Remove Slide Numbers from PowerPoint Slides

Learn how to remove the slide numbers from a current PowerPoint presentation with these easy to follow instructions.

Remove Slide Numbers

Remove the slide numbers from a PowerPoint presentation
Remove the slide numbers from a PowerPoint presentation. © Wendy Russell
  1. Click on the Insert tab of the ribbon.
  2. In the Text section, click on the Slide Number button. The Header and Footer dialog box will open.
  3. Remove the checkmark beside the entry for Slide number as illustrated in the image above.​
  4. Click on the Apply to All button to remove the slide number from all slides in this presentation.
  5. Save the presentation (using a different file name if you wish to retain the original copy as it was).

Note: If the case was that the slide numbers were added one at a time to each slide, (perhaps using a small graphic image for example), then, unfortunately, you would have to delete these slide numbers from each individual slide. This would be a little more time consuming, but certainly not a huge task. Hopefully, this is not the case.

Merge Two Presentations into One

In my opinion, merging is technically not the correct word for this process, as you are simply using one of several options for copying the original slides into a new (or possibly existing) presentation. There is really no right or wrong way to do this -- simply the way that works best for you.

  1. Use one of the three Paste options when you copy and paste the slides from the original presentation to the "destination" presentation.
    • You can choose to copy the slide and retain the original formatting (font choices, background colors and so on)
    • Use the destination presentation formatting.
    • Copy your slide over as a picture inserted onto a blank slide.
    This last method is an excellent choice if you want to make sure that no changes can be made to the slide.
  2. Use the drag and drop method to copy slides from one presentation to another. However, I have discovered a wee glitch in this last method. You may need to make adjustments to the slide after the copy because PowerPoint seems to be finicky here. In one instance, the destination formatting was applied to the copied slide and on another occasion, the slide retained the original formatting. Go figure.
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