Slide Number. Enter the number you want the numbering to begin with. At the top of the dialog box, you’ll see in the Preview area where the slide number will appear on your slide.

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

  5. Click Apply to apply only to the current slide; click Apply to All to apply to all slides.