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How to remove slide numbers from powerpoint slides.

It's easy to remove slide numbers from PowerPoint slides if they're no longer needed. Here's how.

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Slide numbers are a great way to navigate to a specific slide on your PowerPoint presentation quickly. In the event that the slide numbers are no longer necessary, you might want to remove them. Here’s how.

First, open the PowerPoint presentation that contains the slide numbers you want to remove. The slide number appears in the top-left corner of its respective slide.

Next, head over to the “Text” group of the “Insert” tab and select “Slide Number."

Once selected, the “Header and Footer” dialog box will appear. In the “Slide” tab, uncheck the box next to “Slide Number." If you want to remove the number from only the selected slide, then select “Apply” (2). If you want to remove the numbers from every slide in the presentation, then select “Apply to All" (3).

You might want to remove the slide number from the title slide only. Numbering that slide probably isn't necessary as most understand the title slide is the first slide of your presentation.

To remove the slide number from the title slide only, select “Slide Number” in the “Text” group to open up the “Header and Footer” dialog box again. This time, check the box next to “Don’t Show on the Title Slide."

If you happened to be on the title slide when you opened the dialog box, then select “Apply." However, if you were on any other slide, you’ll need to select “Apply to All” for it to work.

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Occasionally, you see a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation with numbered slides. It’s the same as numbering pages in a Microsoft Word document. Similar to Word, there might be slides that you don’t want to number, such as the title slide. PowerPoint’s slide-numbering feature is easy to implement, but it is seriously limited.

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to add slide numbers to a presentation. Then, I’ll show you how to remove numbers from specific slides and a trick that lets you restart slide numbering at the second slide, but that’s the only time it works.

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I’m using Microsoft 365 on a Windows 10 64-bit system, but you can use older versions of PowerPoint. PowerPoint for the web supports slide numbers. If you’re working with a slide show other than the default, add slide numbering to the master show slides. The process is the same.

How to add slide numbers in PowerPoint

Adding slide numbers to a presentation is simple. Similar to Word, you’ll add a field that displays the current slide number. Because it’s a field, it updates when you move, delete and add slides. Let’s start by adding slide numbers to all the slides in a simple presentation:

  • After adding a slide, click the Insert tab.
  • Click Header & Footer in the Text group to add the numbers to the footer.
  • In the resulting dialog, click the Slide tab if necessary.
  • Check the Slide Number option ( Figure A ).
  • Click Apply to All. Notice that there’s also an Apply button. Click Apply to insert the page number only on the selected slide(s).

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As you can see in Figure B , the slide number is in the bottom-right corner.

Enabling slide numbering for one or all slides is easy. Now, let’s turn it off for a specific page.

How to disable slide numbering in PowerPoint

Once you’ve enabled numbering for all slides, you might want to disable it for a page or two. For instance, this presentation has a title page — most do. As a rule, title slides don’t display a number, so let’s turn numbering off for the title slide as follows:

  • Click the Insert tab and then click Header & Footer in the Text group.
  • In the resulting dialog, check the Don’t Show On Title Slide option ( Figure C ).
  • If the title page is currently selected, click Apply. If you select another slide, click Apply All.

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That was easy, but what if you want to disable numbering for a slide other than the title slide? Again, the solution is simple:

  • Select the slide in question. In this case, we’ll use slide 2.
  • Click Insert and then click Header & Footer in the Text group.
  • In the resulting dialog, uncheck the Slide Number option.
  • Click Apply to disable numbering for only the selected slide, the second slide.

This simple presentation has four slides. The first two have no slide numbers, and slides 3 and 4 do. You might want to consider restarting the page numbering at slide 3. Instead of displaying 3, you might want it to display 1. To the best of my knowledge, you can’t restart slide numbering. However, I do have a quick trick that will work only when you’ve turned numbering off for the first slide.

You can reset the starting slide number, and PowerPoint will apply it to the entire presentation. If you start with 4 slides and disable numbering for the first slide, you can reset that starting number to 0. Consequently, slide 1 is 0, slide 2 is 1 and so on. To reset the starting number to 0, do the following:

  • Click the Design tab.
  • In the Customize group, click Slide Size.
  • From the dropdown, choose Custom Slide Size.
  • In the resulting dialog, change the Number Slides From setting from 1 to 0 ( Figure D ).

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At this point, slide 3 displays 2 and slide 4 displays 3. The only way to fix this is to enable numbering for slide 2 as follows:

  • Select slide 2 — the real slide 2.
  • Click the Insert tab.
  • Choose Header & Footer in the Text group.
  • In the resulting dialog, check Slide Number.

Figure E shows the slides and numbering. The title slide displays no number. The second slide displays 1. Slide 3 displays 2 and slide 4 displays 3. The only time this works is when the first slide doesn’t display a number and you reset the starting number to 0.

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You can reset the starting slide number to a larger number. You’ll do so when combining different presentations. For instance, you might run the first show with slides 1 through 10 and then run a second, from slides 11 to 25.

There are third-party products available that allow you to implement more complex slide numbering schemes in PowerPoint.

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  • April 23, 2021

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Do you want to start your PowerPoint Slide number / page numbers at zero or another number? By default, PowerPoint starts your presentation slide numbering at one. But setting your slide number to start from zero or any other number in PowerPoint is easy.

There’s a couple of ways to change your slide numbering in PowerPoint – from the Design Tab or using the PPT Productivity Slide Numbering feature.

Change Starting Page Number in PowerPoint from the Design Tab

To set your page numbers to start from a page other than one, navigate to the ‘Design’ tab in PowerPoint. Once on the ‘Design’ tab, use the following steps to update the slide numbering;

1. Open the ‘Slide Size’ dropdown menu 2. From the ‘Slide Size’ menu, select ‘custom slide size’

Screenshot showing PowerPoint how to set slide number from PowerPoint slide size menu

3. At the bottom of the ‘custom slide size’ dialogue box you will see the ‘Number slides from:’ dropdown box.

Screenshot showing PowerPoint how to change slide numbering to start from 0 or another number

4. From the ‘slide numbers from:’ dropdown box, select or input the slide number you want to start your slide numbering from. For example, selecting zero will start your presentations slide numbering from slide 0 rather than slide 1 5. Click ‘OK’ for the slide numbering change to be applied to your presentation

Screenshot showing PowerPoint start slide number at 0

Change Starting Page Number in PowerPoint with PPT Productivity

PPT Productivity has made it even easier to set your slide numbers to begin at zero, or any other number.

To change slide numbering with PPT Productivity, 1. From the top ribbon select the ‘Slide Numbers and Totals’ icon from the ‘Footer’ feature group.

Screenshot showing PowerPoint how to change slide numbering with PPT Productivity add-in

2. In the ‘Slide Numbers and Slide Totals’ menu, select or input the slide number you want the presentation numbering to begin with. For example, changing the slide number to start at zero will make the first slide in the presentation number 0 rather than 1. 3. Click OK for the slide numbering change to be applied.

Screenshot showing PowerPoint slide number start at 0 example

The PPT Productivity slide numbering tools are also accessible from the ‘Insert’ tab.

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How to Add & Fix Slides Numbers in PowerPoint? [An EASY Guide!]

By: Author Shrot Katewa

How to Add & Fix Slides Numbers in PowerPoint? [An EASY Guide!]

Isn’t it annoying when you add a new slide within a sequence of slides in your PowerPoint presentation, and all your slide numbers go for a toss! If you are in this boat, then you’ve come to the right place!

