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Slide numbers are a great way to navigate to a specific slide on your PowerPoint presentation quickly. In the event that the slide numbers are no longer necessary, you might want to remove them. Here’s how.

First, open the PowerPoint presentation that contains the slide numbers you want to remove. The slide number appears in the top-left corner of its respective slide.

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Next, head over to the “Text” group of the “Insert” tab and select “Slide Number."

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Once selected, the “Header and Footer” dialog box will appear. In the “Slide” tab, uncheck the box next to “Slide Number." If you want to remove the number from only the selected slide, then select “Apply” (2). If you want to remove the numbers from every slide in the presentation, then select “Apply to All" (3).

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You might want to remove the slide number from the title slide only. Numbering that slide probably isn't necessary as most understand the title slide is the first slide of your presentation.

To remove the slide number from the title slide only, select “Slide Number” in the “Text” group to open up the “Header and Footer” dialog box again. This time, check the box next to “Don’t Show on the Title Slide."

If you happened to be on the title slide when you opened the dialog box, then select “Apply." However, if you were on any other slide, you’ll need to select “Apply to All” for it to work.

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Occasionally, you see a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation with numbered slides. It’s the same as numbering pages in a Microsoft Word document. Similar to Word, there might be slides that you don’t want to number, such as the title slide. PowerPoint’s slide-numbering feature is easy to implement, but it is seriously limited.

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to add slide numbers to a presentation. Then, I’ll show you how to remove numbers from specific slides and a trick that lets you restart slide numbering at the second slide, but that’s the only time it works.

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I’m using Microsoft 365 on a Windows 10 64-bit system, but you can use older versions of PowerPoint. PowerPoint for the web supports slide numbers. If you’re working with a slide show other than the default, add slide numbering to the master show slides. The process is the same.

How to add slide numbers in PowerPoint

Adding slide numbers to a presentation is simple. Similar to Word, you’ll add a field that displays the current slide number. Because it’s a field, it updates when you move, delete and add slides. Let’s start by adding slide numbers to all the slides in a simple presentation:

  • After adding a slide, click the Insert tab.
  • Click Header & Footer in the Text group to add the numbers to the footer.
  • In the resulting dialog, click the Slide tab if necessary.
  • Check the Slide Number option ( Figure A ).
  • Click Apply to All. Notice that there’s also an Apply button. Click Apply to insert the page number only on the selected slide(s).

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As you can see in Figure B , the slide number is in the bottom-right corner.

Enabling slide numbering for one or all slides is easy. Now, let’s turn it off for a specific page.

How to disable slide numbering in PowerPoint

Once you’ve enabled numbering for all slides, you might want to disable it for a page or two. For instance, this presentation has a title page — most do. As a rule, title slides don’t display a number, so let’s turn numbering off for the title slide as follows:

  • Click the Insert tab and then click Header & Footer in the Text group.
  • In the resulting dialog, check the Don’t Show On Title Slide option ( Figure C ).
  • If the title page is currently selected, click Apply. If you select another slide, click Apply All.

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That was easy, but what if you want to disable numbering for a slide other than the title slide? Again, the solution is simple:

  • Select the slide in question. In this case, we’ll use slide 2.
  • Click Insert and then click Header & Footer in the Text group.
  • In the resulting dialog, uncheck the Slide Number option.
  • Click Apply to disable numbering for only the selected slide, the second slide.

This simple presentation has four slides. The first two have no slide numbers, and slides 3 and 4 do. You might want to consider restarting the page numbering at slide 3. Instead of displaying 3, you might want it to display 1. To the best of my knowledge, you can’t restart slide numbering. However, I do have a quick trick that will work only when you’ve turned numbering off for the first slide.

You can reset the starting slide number, and PowerPoint will apply it to the entire presentation. If you start with 4 slides and disable numbering for the first slide, you can reset that starting number to 0. Consequently, slide 1 is 0, slide 2 is 1 and so on. To reset the starting number to 0, do the following:

  • Click the Design tab.
  • In the Customize group, click Slide Size.
  • From the dropdown, choose Custom Slide Size.
  • In the resulting dialog, change the Number Slides From setting from 1 to 0 ( Figure D ).

