Powerpoint slide numbering - start on page 3 as page number 1

Posted on 2006-03-30
Last Modified: 2007-12-19

I have a PowerPoint presentation where I want the page numbering to start on page 3, but not as no. 3 but no. 1. Is this possible?

Question by:salibes
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    Accepted Solution

    Hello salibes,

    That question was answered by Luigi Canali De Rossi with pictures here
    1. Create a separate presentation for the first two slides
    2. Another one containing the rest of the presentation
    3. Turn off the slide numbering on the first PowerPoint presentation
    4. Do this by opening your presentation and going to the Master Slide
    5. Delete the hash mark that is placed by default at the bottom right of the Master Slide
    6. The hash mark is a hidden code that generates the page number automatically
    7. By using the appropriate Action Setting on the last slide of the first presentation link the last slide to the second presentation
    8. In the second presentation set slide numbering turned on as by default

    hope this helps a bit

    Author Comment

    I had found that site, but I am looking to accomplish this without having two seperate presentations
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    Expert Comment

    no not as it is, you can turn it off as described with removing the hash in the masterslide

    1. next you would need to renumber it by hand, adding the page numbers manually in a shape
    2. or write a macro to do that its not built in and maybe just as much work as the method above
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    Expert Comment

    Another work around is to insert two black / blank pages in front of the title page. I just would place a big black drawing box around the slide. That way these two slides number 1 & 2, and your title slide will be no. 3.

    Then, set slide transistions on slides 1 & 2 to Advance automatically after 0 seconds.

    When you run the show you will barely see the lag difference!
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    Expert Comment

    Alternatively, this would do in a pinch: make slide #3 your first slide, and number your presentation normally; then, create "slide 1" and "slide 2" as separate graphics that complete cover "slide 3."  Slide transitions can first get rid of "slide 1" and then "slide 2", revealing "slide 3" underneath, still labelled with a "1"  for its slide number.

    Works most easily, of course, if "slide 1" and "slide 2" are fairly static, like title slides.

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