Adding slide numbers can be confusing even after you’ve been using PowerPoint for quite some time. However, with the proper process of adding slides numbers in PowerPoint, you won’t go wrong. But, the question really is, what is the correct way to add slides numbers in PowerPoint?

To add slide numbers in PowerPoint, click on the “Insert” tab and click on the “Slide Number” option from the ribbon. Then, enable the “Slide Number” checkmark. Finally, click on the “Apply to All” option to apply slide numbers to all slides in your presentation.

This article will walk you through the complete details of adding slide numbers in PowerPoint in a step-by-step manner with visual references so that you can easily understand the process! You’ll also learn to add slide numbers in the “1 of X slides” format.

Furthermore, I’ll also show you how to exclude slide numbers from specific slides. In the end, I’ll help you troubleshoot some of the most common issues that you may be facing with slide numbers in PowerPoint. That, and much more!

So, let’s get started!

1. Adding Slide Numbers the Wrong Way! [Don’t Do This!] 

First, let’s talk about what you shouldn’t do!

The easiest (and most common incorrect way) to add a slide number is by manually adding a text box on each slide, manually inputting the slide number, and placing it at the bottom of the slide. However, this is the wrong way to add slide numbers to your PowerPoint presentation.

If you add slide numbers this way, you have to add the slide number to each slide individually. Moreover, if you decide to place a new slide in the middle of your presentation, it messes up the sequence numbers for all the slides you just inserted slide numbers. Don’t do this!

The following part of this article discusses the different ways you can add slide numbers to your PowerPoint presentation efficiently.

2. How to Add Slides Numbers in PowerPoint? [Correct Way] 

There are multiple ways to add slide numbers in PowerPoint. However, I’ll share the most straightforward method in this article with you.

A quick heads up – if you prefer watching the tutorial rather than reading about it, then check out my video below with the step-by-step instructions. However, if you prefer to read the instructions, continue with the article below.

Adding a Slide Number in PowerPoint Using the “Insert” Tab

Although you will see people talk about using the “Slide Master” to add slide numbers to your presentation, using slide layouts in PowerPoint can be confusing!

The easiest method is to use the “Insert” tab to add slide numbers to your slide. You can use this method even if you are a beginner!

So, what do you need to do? Let’s take a look –

Step-1: Insert a Blank Slide Layout

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The first step of the process is to insert a blank slide in your presentation. This step is only optional. It is not necessary to do this every time. Don’t do this step, especially if you use a presentation template. But, for the sake of explanation and practice, this will be a helpful step.

Click on the “Home” tab to add a blank slide layout. Then, click on “ Layout “, and from the options, click on the “ Blank ” slide option.

This will convert the slide layout of your current slide to a blank layout. You can also add a slide to your presentation and then convert it to a blank slide layout using the steps I just mentioned.

Step-2: Click on the “Slide Number” option

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Now, click on the “ Insert ” tab. Then, from the options, click on the “ Slide Number “. This will open a new pop-up window with more options.

Step-3: Add the Slide Numbers to the Slides

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First, make sure that you enable the “Slide Number” option in the next step. Next, make sure that add a checkmark to the check box. You can choose to start the number at “ 1 “.

Then, click on the “ Apply ” option to add the slide number to just the current slide. However, if you wish to add slide numbers to all the slides, click on the “ Apply to All ” option.

Don’t worry. We’ll look at how to disable slide numbers for specific slides slightly later in the article.

Step-4: Duplicate the Slide with the Slide Number

This is, again, an optional step.

Once you have the slide number added by clicking on “Apply” in the previous step, you need to copy and paste the slide in PowerPoint .

Make sure that you format the slide number on this slide before you start duplicating this slide. (check the rest of the article to know how to format the slide number)

However, duplicating the slide with a slide number is only helpful when starting with a new presentation. If you already have a bunch of different slides that have been designed especially using a presentation template, this step 4 won’t work.

If you are in that situation, select the “Apply to All” option in step 3. Then, check the section below to format the slide number in PowerPoint.

3. How to Remove Slide Number from Specific Slides

If you don’t want specific slides to show the slide number, you can easily toggle it off.

To remove slide numbers from specific slides in PowerPoint, first, select the slide. Then, click on the “Insert” tab, and click on the “Slide Number” button. Next, “Uncheck” the slide number option in the pop-up that appears, and click on “Apply” to remove the slide numbers from the selected slides.

I’m hopeful that the process mentioned above is self-explanatory. Nevertheless, here’s a step-by-step process to disable slide numbers for specific slides in your PowerPoint presentation.

Step 1 – Select the Slides to Remove the Slide Number

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First, select the specific slides on which you wish to remove the slide numbers. You can use the “Ctrl” on your keyboard (or Cmd key for Mac) and click on the slides on the left part of the screen to select multiple slides at once.

Then, click on the “ Insert ” ribbon, and click on the “ Slide Number ” option from the ribbon. This will open a pop-up.

Step 2 – Uncheck the Slide Number Option

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From the pop-up window that appears, uncheck the box for the “ Slide Number ” option and click on “ Apply “. This will remove the slide number just on the selected slides.

4. How to Remove Slide Number from Title Slide in PowerPoint?

One common problem that you may encounter once you add the slide numbers to all your slides is that the title slide of your presentation also now shows a slide number!

Most of us usually don’t want the slide number visible on the title slide. So, how do you remove the slide number from the title slide of your PowerPoint presentation?

Well, there are three different methods you can use. Let’s take a look at them one by one.

Method 1 – Manually Removing the Slide Number

The easiest way is to remove the slide number from the title slide manually. Simply select the slide number on the title slide and hit the “Delete” key on your keyboard, and the slide number will be deleted.

This method works well for the title slide only since the title slide will always remain as the first slide in the presentation and won’t change its position in the sequence.

If you use this method on other slides, chances are you may want to move the slides around and may want the slide numbers back on the slide later. And, that may just complicate things for you. Instead, just follow the steps mentioned in the previous section to delete slide numbers on other slides.

However, sometimes, PowerPoint just doesn’t allow you to select the slide number field on the slide! In such a scenario, you can’t just delete the slide number.

This is where the other two methods come in handy!

Method 2 – Uncheck the Slide Number Option on the Title Slide

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This method works just the same way as per the steps described in the previous section (section 3 above) of the article that describes the process to remove slide numbers from specific slides.

All you need to do is select the title slide by clicking on it. Then, click on the “ Insert ” tab. Next, click on the “ Slide Number ” option. From the pop-up that appears, uncheck the box for “Slide Number”, and click on “ Apply “.

Just as before, this will remove the slide number from the selected slide.

Method 3 – Use the “Don’t Show on Title Slide” Option

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You can also use the “Don’t show on title slide” option when adding the slide numbers to your presentation in order to avoid the slide number on the title slide!

To do so, repeat the steps of adding the slide number to your presentation. Then, enable the checkmark on the “Don’t show on title slide” option to remove the slide number from the title slide.

5. How to Remove Slide Numbers on All Slides in PowerPoint?

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Removing slide numbers from all slides is just as easy as adding slide numbers to your slides!

To remove slide numbers from your PowerPoint presentation, click on the “Insert” tab. Then, click on the “Slide Number” option. From the pop-up that appears, uncheck the box for “Slide numbers”, and click on the “Apply to All” option.

Check the steps on the image shared above in case you need any further clarification.

Once all the steps are complete, you will notice that the slide number disappears from all slides!