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At this point, slide 3 displays 2 and slide 4 displays 3. The only way to fix this is to enable numbering for slide 2 as follows:

  • Select slide 2 — the real slide 2.
  • Click the Insert tab.
  • Choose Header & Footer in the Text group.
  • In the resulting dialog, check Slide Number.

Figure E shows the slides and numbering. The title slide displays no number. The second slide displays 1. Slide 3 displays 2 and slide 4 displays 3. The only time this works is when the first slide doesn’t display a number and you reset the starting number to 0.

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You can reset the starting slide number to a larger number. You’ll do so when combining different presentations. For instance, you might run the first show with slides 1 through 10 and then run a second, from slides 11 to 25.

There are third-party products available that allow you to implement more complex slide numbering schemes in PowerPoint.

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Change Presentation Slide Numbering to Start From 0

When inserting slide numbers at the bottom of each slide of a PowerPoint presentation, it is common to remove the slide number from the Title slide. However the numbering begins from number 2 on the second slide.

If you want the slide numbering to start from number 1 on the second slide. You first need to remove the slide number from the Title slide, and then set the presentation slide numbering from 0.

Remove Slide Numbering from the Title Slide

To remove slide numbering from the Title slide of a presentation;

  • Click the Insert tab on the Ribbon
  • Click the Slide Number button
  • Check the Don’t show on title slide box

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Start the Slide Numbering from 0

Setting the presentation slide numbering from 0 ensures that slide 2 is numbered as slide number 1.

  • Click the Design tab on the Ribbon
  • Click the Page Setup button
  • Set the Number slides from: box to 0

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Do you want to start your PowerPoint Slide number / page numbers at zero or another number? By default, PowerPoint starts your presentation slide numbering at one. But setting your slide number to start from zero or any other number in PowerPoint is easy.

There’s a couple of ways to change your slide numbering in PowerPoint – from the Design Tab or using the PPT Productivity Slide Numbering feature.

Change Starting Page Number in PowerPoint from the Design Tab

To set your page numbers to start from a page other than one, navigate to the ‘Design’ tab in PowerPoint. Once on the ‘Design’ tab, use the following steps to update the slide numbering;

1. Open the ‘Slide Size’ dropdown menu 2. From the ‘Slide Size’ menu, select ‘custom slide size’

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3. At the bottom of the ‘custom slide size’ dialogue box you will see the ‘Number slides from:’ dropdown box.

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4. From the ‘slide numbers from:’ dropdown box, select or input the slide number you want to start your slide numbering from. For example, selecting zero will start your presentations slide numbering from slide 0 rather than slide 1 5. Click ‘OK’ for the slide numbering change to be applied to your presentation

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Change Starting Page Number in PowerPoint with PPT Productivity

PPT Productivity has made it even easier to set your slide numbers to begin at zero, or any other number.

To change slide numbering with PPT Productivity, 1. From the top ribbon select the ‘Slide Numbers and Totals’ icon from the ‘Footer’ feature group.

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2. In the ‘Slide Numbers and Slide Totals’ menu, select or input the slide number you want the presentation numbering to begin with. For example, changing the slide number to start at zero will make the first slide in the presentation number 0 rather than 1. 3. Click OK for the slide numbering change to be applied.

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The PPT Productivity slide numbering tools are also accessible from the ‘Insert’ tab.

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Remove Slide Numbers From PowerPoint Slides

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In some instances, you may wish to remove slide numbers from a PowerPoint presentation. Learn how to remove the numbers from a current presentation with these easy to follow instructions.

Instructions in this article apply to PowerPoint 2019, 2016, 2013, 2010; and PowerPoint for Microsoft 365.

Remove Slide Numbers

Save the presentation using a different file name if you wish to retain the original presentation with the slide numbers.

On the ribbon , select Insert .

In the Text section, select Slide Number . The Header and Footer dialog box opens.

Remove the checkmark next to Slide number .

Select Apply to All to remove the slide number from all slides in your presentation.

If the slide numbers were added one at a time to each slide (using a small graphic image, for example), delete the slide numbers from each individual slide.

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How to Add or Remove Slide Numbers in PowerPoint

It sometimes makes sense to number your slides in PowerPoint, especially if you have a long presentation. Here's how you can do so.

If you use Microsoft products like Word and Excel, there's also a good chance that you use PowerPoint for presentations. Depending on the purpose, such presentations can either be short or long.

