Learn more about working with Slide Numbers in PowerPoint 97, 2000, 2002 and 2003 for Windows.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003
Most of the time, slide numbers are not visible on the slide although many users like to enable them. To do that, choose View | Header and Footer option, and within the resultant dialog box, make sure that the Slide number option is checked (see Figure 1). Make sure to choose Apply to All if you want to show slide numbers in all slides of the presentation -- and only Apply if you want it to be visible on the current slide.
Figure 1: Header and Footer dialog box
As you can see in Figure 1 above, you can opt to not show the slide numbers in the title slide, typically that's the first slide in a presentation.
You can also enable slide numbers to show in a presentation by choosing Insert | Slide Number -- this brings up the same dialog box that you saw in Figure 1.
Other than enabling slide numbers in the Normal view, you can add them to slides based on a particular Slide Master so that you can control which slides show the slide number and which don't -- this works if you are using multiple masters.
The process is similar -- follow these steps:
Did you try everything, and still cannot see slide numbers -- follow this troubleshooting sequence:
If you find another problem or solution, do enter your comments at the bottom of this page!
Do you want to start the numbering on your slides from zero rather than one? Or do you want to start it from 6 or 101? You can do it -- just follow these steps:
When you put in the auto number thing so that you can see what slide number you are on, can you start that at any number? Why does it have to be zero or one -- can it be 31?
Yes, it can -- since I already detail how this can be done on my blog, let me lead you there -- see Start Slide Number from 31
Typically you can start your slide numbering with any number -- so yes, your first slide can be numbered fourth. But what if you want the opposite -- maybe you want your fourth slide to be numbered first!
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