6. How to Make Slide Numbers “1 of X Slides” in PowerPoint?

If you have a really long presentation that contains more than 50 slides, then you may want to use the “1 of X Slides” format! [Where “X” is the total number of slides that your presentation contains]

Doing so allows the audience to estimate the number of slides remaining in the presentation. So, how do you do that?

Let me share with you a ninja tip in this section! Here’s a step-by-step explanation of what you need to do!

Step 1 – Insert a Text Box on the Slide

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The first step is to insert a text box on the slide. To do that, click on the “ Insert ” tab. Then, click on the “ Text Box ” option from the ribbon. Next, just drag the cursor on the bottom right corner of your slide (or wherever you wish to have the slide number).

Step 2 – Insert the Slide Number

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The next step is to insert the slide number. But, don’t add the slide number manually.

Instead, first, click inside the text box to make it active. Then, click on the “ Insert ” tab and click on the “ Slide Number ” option from the ribbon.

This will automatically insert the slide number inside the text box.

Step 3 – Add Text After the Slide Number

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Now, simply add the text that you wish to appear after the slide number. In this case, I’ve added “of 20 Slides” after the slide number (as shown in the image above).

Step 4 – Copy and Paste the Text Box

Now, all you need to do is simply copy and paste this text box on all the slides!

Once you copy and paste the text box on other slides, you will notice that the slide number within the text box will change with the changing slide. However, “of 20 Slides” will remain constant!

Thus, it is advised to add such a slide number format to all slides once you’ve completed creating the presentation as it will provide you with a clear understanding of the exact number of slides in your presentation.

Don’t worry! Even if you move the slides around and change the sequence, the slide numbers will still change with the specific slide!

7. How to Format Slide Numbers in PowerPoint?

Formatting slides numbers is quite easy if you know what to do!

PowerPoint allows you to change the font color, font size, and even the font that is used for the slide numbers. Formatting a slide number works just like formatting text in PowerPoint .

There are two key processes to know when formatting a slide number in PowerPoint! Let’s take a look at both of them –

7.1 How to Format Slide Numbers for a Specific Slide Layout?

Formatting slide numbers of a specific slide layout will affect only those slides that use a particular type of slide layout. Here’s what you need to do –

Step 1 – Add Slide Numbers to the Slides

The first step is to add the slides numbers to your slide. Obviously, in order to edit the slide numbers and see the effect, the slide numbers need to be present on the slide.

So, if you haven’t added the slide numbers already, follow the steps mentioned earlier in the article and add the slide numbers first.

Step 2 – Check the Slide Layout

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The next step that we need to take is to check the slide layout that is currently in use for the specific slide on which we intend to format the slide number.

To check the slide layout, first, select the slide. Then, click on the “ Home ” tab and click on the “ Slide Layout ” option from the ribbon.

The highlighted slide layout will indicate the layout the current slide uses.

Step 3 – Open the Slide Master View

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In the next step, we need to open the Slide Master View in PowerPoint .

To do that, first, click on the slide for which you wish to change the slide number format. Then, click on the “ View ” tab, and click on the “ Slide Master ” option from the ribbon.

This will open the slide master view in PowerPoint.

Slide 4 – Format the Slide Number for the Specific Slide Layout

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Now, first, make sure that you have the correct layout selected. By default, PowerPoint will open the slide layout of the slide that was selected before opening the slide master view.

Then, to make changes to the format of the slide number, select the slide number field present on the slide. Click on the “ Home ” tab, and make the changes as per your preference.

You can change the font, text alignment, text styles, font size, and much more! For the sake of this example, let’s change the alignment to left, and add a “Bold” style.

Slide 5 – Exit the Slide Master

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Once you’ve made the desired formatting changes, click on the “ Slide Master ” tab once again, and click on the “ Close Master ” option to exit the slide master.

Once you exit the slide master and open the normal view, you will notice that the formatting of the slide number on the current slide layout is different from other slides.

7.2 How to Format Slide Numbers on All Slides in PowerPoint?

If you wish to change the format of the slide number on all slides instead of specific slide layouts, you can do so just as easily. And, no! You don’t need to individually change the format of slide numbers on each slide!

Here’s what you need to do to change the slide numbers on all slides in PowerPoint –

Step 1 – Open the Slide Master View

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First, you need to open the slide master view in PowerPoint. Just as before, click on the “ View ” tab. Then, click on the “ Slide Master ” option from the ribbon.

Step 2 – Format the Slide Number Field on the “Master Slide”

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Once you open the slide master view, click on the “ Master Slide ” i.e. the first slide in the sequence (which is also larger in size than the other slides).

Next, make sure you select the slide number field on the bottom right of the slide. Then, click on the “ Home ” tab. Here you can make all the formatting changes that you need.

For the sake of this example, I’ll click on the “ Bold ” option and change the font color to red.

You can see the change taking place on the selected slide number field on the master slide.

Step 3 – Exit the Slide Master

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The last step is to exit the slide master.

Once you have made all the changes to the slide number formatting, click on the “ Slide Master “. Then, click on the “ Close Master ” options.

When you return to the normal view, you will notice that the formatting changes have been applied to all the slide numbers in your presentation.

Using the method described above, you can make changes to font color, font size, type of font, text alignment, and other formatting changes that you can normally make to text in PowerPoint!

8. How to Change the Position of Slide Numbers in PowerPoint?

To change the position of the slide numbers in your PowerPoint presentation, at first, select the text box of the slide number. After that click and hold the text box and drag it to your preferred position anywhere on the slide.

Once you’ve dragged it to where you want the slide numbers to be let go of the mouse button and the position of the slide number will change accordingly.

In order to change the position of slide number on all the slides, make sure that you use the method described in the previous section of the article (section 7.2)

9. Troubleshooting Slides Numbers in PowerPoint

While adding slide numbers to your PowerPoint presentation you may encounter some difficulties as some users of PowerPoint has.

There may be problems like the slide numbers not, showing the slide number may not be showing as “#”, you may have difficulty removing the slide number, or maybe you want the slide number to start from 0.

All these issues and possible reasons why you are encountering them are described in the following section.

9a. Slide Numbers Not Showing in PowerPoint 

Sometimes you may find it difficult to add slide numbers to your PowerPoint presentation. Some of the reasons why you’re having this problem and possible ways to get around them are described below.

1. There may be a shape inserted over your slide number: Sometimes, there may be a shape or an image placed over the location where you inserted your slide number.

To solve this issue, click on the area where the slide number should be, and if there is a shape over it, “Right-click” on the shape and select the “Send to Back” option.

2. Make sure you have used the right layout: Some layouts don’t include the “ Slide Number ” placeholder in the slide. In that case, you won’t be able to see the slide number in slides using that layout.

To get around this issue, either insert a slide number placeholder in that layout or use a different layout that has a page number placeholder.

9b. Slide Number Showing as “#” 

If the slide number is not showing as “#” in your PowerPoint presentation, then the presentation may be using multiple layouts.

To resolve this issue either use a different layout or manually insert a “ Footer ” in your PowerPoint presentation. After that that you should be able to see the “#” sign in the slide number placeholder.

9c. Can’t Remove Slide Number in PowerPoint? 

You can’t remove slide numbers from your PowerPoint presentation by simply deleting them. This would only remove the slide number from the single slide where you deleted the slide number.

To remove slide number from all the slides in your PowerPoint, follow the instructions of excluding a slide from being number described earlier in this presentation, but instead of selecting the “ Apply ” button, select the “ Apply all ” button.