Whereas one-page slides do not need numbering, you cannot say the same for longer and larger presentations which usually run into tens or hundreds of pages. In such cases, it makes perfect sense to number the slides for easy reference.

So, we'll show you how to add, format, and remove slide numbers from your PowerPoint presentation.

Adding Slide Numbers in PowerPoint

Adding slide numbers in PowerPoint is easy and straightforward. Here's how to go about it:

  • Launch PowerPoint on your desktop.
  • Open the PowerPoint presentation you want to number.
  • Click on the Insert tab in the ribbon area.
  • Then click on Header and Footer .

Dialog box to add slide number in PowerPoint

  • To add a page number to the current slide only, click on Apply .
  • To add slide numbers to all the pages, click Apply to All instead. There's also the provision to add the current date and time .
  • If your first page also doubles as your title page, you definitely don't want a slide number there. To prevent that, simply check the Don't show on title slide box.

If you want to be a little adventurous, you can also add the Zoom effect .

Repositioning Slide Numbers in PowerPoint

If, for some reason, you don't like the placement of the slide number, you can easily reposition it to your liking. You can do this two ways—for specific or all slides.

Repositioning Slide Numbers for a Specific Slide

To reposition the slide number for a particular slide in PowerPoint:

Slide number box being epositioned in PowerPoint

  • Now drag the Slide Number box to any location of your choice. This can be the header, footer, or even side panels; it's up to you.

Repositioning Slide Numbers for All Slides

To reposition the slide numbers for all slides in PowerPoint:

  • Click on the Slide Number box.
  • Go to the ribbon and click on the View tab.

Slide numbers being repositioned for all slides in PowerPoint

  • Now, drag the Slide Number box to your desired location.
  • When done, click on Close Master View .

Formatting Slide Numbers

You can change the font type, size, and color of your slide numbers in PowerPoint. You can even use special characters like Roman, Chinese, or Hebrew numerals and more. To do so:

Slide number being formatted in PowerPoint

  • From the popup toolbar options, select your font and size. You can also bolden, underline, or italicize the slide number to your taste.

Removing Slide Numbers in PowerPoint

Removing slide numbers in PowerPoint is also easy and straightforward. You can equally do it in two ways for short and long presentations.

Removing Slide Numbers from a Specific Slide

To remove the slide number from a particular slide:

  • Open the PowerPoint presentation.

Slide number being removed from specific slide in PowerPoint

  • Press the Delete key on your keyboard.

Removing Slide Numbers from All Slides

If you want to remove slide numbers from all pages:

  • Open the PowerPoint presentation in question.

Slide number being removed in PowerPoint

  • On the Header and Footer dialog box, uncheck the Slide number box.
  • Now click on Apply to All .

You can add, format, and remove PowerPoint slide numbers across all platforms, including online and mobile. It's essentially the same process.

Keep Track of Your PowerPoint Slides.

If your PowerPoint presentation runs into dozens or hundreds of slides, you'll be better off numbering it. This way, you can easily reference a particular page. It also makes it easier for your viewers to keep track of your slides as they read or study. It helps them track their progress and not get lost along the way.

Adding, formatting, and removing slide numbers is another simple way of optimizing your PowerPoint presentations for maximum impact.

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How to Delete a Slide in PowerPoint

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This article was co-authored by wikiHow staff writer, Nicole Levine, MFA . Nicole Levine is a Technology Writer and Editor for wikiHow. She has more than 20 years of experience creating technical documentation and leading support teams at major web hosting and software companies. Nicole also holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Portland State University and teaches composition, fiction-writing, and zine-making at various institutions. This article has been viewed 146,165 times. Learn more...

This wikiHow teaches you how to delete a slide from a PowerPoint presentation on a PC or Mac.

Open your presentation in PowerPoint

You can usually do this by double-clicking the file on your computer.

Switch to Normal/Editing View

If you're in the correct view, thumbnails for each slide in the presentation will appear along the left side of the screen.

  • When you hover the mouse cursor over the correct icon, you will see “Editing View” or “Normal View.”

Right-click the slide thumbnail you want to delete

You'll see the slide thumbnails in the left column.

Select the "Delete Slide" option

Click Delete Slide to remove the slide from your presentation.

  • If you don’t want to delete the slide but don’t want it to appear in you presentation, select Hide Slide instead.
  • If you decide you want the slide back, press Command + Z (macOS) or Control + Z (Windows) to undo the delete.

