You may want to add information to a specific slide in your PowerPoint presentation. Footnotes are a convenient way to do this. The note may contain a reference or citation to a source for the text in the main body. It may also contain important information you want to impart to your audience.
The footnote in your slide may have several points. To link each point to a specific text, it is customary to use numbering. You can place a reference number after a text in the main body. Place the same number in front of its related point in the footnote. Change the numbers in the main body to superscript type. This will avoid distraction while presenting.
We will show you how to:
- Add reference numbers
- Change the reference numbers to superscript type
- Add footnotes
Let us start.
Step #1: Open your presentation
Open your PowerPoint presentation.
Navigate to the slide where you want to add footnotes.
Step #2: Add reference numbers
Navigate to the first bullet point to which you want to add the first note.
Add a numerical 1 to the end of the bullet point.
Navigate to the second bullet point to which you want to add the second note
Add a numerical 2 to the end of the bullet point.
Likewise, add a number to the end of each bullet point for which you would like to add a note.
Step #3: Change the reference numbers to superscript type.
Select the first number you have added.
Click the Home tab on the top menu bar to change the ribbon.
In the Font section, click the small downward arrow on the bottom right-hand side.
In the Font dialog box that opens, click on the Font tab.
Under Effects, click on Superscript and make sure the checkbox on the left has a tick mark in it.
Click on Ok to exit the dialog box.
Repeat this step for all the reference numbers.
The reference numbers should all change to the superscript type.
Step #4: Add Footnotes
Click on the Insert tab on the top menu bar to change the ribbon.
In the section Text, click on Header & Footer.
In the Header & Footer dialog box that opens, click on the tab Slide.
Under Include on Slide, click on Footer, and ensure a tick mark appears in the box on the left.
In the message box under Footer, enter the note you want for point 1.
Click on Apply to close the dialog box.
PowerPoint places the footnote at the bottom of the slide with a reference number 1.
- Click on the footnote. A text box appears around it.
- Take the cursor to the end of the line, and hit Enter on your keyboard.
- The cursor moves to the next line.
- Enter the necessary notes for the second point.
- Hit Enter and write as many notes as necessary.
- Click anywhere outside the text box to exit.
- PowerPoint presents the footnotes at the bottom of the slide.
Follow our stepwise guide, and you can easily add a useful footnote to your presentation.