9d. Make Slide Number Start at 0

To make the slide number start from zero, follow the instructions given below.

Step-1: Select the “Customize Slide Size” option

The first step of the process is to select the “ Customize Slide Size ” option. To do that simply go to the “ Design ” tab from the ribbon of your presentation, click on the “ Slide Size ” button located in the “ Customize ” section of the “ Design ” tab.

After that, a dropdown menu will appear on your screen. From the dropdown menu, click on the “ Customize Slide Size ” option.

Step-2: Type in 0 in the “Number starts from” box

Finally, type in ‘0’ in the “ Number starts from ” box which is the last box in the “ Slide Size ” pop-up window, and then hit the “ Ok ” button. This will make the slide numbering start from zero.

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How to Add or Remove Slide Numbers in PowerPoint

It sometimes makes sense to number your slides in PowerPoint, especially if you have a long presentation. Here's how you can do so.

If you use Microsoft products like Word and Excel, there's also a good chance that you use PowerPoint for presentations. Depending on the purpose, such presentations can either be short or long.

Whereas one-page slides do not need numbering, you cannot say the same for longer and larger presentations which usually run into tens or hundreds of pages. In such cases, it makes perfect sense to number the slides for easy reference.

So, we'll show you how to add, format, and remove slide numbers from your PowerPoint presentation.

Adding Slide Numbers in PowerPoint

Adding slide numbers in PowerPoint is easy and straightforward. Here's how to go about it:

  • Launch PowerPoint on your desktop.
  • Open the PowerPoint presentation you want to number.
  • Click on the Insert tab in the ribbon area.
  • Then click on Header and Footer .
  • To add a page number to the current slide only, click on Apply .
  • To add slide numbers to all the pages, click Apply to All instead. There's also the provision to add the current date and time .
  • If your first page also doubles as your title page, you definitely don't want a slide number there. To prevent that, simply check the Don't show on title slide box.

If you want to be a little adventurous, you can also add the Zoom effect .

Repositioning Slide Numbers in PowerPoint

If, for some reason, you don't like the placement of the slide number, you can easily reposition it to your liking. You can do this two ways—for specific or all slides.

Repositioning Slide Numbers for a Specific Slide

To reposition the slide number for a particular slide in PowerPoint:

  • Now drag the Slide Number box to any location of your choice. This can be the header, footer, or even side panels; it's up to you.

Repositioning Slide Numbers for All Slides

To reposition the slide numbers for all slides in PowerPoint:

  • Click on the Slide Number box.
  • Go to the ribbon and click on the View tab.
  • Now, drag the Slide Number box to your desired location.
  • When done, click on Close Master View .

Formatting Slide Numbers

You can change the font type, size, and color of your slide numbers in PowerPoint. You can even use special characters like Roman, Chinese, or Hebrew numerals and more. To do so:

  • From the popup toolbar options, select your font and size. You can also bolden, underline, or italicize the slide number to your taste.

Removing Slide Numbers in PowerPoint

Removing slide numbers in PowerPoint is also easy and straightforward. You can equally do it in two ways for short and long presentations.

Removing Slide Numbers from a Specific Slide

To remove the slide number from a particular slide:

  • Open the PowerPoint presentation.
  • Press the Delete key on your keyboard.

Removing Slide Numbers from All Slides

If you want to remove slide numbers from all pages:

  • Open the PowerPoint presentation in question.
  • On the Header and Footer dialog box, uncheck the Slide number box.
  • Now click on Apply to All .

You can add, format, and remove PowerPoint slide numbers across all platforms, including online and mobile. It's essentially the same process.

Keep Track of Your PowerPoint Slides.

If your PowerPoint presentation runs into dozens or hundreds of slides, you'll be better off numbering it. This way, you can easily reference a particular page. It also makes it easier for your viewers to keep track of your slides as they read or study. It helps them track their progress and not get lost along the way.

Adding, formatting, and removing slide numbers is another simple way of optimizing your PowerPoint presentations for maximum impact.

How to Remove Slide Numbers in Powerpoint 2019: Easy Steps

Removing slide numbers in PowerPoint 2019 may seem like a daunting task, but it’s actually quite simple! All you need to do is access the “Insert” tab, select “Slide Number,” uncheck the box that says “Slide number,” and then apply the changes to all slides. And just like that, your slides will be number-free!

Step by Step Tutorial: Removing Slide Numbers in PowerPoint 2019

Before we dive into the steps, let’s understand what we’re about to do. We’re going to take away those pesky little numbers at the corner of your slides that can sometimes distract your audience. Ready? Let’s go!

Step 1: Open the “Insert” Tab

Open the “Insert” tab on the ribbon at the top of PowerPoint.

The “Insert” tab is where you can add various elements to your slides, like text boxes, pictures, or symbols. For our purpose, it’s also where we’ll start the process of removing slide numbers.

Step 2: Click on “Slide Number”

Click on the “Slide Number” option in the “Text” group.

The “Text” group on the “Insert” tab is where you can add or edit text-related items in your PowerPoint presentation, like headers, footers, and you guessed it – slide numbers.

Step 3: Uncheck “Slide number”

In the “Header and Footer” dialog box, uncheck the box next to “Slide number.”

A dialog box will pop up when you click “Slide Number.” This is where you can control various options for headers and footers on your slides. To remove the slide numbers, simply uncheck the corresponding box.

Step 4: Apply to All

Click “Apply to All” to remove numbers from all slides.

After unchecking the “Slide number” box, don’t just close the dialog box. Make sure to click “Apply to All” to ensure that slide numbers are removed from every slide in your presentation, not just the one you’re currently working on.

After you complete these actions, you will see that the numbers that used to appear on the bottom right corner of your slides disappear. Your slides will look cleaner and more professional, allowing your audience to focus on the content of your presentation, not the slide numbers.

Tips: Making the Most of Your PowerPoint 2019 Presentation

  • Always preview your presentation after making changes to ensure everything looks as intended.
  • If you want to remove slide numbers from only a few slides, simply select those slides before performing the steps.
  • Remember that removing slide numbers does not affect your ability to navigate the slides during a presentation.
  • Consider if your presentation really needs slide numbers–sometimes they can be helpful for reference during Q&A sessions.
  • Keep in mind that any changes you make to slide numbers will not affect any other footer elements like date or footer text.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do i add slide numbers back if i change my mind.

To add slide numbers back, simply follow the steps in reverse: click on “Slide Number” and then check the “Slide number” box.

Can I remove slide numbers from just the title slide?

Yes, in the “Header and Footer” dialog box, you will find an option to “Don’t show on title slide.” Check this box to remove numbers from the title slide only.

Will removing slide numbers affect the total number of slides?

No, removing slide numbers does not affect the total number of slides in your presentation. It only removes the visible numbers on the slides.

Can I customize the format of the slide numbers?

Yes, you can customize the format before you remove them by selecting the slide numbers and using the “Format” options.

What if the “Slide Number” option is greyed out?

If the “Slide Number” option is greyed out, it could be because you’re in a view that doesn’t support editing. Try switching to “Normal” view.

  • Open the “Insert” Tab
  • Click on “Slide Number”
  • Uncheck “Slide number”
  • Apply to All

There you have it, a step-by-step guide on how to remove slide numbers in PowerPoint 2019. Whether you’re fine-tuning your presentation for a big meeting or just tidying up some slides for a class project, getting rid of those numbers can make your slides look cleaner and more professional. With this knowledge, you can now tailor your presentations to suit your audience and content without unnecessary distractions.

