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PowerPoint (Master Slide) -- Insert Page # out of "Pages"

Posted on 2006-10-21
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This is an easy PowerPoint question... first let me make reference to MS-Word though.   In Word, it's very easy to insert >> "page number" out of "pages" in the document's footer... for instance, "1 out of 2".

Now, in my PowerPoint master slide, I only have the page number... but not the "... out of pages".   How can I insert the total (dynamic) number of slides into the master slides's textbox?

Thanks,
Tom
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Hi ExpExchHelp,

There isn't an easy way to do this in PowerPoint. To bad because this is a common request.

Here is a method that may work for you though.

In the Slide Master view, click on the Number area of the footer that contains the page number.
In the Number area box type in Page just left of the #
Resize the box and move it to the left of it's current position just enough to place another text box to the right.
In the new text box type in "of" and the number of that last slide.

At least this way half of the page numbering will be automatic. If the total number of pages change, you will have to manually change the footer in the master slide.

cheers,
frankco
 
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frankco,

thanks... knowing that there is no built-in solution DOES help... at least I won't continue searching for it now.  

And, yes, while I have to remember to make that manual change each time I'm adding/removing slides, it does do the trick.   Thanks for your help.

Tom
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