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When you’re presenting a PowerPoint presentation, it can be easy to lose track of what slide you’re currently on—especially if it’s a large one. To help, you can add slide numbers in PowerPoint to know your position.

You could, of course, add slide numbers manually to each of your slides using text boxes. This isn’t an option we’d recommend because any changes you make (for instance, by adding new slides) would require you to update your slide numbers manually, too.

Instead, you can add slide numbers that update automatically on all of your slides, including any hidden slides. By default, these slide numbers will appear in your slide footer, but you can move and format your slide numbers by editing the “Slide Master” for your presentation.

Add Slide Numbers to a PowerPoint Presentation

To add slide numbers, open a PowerPoint presentation with several slides added and then click the “Insert” tab.

Press the Insert tab in PowerPoint

From here, you’ll need to select the “Header & Footer” button in the “Text” section.

Click the Header & Footer button

This will bring up the “Header and Footer” options box. To add slide numbers to your PowerPoint slides, click the “Slide Number” checkbox in the “Slides” tab.

Press the “Apply to All” button to add slide numbers to all of your slides.

In your header and footer options, click the Slide number checkbox, then press Apply to all

Once applied, your slide numbers will appear on each of your slides in the bottom-right corner. If you’ve split your PowerPoint presentation into sections, you’ll need to repeat this action for each section.

Remove Slide Numbers from a PowerPoint Presentation

To remove slide numbers from a PowerPoint presentation, you can follow similar steps to those shown above.

RELATED: How to Remove Slide Numbers from PowerPoint Slides

Press Insert > Header & Footer to bring up the PowerPoint header and footer options. In the “Header and Footer” box, uncheck the “Slide number” checkbox option.

You can remove the page number from only the currently selected slide by clicking “Apply” or to all of your slides by clicking the “Apply to All” button instead.

In your header and footer options, uncheck the Slide number checkbox, then press Apply or Apply to all

Format Slide Numbers in PowerPoint

You can format your slide numbers using the PowerPoint Slide Master to make them appear in a different font, size, color, or position.

RELATED: How to Create a Slide Master in Microsoft PowerPoint

To do this, click View > Slide Master from the ribbon bar.

Click View > Slide Master to enter the slide master editing view

This will load the Slide Master editing screen. You’ll see the current position of your page number as a text box in the bottom-right section of the slide.

The slide number text box in the PowerPoint slide master editing view

You can move the text box to another position to move your slide number across all of your slides.

To edit the text formatting of the slide number, select the text box and then select the “Home” tab on the ribbon bar.

You can then edit the text formatting options using the available options in the “Font” and “Paragraph” sections.

Formatting options in the Home tab in PowerPoint

For instance, pressing the “Bold” button will make the slide numbers appear in bold across all slides.

Once you’ve formatted your slide numbers, return to the “Slide Master” tab on the ribbon bar and then select the “Close Master View” button.

Click the Close Master View button to close the slide master view mode in PowerPoint

Your slide numbers will update with new formatting across all of your slides, depending on the changes you made.

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