Remember, PowerPoint is a powerful tool that offers a lot of customization options. It’s always worth exploring these options to make your presentations stand out. Keep practicing, keep experimenting, and before long, you’ll be a PowerPoint pro!

If you’re looking to learn more about PowerPoint 2019 or need further assistance with other features, plenty of resources are available online. Don’t be afraid to search for tutorials or ask for help. After all, the best way to learn is by doing, and the more you use PowerPoint, the more skilled you’ll become.

So, go ahead and give your presentations that extra polish by removing those slide numbers. Who knows, it might just be the small detail that makes a big impression!

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In some instances, you may wish to remove slide numbers from a PowerPoint presentation. Learn how to remove the numbers from a current presentation with these easy to follow instructions.

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

Remove Slide Numbers

Save the presentation using a different file name if you wish to retain the original presentation with the slide numbers.

On the ribbon , select Insert .

In the Text section, select Slide Number . The Header and Footer dialog box opens.

Remove the checkmark next to Slide number .

Select Apply to All to remove the slide number from all slides in your presentation.

If the slide numbers were added one at a time to each slide (using a small graphic image, for example), delete the slide numbers from each individual slide.

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Change Presentation Slide Numbering to Start From 0

When inserting slide numbers at the bottom of each slide of a PowerPoint presentation, it is common to remove the slide number from the Title slide. However the numbering begins from number 2 on the second slide.

If you want the slide numbering to start from number 1 on the second slide. You first need to remove the slide number from the Title slide, and then set the presentation slide numbering from 0.

Remove Slide Numbering from the Title Slide

To remove slide numbering from the Title slide of a presentation;

  • Click the Insert tab on the Ribbon
  • Click the Slide Number button
  • Check the Don’t show on title slide box

Don't show slide numbers on the title slide

Start the Slide Numbering from 0

Setting the presentation slide numbering from 0 ensures that slide 2 is numbered as slide number 1.

  • Click the Design tab on the Ribbon
  • Click the Page Setup button
  • Set the Number slides from: box to 0

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How to Remove Slide Numbers From PowerPoint Slides

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Have you ever created a PowerPoint presentation with slide numbers enabled, only to later decide you want a cleaner, less cluttered look without the numbers? Removing slide numbers in PowerPoint is easy once you know where to find the setting. In this article, I’ll walk you through the quick and simple steps.

Why Remove Slide Numbers?

There are a few reasons you may want to remove slide numbers:

  • Cleaner look : Numbers in the footer can make slides look busier and more cluttered, especially if you have other footer text like titles or logos. Removing numbers creates a cleaner, less distracting look.
  • Printing handouts : When printing PowerPoint slides as handouts, you usually don’t need slide numbers since people aren’t flipping through slides. Removing numbers declutters the handouts.
  • Sharing digitally : If you export slides as images to share digitally (like in a blog post), slide numbers just take up space without adding value for the audience.
  • Presenter preference : Some presenters simply prefer slides without numbers during their presentation if the number sequence isn’t critical information for the audience. It’s purely an aesthetic choice.

How to Remove Slide Numbers in PowerPoint

Removing slide numbers in PowerPoint only takes a few clicks:

  • Open the PowerPoint file with the slides you want to edit.
  • Click the Design tab at the top of the window.
  • Click Slide Number in the Footer section of the Design tab. Slide Number button
  • When the drop-down menu appears, select (none) to remove slide numbers.

That’s it! The slide number footer will disappear from all slides.

Here are a few notes about this process:

  • If you only want to remove numbers from certain slides rather than the whole presentation, right-click on those slides in the thumbnail pane and choose Hide Slide Number instead of using the Design tab.
  • If slide numbers have been manually typed onto slides instead of added through the footer, the above steps won’t remove them. You’ll have to manually delete the text boxes with numbers.
  • If you want slide numbers for presenter notes but not on the projected slides , choose Slide number (in notes pages) instead of (none) .

And if you ever need to add slide numbers back:

  • Click back on Slide Number in the Design tab footer.
  • Choose Slide number to add back the default numbering.

Customizing Slide Number Format

Removing slide numbers entirely keeps the slides clean, simple, and distraction-free.

But what if you only want to tweak the numbering format without fully removing it?

PowerPoint gives you options to customize the number format rather than accepting the default numbering:

  • Start sequence at a number other than 1 : If you have other intro slides without numbers, having the main content slides start higher looks better.
  • Only show numbers on some slides : Useful if you only need a few reference points but not numbers cluttering every slide.
  • Change number style : Pick a different number style like Roman numerals instead of the boring default Arabic numbers.

To customize slide number format:

  • Again click on Slide Number in the Design tab footer.
  • Choose Format Slide Numbers .

This opens the Slide Number Format window with all the customization options.

Here you can:

  • Choose what slides to include numbers on
  • Set the start number
  • Change number formats (Arabic, Roman numerals, etc.)
  • Decide if you want separate numbering for sections

Play around with the options to find your optimal slide numbering setup!

Best Practices for Slide Number Use

Should you include visible slide numbers at all in PowerPoint presentations? Here are a few best practices:

  • Use numbers for long complex presentations : If you have multiple sections and topics making it easy to get lost, slide numbers help orient the audience and keep things clear.
  • Don’t use if order doesn’t matter : If you jump around topics randomly or slides can be viewed in any order, slide numbers aren’t useful for viewers.
  • Use with caution for short presentations : The simpler the talk and fewer slides, the less relevant visible numbering is likely to be.
  • Make numbers subtle : If using numbers, keep them small, simple, and consistent from slide to slide without bolding or drawing attention.

The bottom line? Slide numbering is incredibly useful as an organization tool for the presenter but not always beneficial for the audience. Know when numbers clutter up slides unnecessarily. Don’t be afraid to remove numbers entirely if the presentation clarity doesn’t rely on them!

I hope this gives you the knowledge and confidence to add, remove, or customize PowerPoint slide numbers to suit your unique needs. Clean, professional slides are just a few clicks away.

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Add, change, or remove transitions between slides

A slide transition is the visual effect that occurs when you move from one slide to the next during a presentation. You can control the speed, add sound, and customize the look of transition effects.

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Add slide transitions to bring your presentation to life

Select the slide you want to add a transition to.

Select the  Transitions  tab and choose a transition. Select a transition to see a preview.

Select  Effect Options  to choose the direction and nature of the transition.

Select  Preview  to see what the transition looks like.

Select Apply To All to add the transition to the entire presentation.

Remove a transition

A transition determines how a slide enters, and how the previous slide exits. So if (for example) you didn't want a transition effect between slides 2 and 3, you would remove the transition from slide 3 .

Select the slide that has the transition you want to remove.

On the Transitions tab, in the Transitions gallery, select  None .

If you want to remove all transitions from the presentation, after you select None , select Apply to All . 

Change a transition

Only one transition effect can be applied to a slide at a time. So if a slide already has a transition effect applied to it, you can change to a different effect by going to the Transitions tab and simply selecting the effect you prefer. 

If you want to change an existing effect by modifying the timing or direction of it, you can that by using the options on the Transitions tab of the ribbon, at the far end:

Select the slide that has the transition you want to modify.

On the Transitions tab, select Effect Options , then choose an option from the menu that appears.

In the Timing group on the Transitions tab, you can change the duration of the effect. You can also specify whether the effect takes place after a mouse click or after a certain amount of time passes. There are also options for adding a sound to the transition effect or applying the transition to all slides in the slide show.

