Changing Location of Slide Numbers in PowerPoint 2013
Learn how to change the location of Slide Numbers in PowerPoint 2013.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7, 8, and 10
When you insert Slide Numbers on your
slides, you may discover that the location of the Slide Number changes depending upon the active
Theme of your slides. With some Themes, the Slide Number may
be placed at the bottom right -- with other Themes, it may be located at the top right (highlighted in
blue within the slide on top in Figure 1, below), or even in some other place (highlighted in blue within the slide on bottom in
Figure 1, below). The location of the Slide Number may seem to be
influenced by the Theme -- and that's almost true. However, a Theme is a larger concept -- it's only the
Slide Master, a subset of your
Theme that's influencing the position of your Slide Numbers.
Figure 1: Applying a different Theme may change the position of Slide Numbers
Follow these steps to change the location of Slide Numbers in PowerPoint 2013:
- Launch PowerPoint. Within the Presentation
Gallery that opens, select the Blank Presentation option. Typically the blank
presentation will have the Office Theme applied -- you can see the name of the active
Theme within the
Status Bar as highlighted in
red within Figure 2, below. If you see another Theme name here,
make sure you apply the Office Theme since this is a basic, clean Theme that lends itself
best to changes and edits that we discuss later in this tutorial. If you do not know how you can apply a
Theme, explore our
Applying Themes in PowerPoint, Word, and
Excel 2013 tutorial.
Figure 2: Presentation based on the Office Theme
- Next make sure that you insert Slide Numbers on your slide -- this is an easy process already explained
in our Working with Slide Number
tutorial. You'll end up with the slide number visible on your slide (highlighted in
red within Figure 3, below).
Figure 3: Slide Number on the slide
- Now access the View tab of the
Ribbon, and click the
Slide Master button, as shown highlighted in blue within
Figure 2 (show earlier on this page).
- This opens the
Slide Master view, as shown
in Figure 4. Within Slide Master view, you'll find that the left pane contains two distinctly
different elements: a larger thumbnail representing the Slide Master (highlighted in
red within Figure 4) and several smaller slide thumbnails below
representing individual Slide Layouts (highlighted in blue
within Figure 4).
Figure 4: Slide Master view within PowerPoint
Note: In hierarchy terms, Slide Layouts are dependent for their appearance on the Slide Master although you can individually override these dependencies.
- Now make sure you select the Slide Master (highlighted in
red within Figure 4, above). And notice the location of the
Slide Number placeholder, as shown highlighted in red within
Figure 5, below.
Figure 5: Slide Number placeholder
Tip: Cannot see any Slide Number placeholder? Make sure you select the larger thumbnail representing the Slide Master (highlighted in red within Figure 4, shown earlier on the page). Thereafter, within the Slide Master tab of the Ribbon, click the Master Layout button. In the resultant dialog box, select the Slide number check-box as shown in Figure 6, below.
Figure 6: Slide number check-box to be selected
- Now you can reposition and resize the Slide Number placeholder as required. In Figure 7 below, you can see that the Slide Number placeholder is repositioned to the top of the Slide Master (highlighted in red).
Figure 7: Slide Number placeholder repositioned
- If you want to have a different location for the Slide Number in any particular
Slide Layout, you can
optionally make those changes now -- remember that any changes you make in individual Slide Layouts will
override the Slide Master. Typically you will find a Slide Number placeholder located in the
same position in all layouts -- edit as required. If you want the layouts to behave just like the
Slide Master though, don't edit the Slide Number placeholder within your Slide Layouts.
- When done, access the Slide Master tab of the Ribbon, and click the
Close Master View button as shown highlighted in red within
Figure 8. This will get you back to
Figure 8: Close Master View button
- You'll now see the Slide Number in a different location on your slide, as shown in
Figure 9, below -- compare the slides shown in Figures 3 and
Figure 9: Slide Number repositioned
Tip: Still cannot see Slide Numbers? Make sure you insert them -- the Slide Master only influences the location of the Slide Numbers -- it does not insert them. Learn how to enable the Slide Numbers in our Working with Slide Numbers tutorial.
- Save your presentation.
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