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Working with Slide Numbers in PowerPoint 2010

Learn how to add Slide Numbers on slides and Masters in PowerPoint 2010 -- and more tricks on making them work to your will.


Start Numbering from Zero
Start Slide Number from 31
Start on the Third, Fourth, or Another Slide


If your presentation has plenty of slides it will be easy to locate specific slides as long as you have enabled slide numbers on these slides. In PowerPoint 2010, you have to make these slide numbers visible since they don't show by default.

Following these steps will help add slide numbers to your individual slides in PowerPoint 2010.

  1. Select the Insert tab of the Ribbon. Within the Text group, click the Header & Footer button, as shown in Figure 1. Alternatively you can also click the Date & Time or Slide Number buttons in the same tab of the Ribbon.

    Header and Footer option in the Insert tab of the Ribbon
    Figure 1: Header and Footer option in the Insert tab of the Ribbon

  2. Either way, this brings up the Header and Footer dialog box (see Figure 2). Make sure that the Slide number option is checked (highlighted in red).

    Header and Footer dialog box in PowerPoint
    Figure 2: Header and Footer dialog box

    Now choose any of these options:

    Apply to All: This will apply the slide number to all slides.
    Apply: This will apply slide number to the current slide only.

  3. You can also choose the Don't show on title slide (highlighted in red) option to disable the visibility of slide number on the title slide, typically the first slide in a presentation and all other slides based on the Title layout.

Note: Remember that if your Slide Master or Slide Layouts have no Slide Number placeholder, then you will not see any slide numbers on the actual slides – even if you follow the preceding steps. Learn more in our Slide Numbers within Slide Master in PowerPoint 2010 tutorial.


Start Numbering from Zero

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:

  1. Choose the Design tab from the Ribbon, and click the Page Setup button (see Figure 7).

    Page Setup in PowerPoint
    Figure 7: Page Setup

  2. This opens the Page setup dialog box (see Figure 8).

    Page Setup dialog box
    Figure 8: Page Setup dialog box

  3. Change the number in the Number slides from option at the bottom left of the dialog box (highlighted in red), as required.

  4. Click OK to get back to your slides.


Start Slide Number from 31

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


Start on the Third, Fourth, or Another Slide

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!

Read more about making your fourth behave like your first slide.


See Also: Working with Slide Numbers in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac


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