Set the timing and speed of a transition

Video: Add a sound effect to a transition

Use the Morph transition in PowerPoint (only in Microsoft 365 or PowerPoint 2019/2021)

The difference between animations and transitions

Add a transition to a slide

In the Thumbnail Pane, click the slide that you want to apply a transition to. The transition setting determines how a slide enters, and how the one before it exits. In the example below, applying a Fade transition to slide 3 means that slide 2 fades out, and slide 3 fades in.

Select the slide you want to add a transition to in the Thumbnail pane

On the Transitions tab, find the effect that you want in the Transition gallery. Click the down arrow to see the entire gallery. Click the effect that you want for that slide and to see a preview.

Click Transitions > Effect Options to change how the transition occurs – for example, what direction the slide enters from.

Enter a time at Duration to set how fast the transition goes. Set the number higher to make the transition go slower.

Click Preview to see what the transition looks like with all the settings.

Preview button on Transitions tab

Click the slide with the transition you want to remove. Then on the Transitions tab, in the Transitions gallery, click None .

Transition remove highlighted

Remember that a transition determines how a slide enters, and how the previous slide exits. So if (for example) you don't want slide 2 to have an exit effect, you must remove the transition from slide 3.

A shooting star icon shows that a slide has a transition effect applied

Use the Morph transition in PowerPoint

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Add or change a slide transition

In the Thumbnail Pane, select the slide where you want to apply or change a transition. The transition will begin on the preceding slide and conclude on the slide you select.

Shows Slide Pane with third slide selected in PowerPoint

On the Transitions tab, find the effect that you want in the Transition gallery.

Click Effect Options to specify how the transition occurs.

To set how fast the transition goes, enter a time in the Duration box on the ribbon. Set the number higher to make the transition go slower. For more about transition timing, see Set the speed and timing of transitions .

If you want all slides in the presentation to transition the same way, click Apply To All .

The Begin Slide Show button.

(This button starts the slide show at the currently selected slide, rather than beginning the slide show from the start of the presentation.)

Remember that a transition applies to a slide’s entrance, not how it exits. So if you want to remove the exit effects for slide 2, for example, remove the transition from slide 3.

Click the slide that you want to have no transition. Then, on the Transitions tab, in the Transitions gallery, click None .

The Transitions tab on the Ribbon in PowerPoint.

In our example, if slide 3 has no transition, it appears instantly as slide 2 disappears.

If you want to remove the transitions from all slides, click Apply to All on the ribbon after clicking None .

On the Transitions tab, select Options , then choose an option from the menu that appears.

You can also change the duration of the effect. The timing is measured in seconds.

Add an animation effect on a slide

If you're looking for information about how to add animation to text elements or objects within one slide, see Animate text or objects .

Add a transition

Open your presentation.

On your Android tablet, tap the Transitions tab.

Transitions tab

Tap the down arrow to expand the Transition Effects . You will see a gallery of transition effects grouped into Subtle , Exciting , and Dynamic categories.

Transition effects

Choose a transition; for example, tap Morph to have one slide gradually turn into the next slide.

Tap Effect Options to choose the direction of the transition.

Effect options

(Optional) Tap Apply to All to apply the same transition to all slides in the presentation.

Expand Transition Effects .

Remove transitions

On your iPad, tap the Transitions tab.

Transitions tab

Tap Transition Effect . You will see a gallery of transition effects grouped into Subtle and Exciting categories.

Transition effects

Tap Effect Options to choose an effect. (These options will vary depending on the transition you choose.)

Effect options

Tap Transition Effect .

Remove transitions

Tap the Transitions tab.

Transitions tab

Tap Preview to see the effect applied to your slide.

Transitions preview

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2 Simple Ways to Move or Delete a Slide in PowerPoint

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If you don't want a slide in your Microsoft PowerPoint presentation, you can easily take it out with your mouse or a keyboard shortcut. Here's how to delete a slide in PowerPoint using Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPad, or Android.

Removing One or Multiple PowerPoint Slides

  • Open a PowerPoint presentation.
  • Click a slide you want to delete, or hold Ctrl to select multiple slides.
  • Right-click the slides.
  • Click Delete Slide .

Step 1 Open a presentation in PowerPoint.

  • PowerPoint is available to download on Windows and Mac. You can also use PowerPoint at https://www.office.com/ .

Step 2 Select the slide(s) you want to delete.

  • To select multiple slides next to each other, click the first slide. Hold Shift , and then click the last side of the sequence. [1] X Trustworthy Source Microsoft Support Technical support and product information from Microsoft. Go to source
  • To select multiple slides spread out, hold Ctrl and click each slide.

Step 3 Right-click the slide(s) and click Delete Slide.

  • The selected slide(s) will be deleted.
  • You can also press Del or Backspace on your keyboard to delete slides.
  • To undo this action, press Ctrl + Z (Windows) or Cmd + Z (Mac).

Step 1 Open the PowerPoint app.

  • You must have a Office 365 subscription to use PowerPoint. Make sure you're logged into your Microsoft account.
  • If you don't already have a project open, tap one now.

Step 2 Long-press on a slide.

  • A pop-up menu will open.

Step 3 Tap Delete.

  • If you don't see Delete , tap the right arrow to scroll through more options.

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How to delete a slide in your PowerPoint presentation or delete an entire section of slides at once

  • You can delete a slide in PowerPoint simply by right-clicking on it.
  • Every version of PowerPoint lets you individual slides or multiple slides at once.
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It's pretty common to have to delete a slide in PowerPoint . Maybe your presentation is going on a bit too long and you need to cut content. Or maybe you were keeping a slide for notes that you don't want to appear in your presentation.

Regardless of the reason, there's good news: PowerPoint makes it very easy to delete slides, no matter what version of it you have. 

In fact, the solution is so intuitive, you may have missed it altogether while looking for a delete button or a trash bin somewhere in the application.

If you need to delete a PowerPoint slide, here's how you do it, using any version of PowerPoint on your Mac or PC.

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1. Open your PowerPoint presentation and right-click (or hold Control as you click) any slide you want to delete in the left sidebar.

2. From the drop-down list that appears, select "Delete" or "Delete Slide."

Even better, PowerPoint will actually allow you to delete multiple slides at once — in case you need to delete a whole section or trim a few extras here and there.

To delete a section of slides that are right next to each other, just hold shift and select the first and last slides in the section. This will select those slides, as well as every slide between them. Once they're selected, just delete them the same way you did above.

To delete multiple slides that aren't next to each other, hold down the Ctrl or Command key and click on each slide you want to delete. Once selected, right-click any of them and select the "Delete" option.

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How to Take Off the Timing on a PowerPoint Slide: A Step-by-Step Guide

To take off the timing on a PowerPoint slide after recording, you need to access the ‘Transitions’ tab, deselect the timing options, and save the changes. This will remove any automatic timings set during the recording process.

After you complete this action, the slide will no longer advance automatically based on the timings previously set. You’ll have to manually click or press a key to move to the next slide during a presentation.

Introduction

Have you ever felt the pressure of a PowerPoint presentation moving on without you being ready? Or perhaps you’ve encountered a scenario where you wanted to linger on a slide a bit longer, but the automatic timing just wouldn’t let you. It’s a common issue, and it’s one that can throw off the flow of even the best presentations. Whether you’re a student presenting a project or a professional sharing a quarterly report, you’ve likely experienced the constraints of timed slides.

