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
- 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
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 Normal view.
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 9.
Figure 9: Slide Number repositioned
- Save your presentation.