Start Slide Number from 31

Created: Friday, December 15, 2006, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 5:23 am

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Someone asked me this question today:

When you put in the auto number thing so that you can see what slide number you are on, can you start that at any number?

Yes, you can! Let me start by showing how you can put in the slide number first. These instructions are for PowerPoint 2003 but should work in previous versions, although things work a little differently in PowerPoint 2007.

  1. Choose the View | Header and Footer option to summon the dialog box that you can see in Figure 1.

    Figure 1: Opt to show slide numbers

  2. Check the option that says Slide number, and click Apply to All to view slide numbers on all slides.

Now, let us assume you want the slide number to start from 31 instead of 1 — why would you want to do that? There are several reasons, but most of the time, you might want to break up your presentation into 2 or more smaller presentations, and you then want the slide numbers to start from a number other than 1.

Here’s how you can do so:

  1. Choose the File | Page Setup option.
  2. In the resulting dialog box that you can see in Figure 2, choose the Number slides from “n” option, where “n” is your starting slide number.

    Figure 2: Renumber your slides from a number other than 1.
  3. Click the OK button.

Tip: You can also renumber your slides from “0”, this means your second slide will be numbered “1”.

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