Removing the timing on a PowerPoint slide after recording is an essential skill that allows for more control over your presentation. It’s relevant to anyone who uses PowerPoint as a tool for conveying information. Knowing how to adjust the timing ensures your message is delivered at a pace that suits you and your audience. Let’s dive into how to regain control over your presentation by taking off the timing on your PowerPoint slides.

Step by Step Tutorial to Remove Timing

The following steps will guide you through the process of removing the timing from your PowerPoint slides.

Step 1: Open the PowerPoint presentation

Open the PowerPoint file from which you want to remove the slide timing.

Opening your PowerPoint presentation is the first step to making any changes. Ensure you have the correct file open and that you have saved all necessary previous work.

Step 2: Select the slide with timing

Navigate to the slide from which you want to remove the timing.

Selecting the correct slide is crucial. If you have multiple slides with timing, you’ll need to repeat these steps for each slide you want to adjust.

Step 3: Go to the ‘Transitions’ tab

Click on the ‘Transitions’ tab on the PowerPoint toolbar.

The ‘Transitions’ tab houses all the settings related to how one slide moves to the next, including timing options.

Step 4: Deselect ‘After’ checkbox

In the ‘Timing’ group, find the ‘After’ checkbox and deselect it.

This step ensures that the slide doesn’t advance automatically after a set time. Make sure to deselect this option to prevent the slide from moving on its own.

Step 5: Save your presentation

Save the changes to your presentation.

Always remember to save your work after making changes. This ensures that you don’t lose any adjustments you’ve made to your presentation.

Additional Information

When taking off the timing on a PowerPoint slide after recording, it’s important to consider the context of your presentation. Are you speaking to a live audience where engagement and flexibility are key? Or is it a situation where consistency, like in a looping display, is more important? Understanding your audience and the setting will help you decide the best approach for your PowerPoint presentation.

Another tip is to use the ‘Rehearse Timings’ feature to practice your presentation and get a sense of how long you spend on each slide. This can be a great way to prepare for a live presentation and ensure a natural flow without the constraints of pre-set timings.

Remember, the goal is to communicate effectively. Adjusting slide timings is just one tool in your arsenal to help achieve that. Consider your pacing, the importance of each slide, and the overall message you want to convey.

  • Open the PowerPoint presentation.
  • Select the slide with timing.
  • Go to the ‘Transitions’ tab.
  • Deselect the ‘After’ checkbox.
  • Save your presentation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can i remove the timing from all slides at once.

No, you’ll need to repeat the process for each slide individually.

Will this affect the transition effects on my slides?

No, it only affects the automatic advancement of slides.

Can I restore the timing if I change my mind?

Yes, you can go back to the ‘Transitions’ tab and reselect the ‘After’ checkbox.

What if I have custom timings for different elements on my slide?

Removing slide timings will not affect the timings of individual elements like animations.

Is it possible to adjust the timing instead of completely removing it?

Absolutely! You can adjust the timing by entering a new duration in the ‘After’ box.

Taking off the timing on a PowerPoint slide after recording gives you the flexibility to deliver a presentation that’s in sync with your style and your audience’s needs. It’s a simple process that can have a profound impact on the effectiveness of your communication. Remember, the key to a great presentation is not just the content, but also the delivery. By mastering the timing of your slides, you ensure that your message is not just heard, but also felt and understood. Happy presenting!

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If you are a PowerPoint beginner, you might want to learn how to copy and paste a PowerPoint slide. There can be several reasons for copying a slide in PowerPoint, such as replicating the same design, maintaining consistency, copy branding, etc. Whether you’re using PowerPoint templates or Google Slides templates with PowerPoint, you can use the methods mentioned below to copy and duplicate slides.

How to Copy and Paste a PowerPoint Slide

To copy and paste a slide in PowerPoint, right-click a slide and select Copy . You can also use the CTRL/Command+C hotkey to copy a slide.

How to copy a slide in PowerPoint

Once copied, you can either use the Command/CTRL+V hotkey to paste the slide or use the right-click menu to paste the slide. The right-click context menu provides different options to paste the slide. The first option enables pasting the slide with the destination theme, whereas the second option can paste the slide with the source formatting. The third option isn’t meant to copy the slide separately but to paste it as an image in the current slide.

Paste options for slides in PowerPoint

Duplicate Slide in PowerPoint

Another method of copying a slide is to create a duplicate of it. To do this, right-click the menu and select Duplicate Slide to instantly create a copy of the selected slide.

How to duplicate a slide in PowerPoint

Alternatively, you can go to the New Slide menu from the Home tab and select Duplicate selected slides . When using either of the two methods, the selected slide or slides will be duplicated. To select more than one slide to copy, use the SHIFT or CTRL/Command key when selecting the slides from the left sidebar that shows the slide thumbnails.

Duplicating selected slides in PowerPoint

Final Words

Duplicating or copying a slide can be of immense help when you want to maintain a consistent outlook or wish to save time in designing your slides by using available slide designs. For this purpose, you can copy or duplicate slides and edit them as needed. To learn more about making effective presentations, see our articles about how to start a presentation and how to end a presentation . Also, check our tutorial on how to copy a slide in Google Slides .

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What am I doing wrong - Slide Master footers not showing

I'm having huge frustrations with the Slide Master, and hoping someone can tell me what I'm doing wrong.

I have a presentation, and I wanted to include my name in the footer field, along with the date and the slide number. I've already used Slide Master to include my company logo.

I updated the master slides I want to have the information (I'm not applying to all, so have done it on the individual slide layouts rather than the Theme Slide Master.

I then went back into the active presentation - nothing had appeared automatically, so following other help requests on this forum, I selected Insert > Header/Footer, selected Footer, and ticked Apply to all. Nothing happened.

I went back into my Slide Master, and my name had been deleted from *all* of the footers I'd added it to. I painstakingly added it back in, saved before exiting Slide Master, and then went back in, and my name had disappeared again!

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Going back into the Slide Master to see my name has disappeared again...

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So - I want to know:

1) How to edit the Slide Master so my name appears in the middle box next to my logo

2) How to have the information from the Slide Master appear in my presentation (i.e. the correct layout for the different layouts of slides I'm creating)

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You've put a check next to the footer but left the footer text blank.

You might be better off just adding a text box and your image to the master and any layouts that need it. PowerPoint's footers/page numbers/dates are goofy (some might say broken).

OK - I'm confused. When people have said they have added footers to their Master slide, but they weren't showing up, they were told to tick the Footer box on the main slides and they'd apply across.

How do I get the information that is on my Master Slides to actually apply to the main slides? I thought the point of using Master was to make it easier to use PPT itself and apply information automatically. Was I misinformed?

John Korchok

Steve gave you the answer. Yes, you are checking the checkbox beside Footer in the Header and Footer dialog, but you left the Footer field blank . Instead, enter your name in the Footer field in the dialog , then click on Apply to All .

Thank you John. OK - let me rephrase my question - how do I get PowerPoint to pick up the footer changes I may make in my Slide Master? Particularly where I may want to have the footer in different layouts depending on the slide type, so Apply to all when I'm in the main presentation won't take into account those layout changes.

For example, I may want to move my name and logo to the left or right hand side, rather than it being in the central position. Or, as I've been trying to do, have my name offset so it is next to the logo rather than across it - I can do that in the Slide Master because I can see the number of tabs I need to put in. In the Footer pane I can't even *use* tab because it just takes me to the next box.

Is there something I have to do IN Slide Master that hasn't been explained?

