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MS Power Point: How to Update Date in Footer

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I'm not seeing the option to update the date that's in the footer of all slides in my slide deck. Please see attached screen grab and advise. Thanks! MS Office 2013.
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Choose Insert | Header and Footer. Update the date automatically or manually there.
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by:amigan_99
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I found what you mention. But oddly when I am choosing Update Automatically it's not taking.
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It may be that they simply typed the date into a textbox on the slide master or layout. Go to View | Slide Master and see if the master (big thumbnail) or layouts (little thumbnails) have a textbox on them that you can type another date into.
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by:Echo_S
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Darnit, hit Send too soon.

Alternatively, you will need to be on a slide that has the date on it. For example, if your title slide is set up not to show the date (like maybe it has no date placeholder on the title slide layout), and you are on a title slide when you go to the Header and Footer box, then sometimes it won't take. In that case go to slide 2, where you do see the old date, and try Insert | Header and Footer there.

This might also give you some ideas: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/office/forum/office_2010-powerpoint/why-cant-i-get-my-slide-numbers-to-show/d667be45-c003-430b-b1dc-ac5902965792
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The Edit Master seemed like a great idea. The page number was then clickable and editable. Pg ‹#›
However the date Sep-14 did not respond to clicks - like it's a static part of the background. Argh. :-)
Thanks so much for the ideas.
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I also tried Insert/Head and Footer. As I mentioned putting in automatic date yielded nothing. So I tried entering random Fixed Text. But no go! It's the most stubborn bit of text in history. :-)
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A bit of progress. I found that if I clicked Hide Background Graphics while in Slide Master that finally that date went away. Soo..how do I edit that background graphic??
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Honestly? I would fill a rectangle with white, type the date in it, and cover up the existing date.

otherwise you might have to create a new background. One way you could do that is to extracte the existing background, edit it it a photo editor, and then fill the background with the new image. I think covering up the existing date would be easier.
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Ok thanks for all the help.
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by:Alis Nikol
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thanks, I was facing the same problem while placing the date for my new article which I have written for my website (http://www.mobilepundits.com/) and got the answer in your conversation. Thanks to expert exchange.
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