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How to Create and Add Footnotes in PowerPoint

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Footnotes are great for providing additional information without taking up too much space. With there being a finite amount of space on each slide in PowerPoint, footnotes may be just the thing you need. Here’s how to add them to your next presentation.

Open PowerPoint and navigate to the slide in which you would like to insert a footnote. Next to the text that needs a footnote, insert a number or symbol.

Add number next to text

Now, you’ll need to make the number or symbol you’ve inserted as a footnote indicator into superscript. Highlight the character by clicking and dragging your mouse over it.

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highlight text

In the “Font” group of the “Home” tab, select the “Dialog Box Launcher,” which is the tiny icon found at the bottom-right of the “Font” group.

dialogue box pop up icon

The “Font” window will appear. Here, select the box next to “Superscript” in the “Effects” group. Click the “OK” button to proceed.

Turn text into superscript

The selected text will now appear as superscripted text.

superscripted text

Now to add the actual footnote. In the “Text” tab of the “Insert” group, select the “Header & Footer” option.

Header & Footer icon

The “Header and Footer” window will appear. Check the box next to “Footer,” enter the number or symbol that you used for the footnote indicator, and then enter the footnote text. Once finished, select the “Apply” button.

Type Footnote in footer menu

The footnote will now be inserted.

Footnote example

Repeat this process for each slide that requires a footnote.

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Marshall Gunnell Marshall Gunnell
Marshall Gunnell is a writer with experience in the data storage industry. He worked at Synology, and most recently as CMO and technical staff writer at StorageReview. He's currently an API/Software Technical Writer at LINE Corporation in Tokyo, Japan.
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