Or is that just not possible? If I have to play with text boxes as per Steve's original suggestion, I will, but it seems to be such a cumbersome and clumsy way of doing it (particularly given how difficult it is to get text boxes to line up nicely so they are the same for each slide type!), when I was told that Slide Master was the way of being able to set something up once and it would automatically change across all slides of that type in the active presentation.

>> When people have said they have added footers to their Master slide, but they weren't showing up, they were told to tick the Footer box on the main slides and they'd apply across.

Yes, but you've asked PowerPoint to apply no text as a footer.

Try adding the checkmark and adding some text in the companion text box.

OK - having had another play, I didn't realise I had to hit "Apply" when *in* the Slide Master as well! That picked up the text that I had added in (including my offset)

I sort of assumed that typing in the footer, because it was *showing* in the footer, would actually tell PowerPoint I wanted that text in the footer.... (Silly me for thinking it was the same as Word and Excel)

Thanks for your help and patience.

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  1. Change the starting slide number

    On the Insert tab, in the Text group, click Header & Footer. In the Header and Footer dialog box, click the Slide tab. Do one of the following: To number the slide that you currently have selected, select the Slide number check box, and then click Apply. Repeat this step for each individual slide that you want to number. To number all slides ...

  2. How to Remove Slide Numbers from PowerPoint Slides

    Remove Slide Number from One or All Slides. First, open the PowerPoint presentation that contains the slide numbers you want to remove. The slide number appears in the top-left corner of its respective slide. Next, head over to the "Text" group of the "Insert" tab and select "Slide Number." Once selected, the "Header and Footer ...

  3. How to remove slide numbers from specific slides in Microsoft

    Select the slide in question. In this case, we'll use slide 2. Click Insert and then click Header & Footer in the Text group. In the resulting dialog, uncheck the Slide Number option. Click ...

  4. Can I change PowerPoint starting slide number?

    Open the 'Slide Size' dropdown menu. 2. From the 'Slide Size' menu, select 'custom slide size'. Set PowerPoint Slide Number from Slide Size menu. 3. At the bottom of the 'custom slide size' dialogue box you will see the 'Number slides from:' dropdown box. Change Slide Numbering to start from 0 or another number. 4.

  5. How to Add & Fix Slides Numbers in PowerPoint? [An EASY Guide!]

    Step-2: Click on the "Slide Number" option. Now, click on the " Insert " tab. Then, from the options, click on the " Slide Number ". This will open a new pop-up window with more options. Step-3: Add the Slide Numbers to the Slides. First, make sure that you enable the "Slide Number" option in the next step.

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

    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. If you'd like to suggest improvements to the slide numbering feature, you can do that by clicking Help > Feedback > I have a suggestion. Select a heading below to open it and see ...

  7. How to Add or Remove Slide Numbers in PowerPoint

    Open the PowerPoint presentation in question. Click on the Insert tab in the ribbon area. Click on Header and Footer . On the Header and Footer dialog box, uncheck the Slide number box. Now click on Apply to All . You can add, format, and remove PowerPoint slide numbers across all platforms, including online and mobile.

  8. How to remove Slide number from PowerPoint slides

    Here, if you would like to remove the numbers from an individual slide, select slide in the presentation, then select 'Apply'. To remove the numbers from all the slides, select 'Apply to All'.

  9. How to Remove Slide Numbers in Powerpoint 2019: Easy Steps

    Step 3: Uncheck "Slide number". In the "Header and Footer" dialog box, uncheck the box next to "Slide number.". A dialog box will pop up when you click "Slide Number.". This is where you can control various options for headers and footers on your slides. To remove the slide numbers, simply uncheck the corresponding box.

  10. Remove Slide Numbers From PowerPoint Slides

    On the ribbon, select Insert . In the Text section, select Slide Number. The Header and Footer dialog box opens. Remove the checkmark next to Slide number . Select Apply to All to remove the slide number from all slides in your presentation. If the slide numbers were added one at a time to each slide (using a small graphic image, for example ...

  11. Change Presentation Slide Numbering to Start From 0

    Setting the presentation slide numbering from 0 ensures that slide 2 is numbered as slide number 1. Click the Design tab on the Ribbon. Click the Page Setup button. Set the Number slides from: box to 0. Set slide numbering in PowerPoint to start from 0. This means that slide number 2 (first non title slide) becomes slide number 1.

  12. How to Remove Slide Numbers From PowerPoint Slides

    Removing slide numbers in PowerPoint only takes a few clicks: Open the PowerPoint file with the slides you want to edit. Click the Design tab at the top of the window. Click Slide Number in the Footer section of the Design tab. Slide Number button. When the drop-down menu appears, select (none) to remove slide numbers.

  13. Add, change, or remove transitions between slides

    Select the slide that has the transition you want to modify. On the Transitions tab, select Effect Options, then choose an option from the menu that appears. In the Timing group on the Transitions tab, you can change the duration of the effect. You can also specify whether the effect takes place after a mouse click or after a certain amount of ...

  14. How to Delete Slides in PowerPoint: Desktop & Mobile

    To select multiple slides spread out, hold Ctrl and click each slide. 3. Right-click the slide (s) and click Delete Slide. This is in the pop-up menu, underneath Duplicate Slide. On Mac, use a control-click . The selected slide (s) will be deleted. You can also press Del or Backspace on your keyboard to delete slides.

  15. How to Delete a Slide in a PowerPoint Presentation

    Open your PowerPoint presentation and right-click (or hold Control as you click) any slide you want to delete in the left sidebar. 2. From the drop-down list that appears, select "Delete" or ...

  16. How to Take Off the Timing on a PowerPoint Slide: A Step-by-Step Guide

    Step 1: Open the PowerPoint presentation. Open the PowerPoint file from which you want to remove the slide timing. Opening your PowerPoint presentation is the first step to making any changes. Ensure you have the correct file open and that you have saved all necessary previous work.

  17. PowerPoint

    In reply to ofirperez's post on January 21, 2019. "I'm here to help you!" That actually won't help at all. Instead try: File > Options. In the Advanced Tab scroll down to the PRINT section and untick 'Show Slide Numbers on Handouts'. www.pptalchemy.co.uk.

  18. Removing slide numbers from PowerPoint slides

    In PowerPoint, go to File - Options. On the left, choose Advanced and on the right, go to the Print section. Clear the option 'Print slide numbers on handouts' and click OK. Or. In PowerPoint, on the View Ribbon, choose Handout Master, see if you can remove those numbers form there . . .

  19. How to Copy a Slide in PowerPoint

    How to Copy and Paste a PowerPoint Slide. To copy and paste a slide in PowerPoint, right-click a slide and select Copy. You can also use the CTRL/Command+C hotkey to copy a slide. Once copied, you can either use the Command/CTRL+V hotkey to paste the slide or use the right-click menu to paste the slide. The right-click context menu provides ...

  20. More Efficient Option

    Namely, mass deleting Slide Masters. THE MORE EFFICIENT OPTION. The most efficient way I know to do it is to ensure all slides share the same design template. I did this by going to the Design tab, and then one by one verifying each slide shared the same template. Or, you could simply select all slides by using "Shift + A" on your keyboard, and ...

  21. What am I doing wrong

    Steve gave you the answer. Yes, you are checking the checkbox beside Footer in the Header and Footer dialog, but you left the Footer field blank. Instead, enter your name in the Footer field in the dialog, then click on Apply to All. Author of "OOXML Hacking - Unlocking Microsoft Office's Secrets", ebook now out.