How to Change the Footnote on PowerPoint

By Avery Martin

The indispensable business presentation software PowerPoint provides an option to include footnotes on each slide. While these footnotes may be useful, sometimes you need to change them to better reflect the material in the presentation. This provides a more cohesive presentation and helps to organize the slide show in a way that makes sense to you. Change the header and footer on the slide show or on your handouts and notes.

Click the "View" menu and select "Normal View."

Click the "Outline" tab. Select the side of the slide with the information you want to change.

Click the "Insert" tab and then select "Header and Footer" from the Text group.

Click the "Slide" tab and then select any options you want for the footer to change information on the slide show. To change information on the Notes and Handouts, select the "Notes and Handouts" tab.

Click the "Apply to All" button to apply the changes to all slides, or the "Apply" button to apply the changes to the selected slide only.


When modifying the date and time, you can choose whether it is updated automatically or fixed.

Include the slide number by checking the "Slide Number" check box.

Check the "Footer" check box and enter footer text into the text area if you want custom text to appear.

Click the "Don't Show on Title Slide" to prevent the information selected from appearing on the first slide.