How to Footnote in Powerpoint

By Elle Smith

Footnotes–or footers–can be placed on PowerPoint slides to call out information, explain a bullet point or add a citation for resources used in the slide. When working on a presentation in "Normal" view in PowerPoint 2003, footers are treated like other non-editable text or pictures and are added to the master slide. In PowerPoint 2007, in "Normal" view, it is easy to override and edit the default text box specified for the footer. If you wish to add the same footnote to the entire presentation, using the "Slide Masters" option will insert footnotes on every slide so that you do not have to add them individually.

Add a Footnote to a Single Slide

Step 1

Open a new or existing PowerPoint presentation.

Step 2

Click on the slide to which you wish to add footnotes in the area where you want the footnote to appear. Select "Insert" from the menu, then scroll down to "Text Box" to add your desired footnote. Alternately, click on the existing footnote text box on the slide.

Step 3

Type your footnote's content. Format the text or edit to your preferences.

Add a Footnote to all Slides in a Presentation

Step 1

Open a new or existing PowerPoint presentation.

Step 2

Select "View" from the menu, scroll to "Master," then select "Slide Master."

Step 3

Select "Insert" from the menu, then scroll down to "Text Box." Alternatively, click on the existing footnote text box on the slide.

Step 4

Type or paste your text into the footnote text box and format the text as needed.