How to Create and Add Footnotes in PowerPoint

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Footnotes are ideal for providing additional information without taking up too much space. With a limited amount of space on each slide in PowerPoint, footnotes may be just what you need. Here’s how to add them to your next presentation.

Open PowerPoint and navigate to the slide where you want to insert a footnote. Next to the text that requires a footnote, insert a number or symbol.

Add a number next to the text

Now you need to insert the number or symbol you inserted as a footnote indicator in exponent. Highlight the character by clicking and dragging your mouse over it.

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highlighted text

In the “Font” group of the “Home” tab, select the “Dialog launcher”, which is the small icon located at the bottom right of the “Font” group.

pop up icon dialog

The “Font” window appears. Here, check the box next to “Exhibitor” in the “Effects” group. Click on the “OK” button to continue.

Transform text by exposing

The selected text now appears as superscript text.

exposed text

Now to add the actual footnote. In the “Text” tab of the “Insert” group, select the “Header and footer” option.

Header and footer icon

The “Header and footer” window appears. Check the box next to “Footer”, enter the number or symbol you used for the footnote indicator, and then enter the text of the footnote. When finished, select the “Apply” button.

Type Footnote in the footer menu

The footnote will now be inserted.

Example of a footnote

Repeat this process for each slide that requires a footnote.

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