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How to Remove Slide Numbers From PowerPoint Slides

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Have you ever created a PowerPoint presentation with slide numbers enabled, only to later decide you want a cleaner, less cluttered look without the numbers? Removing slide numbers in PowerPoint is easy once you know where to find the setting. In this article, I’ll walk you through the quick and simple steps.

Why Remove Slide Numbers?

There are a few reasons you may want to remove slide numbers:

  • Cleaner look : Numbers in the footer can make slides look busier and more cluttered, especially if you have other footer text like titles or logos. Removing numbers creates a cleaner, less distracting look.
  • Printing handouts : When printing PowerPoint slides as handouts, you usually don’t need slide numbers since people aren’t flipping through slides. Removing numbers declutters the handouts.
  • Sharing digitally : If you export slides as images to share digitally (like in a blog post), slide numbers just take up space without adding value for the audience.
  • Presenter preference : Some presenters simply prefer slides without numbers during their presentation if the number sequence isn’t critical information for the audience. It’s purely an aesthetic choice.

How to Remove Slide Numbers in PowerPoint

Removing slide numbers in PowerPoint only takes a few clicks:

  • Open the PowerPoint file with the slides you want to edit.
  • Click the Design tab at the top of the window.
  • Click Slide Number in the Footer section of the Design tab. Slide Number button
  • When the drop-down menu appears, select (none) to remove slide numbers.

That’s it! The slide number footer will disappear from all slides.

Here are a few notes about this process:

  • If you only want to remove numbers from certain slides rather than the whole presentation, right-click on those slides in the thumbnail pane and choose Hide Slide Number instead of using the Design tab.
  • If slide numbers have been manually typed onto slides instead of added through the footer, the above steps won’t remove them. You’ll have to manually delete the text boxes with numbers.
  • If you want slide numbers for presenter notes but not on the projected slides , choose Slide number (in notes pages) instead of (none) .

And if you ever need to add slide numbers back:

  • Click back on Slide Number in the Design tab footer.
  • Choose Slide number to add back the default numbering.

Customizing Slide Number Format

Removing slide numbers entirely keeps the slides clean, simple, and distraction-free.

But what if you only want to tweak the numbering format without fully removing it?

PowerPoint gives you options to customize the number format rather than accepting the default numbering:

  • Start sequence at a number other than 1 : If you have other intro slides without numbers, having the main content slides start higher looks better.
  • Only show numbers on some slides : Useful if you only need a few reference points but not numbers cluttering every slide.
  • Change number style : Pick a different number style like Roman numerals instead of the boring default Arabic numbers.

To customize slide number format:

  • Again click on Slide Number in the Design tab footer.
  • Choose Format Slide Numbers .

This opens the Slide Number Format window with all the customization options.

Here you can:

  • Choose what slides to include numbers on
  • Set the start number
  • Change number formats (Arabic, Roman numerals, etc.)
  • Decide if you want separate numbering for sections

Play around with the options to find your optimal slide numbering setup!

Best Practices for Slide Number Use

Should you include visible slide numbers at all in PowerPoint presentations? Here are a few best practices:

  • Use numbers for long complex presentations : If you have multiple sections and topics making it easy to get lost, slide numbers help orient the audience and keep things clear.
  • Don’t use if order doesn’t matter : If you jump around topics randomly or slides can be viewed in any order, slide numbers aren’t useful for viewers.
  • Use with caution for short presentations : The simpler the talk and fewer slides, the less relevant visible numbering is likely to be.
  • Make numbers subtle : If using numbers, keep them small, simple, and consistent from slide to slide without bolding or drawing attention.

The bottom line? Slide numbering is incredibly useful as an organization tool for the presenter but not always beneficial for the audience. Know when numbers clutter up slides unnecessarily. Don’t be afraid to remove numbers entirely if the presentation clarity doesn’t rely on them!

I hope this gives you the knowledge and confidence to add, remove, or customize PowerPoint slide numbers to suit your unique needs. Clean, professional slides are just a few clicks away.

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PowerPoint presentations are an essential tool for students, teachers, business professionals and anyone who needs to present information in an organized and visually appealing manner. Adding slide numbers is an important feature that helps the presenter and the audience to keep track of the progress of the presentation. In this article, we will explain how to add or remove slide numbers in PowerPoint.

