How to Remove Page Numbers from a PowerPoint

By Filonia LeChat

Making sure your employees and customers follow the right path through your Microsoft PowerPoint presentation is essential, but sometimes information gets changed or rearranged. If you’ve applied page numbers to your slides, this could result in a mix-up, but it doesn’t have to. Removing page numbers is a way to ensure you’ve got the ability to shuffle your slide deck without any confusion. PowerPoint’s options for removing page numbers depend on how you applied them when you set up the presentation.

Slide by Slide

Click the slide with the page number to delete.

Click the Insert tab, then click the “Slide Number” button on the ribbon.

Uncheck the “Slide number” box on the Header and Footer window.

Click the “Apply” button to remove the page number on the current slide or the “Apply to All” button to remove all page numbers.

Slide Master

Click the View tab, then click the “Slide Master” button on the ribbon.

Click the page number text box, which is by default on the bottom right of the slide, and press the “Delete” key on the keyboard. Note that this will remove all page numbers that the slide master applies to the slides. It will not affect individual page numbers placed in text boxes on the slides outside the master slide view.

Scroll through the slide deck to confirm that the numbers are deleted.


The other way a page number may appear on a slide is if you hand-typed it, by inserting a text box and simply typing a number. This isn’t automated by PowerPoint in any way, so if you had reordered the slides, you would have had to reorder the page numbers as well. Treat these page numbers as you would any text box. To remove them, simply click the text box’s border and press the “Delete” key.