How to Add Slide Numbers in PowerPoint

1. Open your PowerPoint presentation.

2. Click on the Insert tab located on the top menu bar.

3. Click on the Slide Number option.

4. A dialog box will appear with different options. You can choose to add slide numbers to all slides or to selected slides.

5. Once you have selected the option, click on the Apply or Apply to Selected Slides button.

6. The selected slides will now have slide numbers added to them.

How to Remove Slide Numbers in PowerPoint If you have previously added slide numbers to your presentation and now want to remove them, follow these simple steps:

4. A dialog box will appear with different options. You can choose to remove slide numbers from all slides or from selected slides.

6. The selected slides will now have the slide numbers removed.

Adding slide numbers to your PowerPoint presentation is simple and easy. It helps the presenter and the audience to keep track of the progress of the presentation. If you want to add or remove slide numbers, just follow the steps above, and you will be able to do it easily. Remember to make sure that your presentation is well-organized and visually appealing and use tools like slide numbers to make your presentation even better.  

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Add, edit, or remove a placeholder on a slide layout

In PowerPoint, a placeholder is a pre-formatted container on a slide for content (text, graphics, or video). The pre-set formatting makes it easier to format slides consistently.

You format a placeholder in Slide Master view. Then you use the placeholder—add content to it—in Normal view.

The pictured slide has two rectangular placeholders:

The (upper) Title placeholder prompts the user for text and formats it in the default Heading font, size, and color

The (lower) Content placeholder accepts text, or a table, chart, SmartArt graphic, picture, or video, as indicated by the clickable icons at its center.

A Title and Content slide with two placeholders

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Change the prompt text in a placeholder

You can change the generic prompt text ("Click to edit ...") for a placeholder.

On the View tab, in the Master Views group, select Slide Master .

In slide master view, in the thumbnail pane, select the layout that you want to revise.

In the main pane, on the layout, select the current prompt text (such as Click to edit text , and then type the text you want to use instead.

When you complete the changes in slide master view, on the Slide Master tab, select Close Master View to return to Normal view.

Tip:  Modifications to the slide master and the corresponding slide layouts are temporarily added to the theme that is applied to your presentation. If you apply a different theme, then the slide master changes are discarded. If you want to keep the changes for future use, in the Edit Theme group, click Themes , and then click Save Current Theme .

Resize or reposition a placeholder

On the View tab, click Slide Master .

On the slide layout that you want change, click the placeholder that you want to change, and then do one of the following:

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On the Slide Master tab, click Close Master View .

In Normal View, in the thumbnail pane, select all the slides that use the slide layout you just revised.

To select multiple slides, press and hold the Ctrl key, and then click each slide.

Click the slide in the Thumbnail pane

On the Home tab, click Layout , and then select the layout that contains the placeholders that you just changed.

This step finalizes the placeholder change by reapplying the changed slide layout to an actual slide.

Add a placeholder to a slide layout

Placeholders can only be added to slide layouts, not individual slides in a presentation. If you haven't worked with slide layouts, check out What is a slide layout? and What is a slide master? to learn more before reading on.

In the left thumbnail pane, click the slide layout that you want to add one or more placeholders to.

On the Slide Master tab, click Insert Placeholder , and then click the type of placeholder that you want to add.

Shows the Insert Placeholder button in the Slide Master View in PowerPoint

Click a location on the slide layout, and then drag to draw the placeholder. You can add as many placeholders as you like.

If you add a text placeholder, you can customize the prompt text ("Click to edit ...") that appears in it:

Select the default text in the placeholder, and replace it with your own prompt text.

Switch to the Home tab to format the prompt text as you want it to appear.

With the text selected, you can change the Font or Font Size . If an unwanted bullet appears before your custom prompt text, in the Paragraph group, click the down arrow next to Bullets , and then click None .

When you're done, on the Slide Master tab, click Close Master View .

(To select multiple slides, press and hold the Ctrl key, and then click each slide.)

Remove a placeholder

We recommend that you don't remove a placeholder from a pre-built slide layout. If you want to make a change like that, duplicate that layout, give it a distinct name, and then edit that copy.

In the left thumbnail pane, click the slide layout that you want to revise.

Select the placeholder on the layout, then press the Delete key.

The following is an example of a built-in slide layout that contains a title text placeholder, two subtitle text placeholders, and two placeholders to which you can add body text, a table, chart, SmartArt graphic, picture, or a movie or sound clip.

You can add placeholders anywhere on a slide layout and add custom prompt text to prompt your users to enter a certain type of content. You can also customize the text for more specific prompts.

Important:  If you revise a slide layout after you've already created some slides that use that layout, you must reapply the layout to the slides. See "Apply the updates so that they appear on your slides" in the article, Edit and re-apply a slide layout .

On the View tab, in the Presentation Views group, click Slide Master .

In the pane that contains the slide masters and layouts, click the layout that you want to add one or more placeholders to.

On the Slide Master tab, in the Master Layout group, click Insert Placeholder , and then click the type of placeholder that you want.

Click a location on the layout, and then drag to draw the placeholder.

If you add a text placeholder, you can add custom text.

Highlight the default text in the placeholder, and replace it with your own prompt text.

Note:  If an unwanted bullet appears before your custom prompt text, click the Home tab, and in the Paragraph group, click the down arrow next to Bullets , and then click None .

To add more placeholders to a layout, repeat steps 2 through 4.

Note:  When you add placeholders to a layout, if the content in those placeholders changes the layout's purpose, you may also want to rename the layout. To do so, right-click the slide layout thumbnail, click Rename Layout , type a new name, and then click Rename .

On the Slide Master tab, in the Close group, click Close Master View to return to Normal view.

In the slide thumbnail list, select the slide that you want to re-apply the layout with the newly-added placeholders to.

On the Home tab, in the Slides group, click Layout , and then click the revised layout.

Note:  For more information about layouts, see Create a new custom layout .

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You can replace the generic prompt text ("Click to edit ...") for a placeholder.

On the View menu, point to Master Views , and then click Slide Master .

In slide master view, click the first slide layout below the slide master in the navigation pane. (Slide layouts are below the slide master, which is the first item in the navigation pane.)

Select the text Click to edit Master title style , and then type the custom text you'd like to replace it with.

When you complete the changes in Slide Master view, on the Slide Master tab, click Close Master to return to Normal (editing) view.

To select multiple slides, press and hold the Command key ⌘, and then click each slide.

Add placeholders to a slide layout

Placeholders are boxes on a slide layout that you click to add content when you're creating your slides. In slide master view, you can add placeholders to a new slide layout, or change the look of an existing slide layout.

On the View menu, in the Master Views group, click Slide Master .

In the navigation pane, click the slide layout that you want to change. Slide layouts are below the slide master, which is the top slide in the navigation pane.

In the Master Layout group, click the arrow next to Insert Placeholder , and then click the type of placeholder you want to insert. Options are for Content , Content (Vertical) , Text , Text (Vertical) , Picture , Chart , Table , SmartArt , Media , and Online Image .

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On the slide, drag your cursor to draw the placeholder on the slide.

Do any of the following:

When you complete the changes in slide master view, on the Slide Master tab, click Close Master to return to normal view.

(To select multiple slides, press and hold the Command key ⌘, and then click each slide.)

Remove footer elements from a slide layout

The footer placeholders are included by default when you add a new slide layout. The footer is made up of three elements: date and time, footer text, and slide number. The formatting, size, and position of the footer placeholders are inherited from the footer elements on the slide master, except if you edit the footer placeholder directly on the slide layout.

Important:  Even if the footer elements are represented on the slide master and slide layouts in slide master view, you must turn them on before they can appear on the slides of your presentation. To turn on headers and footers, click the Insert menu, and then click Header and Footer .

In the Slide Master tab, in the Master Layout , clear the Footers check box.

Screenshot shows the Title and Footers options available in the Master Layout group.

When you complete the changes in slide master view, on the message bar click Close Master to return to normal view.

Placeholders are boxes on a slide layout that you click to add content when you're creating a presentation. In slide master view, you can add placeholders to a new slide layout, or change the look of an existing slide layout.

On the View menu, point to Master , and then click Slide Master .

Click the Slide Master tab, and then under Edit Layout , do any of the following:

Tip:  Modifications to the slide master and the corresponding slide layouts are temporarily added to the theme that is applied to your presentation. If you apply a different theme, then the slide master changes are discarded. If you want to keep the changes for future use, on the Themes tab, under Themes , click Save Theme .

Replace the prompt text in a placeholder

If you are creating a template and want to provide specific instructions for what content should be added to a placeholder on a slide, you can replace the prompt text in slide master view. In the following example "Click to add project title" replaces the default prompt text in a title placeholder.

In slide master view, click the first slide layout below the slide master in the navigation pane. Slide layouts are below the slide master which is the top slide in the navigation pane.

To replace the placeholder text, select the text Click to edit Master title style , and then type or paste the custom text, Click to add project title .

The placeholder text changes to Click to add project title , and you see this new prompt text in the placeholder when you return to normal view.

Click the Slide Master tab, and then under Edit Layout , clear the Allow Footers check box.

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How to Unlink in PowerPoint? The COMPLETE Guide!

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How to Unlink in PowerPoint? The COMPLETE Guide!

One amazing feature that PowerPoint provides is the ability to link text to other elements. For instance, you can link text to a video, an external source, or even a different slide! But, sometimes, you may want to remove the links present on your slides especially when they are broken! In such a scenario, how do you unlink in PowerPoint slides?

To unlink PowerPoint slides, open the slide containing the link. Then, right-click on the link using your mouse. A menu will appear with various options. Click on “Remove Link” and your slides will now be unlinked. You can also unlink text in PowerPoint using the same process.

While that is just a short answer, I have covered the detailed step-by-step instructions in this article below. Plus, I will also provide you with tips around unlinking other elements in PowerPoint as well!

So, let’s get started!

How to Unlink Text in PowerPoint?

Unlinking text in PowerPoint is very easy on both Windows and Mac and can be done following just a few simple steps. With just a few clicks, you can unlink any text on your PowerPoint Presentation. I’ll give you a step-by-step guide below on to do it:

Step-1 : Open your PowerPoint Presentation.

At first, you will have to open the PowerPoint presentation from where you want to unlink the hyperlinked text. To do that, open Microsoft PowerPoint and go to the ‘Open’ tab. Click on ‘Browse’ and select your PowerPoint Presentation file. The hyperlink will appear as a blue colored underlined text.

Step-2: Right click on the certain hyperlink you want to unlink.

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Place your cursor on the hyperlink text and right click on it. This will open a dropdown menu.

Step 3: Click Option “Remove link”

In the dropdown menu, you will find an option called “Remove Link”. Click on it to unlink the text from its hyperlink.

How to Unlink Slides in PowerPoint?

Now that you know how to unlink text in PowerPoint, I’ll show you how to unlink slides as well. Follow the steps below:

Step 1: Open your PowerPoint Presentation Like before, you will begin by opening the PowerPoint presentation. Go to Microsoft PowerPoint and click on the ‘open’ tab. From there, click on ‘Browse’ and select the PowerPoint Presentation you want to work on.

Step-2: Scroll up or down to your desired slide

Now that you have opened your slides, scroll up/down to the slide you want to unlink. You can do that by either using your mouse or pressing the ‘pgup’ or ‘pgdn’ button on your keyboard.

Step-3: Right click on the Hyperlink

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Hyperlinks are usually underlined and blue in color. However, this may not be the case if the color is changed by the use. Find the hyperlink you want to remove and right click on it after selecting it using your mouse.

Step-4: Remove the Hyperlink

From the dropdown menu, click on ‘Remove Link’ and the hyperlink will be removed from the slide. Note that once the hyperlink is removed from the slide, its color will revert to black, which is default color in Microsoft PowerPoint.

How to Remove All Hyperlinks in PowerPoint?

You might often have numerous hyperlinks on your PowerPoint presentation, and it might be a bit tiring to remove each of them one by one. In this section, I will show you how to remove all hyperlinks in PowerPoint at once, both in Window and in Mac using a simple Macro command.

Remember! It is important to note that there is no direct way to remove all hyperlinks in a PowerPoint presentation apart from running a macro. However, using a macro command is quite easy! Make sure that you follow the steps described in this article.

Remove All Hyperlinks from PowerPoint in Windows?

To run a Macro command on Windows, you will have to make the ‘Developer’ tab visible on the ribbon. In the first two steps, I will show you how to do that. If it is already visible, you can start from Step-3 and ignore the first two.

Step-1: Go to ‘Customize Ribbons’

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On the ‘File’ tab, click on ‘Options’ at the bottom left corner. This will open a new window with the PowerPoint options. From there, go to the ‘Customize Ribbons’ section.

Step-2: Select/Check ‘Developer’ under ‘Main Tabs’

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Within the ‘Customize Ribbons’ section, you will find ‘Main Tabs’ section. Scroll down and click on the ‘Developer’ checkbox. Than click on ‘OK’ to save the changes. You now have the ‘Developer’ tab on your Ribbon.

Step-3: Open ‘Macros’ from the ‘Developer’ tab.

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Go to the ‘Developer’ tab of your Microsoft PowerPoint presentation and click on ‘Macros’. A box will appear where you will have to assign a name to your macro as ‘Remove_all_Hyperlinks’ and click on ‘Create’.

Step-4: Copy and Paste the Macro command

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Open clicking on ‘create’, you will be taken to a new window where you can run Macro commands. Copy and Paste the following Macro Command inside the box:

Sub Remove_all_Hyperlinks()     Dim oSl As Slide     Dim x As Long     For Each oSl In ActivePresentation.Slides         For x = oSl.Hyperlinks.Count To 1 Step -1             oSl.Hyperlinks(x).Delete         Next     Next End Sub

Step-5: Run the Macro Command to Remove all Hyperlinks

Click on the ‘Run Sub/User Form’ button as shown above to run the Macro command and remove all Hyperlinks from Microsoft PowerPoint.

Remove all Hyperlinks from PowerPoint on Mac?

If you are using PowerPoint on a Macbook, you can still remove all the hyperlinks from the presentation by running a macro. Since the steps are similar to the ones shown in the previous section, I am not adding any images to this section.

Step-1: Open ‘Macros’ from the ‘Tools’ tab.

On your Microsoft PowerPoint, click on ‘Tools’ and from the dropdown menu, place your cursor on ‘Macro’ and click on ‘Macros’. A box will appear where you will have to assign a name to your macro as ‘Remove_all_Hyperlinks’ and click on ‘Create’.

Step-2: Copy and Paste the Macro command

Step-3: Run the Macro Command to Remove all Hyperlinks

Click on the ‘Run Sub/User Form’ button to run the Macro command and remove all Hyperlinks from Microsoft PowerPoint.

How to Update Links in PowerPoint?

Updating the links in your PowerPoint presentation might sound a little difficult, but it really isn’t. I’ll be giving a step-by-step guide below on how to update links in PowerPoint:

Step-1: Go to the ‘Info’ option

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On your PowerPoint presentation, click on the ‘File’ tab. From there, click on ‘Info’ to access the info option.

Step-2: Open ‘Edit Links to Files’

At the bottom right corner of the ‘Info’ tab, you will find the ‘Edit Links to Files’ option. Clicking on it will open a dialogue box with all the links on your PowerPoint Presentation file.

Step-3: Update your Link

From the dialogue box with the list of links, select the link you want to update. After that, click on ‘Update Now’ on the right side of the box. That’s it! Now click on ‘Close’ to close the dialogue box.

That’s how easy it is to update a link on your PowerPoint presentation! But what if you want to do the opposite and unlink your PowerPoint presentation from and Excel spreadsheet?

How to Unlink PowerPoint Chart from Excel?

You might often need to Unlink your PowerPoint chart from an Excel sheet in order to link to a different one. I actually wrote a complete article on how to unlink PowerPoint chart from Excel . Make sure that you check it out for detailed instructions.

For convenience, I’m also sharing the steps below in a brief manner:

Step-1: Go to the ‘Info’ tab

On your PowerPoint presentation, click on the ‘File’ tab. From there, click on ‘Info’ to access the info tab.

At the bottom right corner of the ‘Info’ tab, you will find the ‘Edit Links to Files’ option. Clicking on it will open a dialogue box with all the links on your PowerPoint Presentation.

Step-3: Remove the Link

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From the dialogue box with the list of links, select the link you want to remove. After that, click on ‘Break Link’ to successfully break the link from your PowerPoint chart.

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My Powerpoint slides present with instructions right on the slide (e.g. 'Click to Add a Tile' and 'Click to Add a Subtitle'_.

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I followed directions for selecting the Office theme under the Design tab, but this did not work.

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Try the View>Slide Master command and check the master and slide layouts change the prompt text that appears in the placeholders.

Prompt text does not print or display in a slide show.

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