Fixing PowerPoint Footer Display Issues

Welcome to our tutorial on displaying and fixing slide footers, dates, and slide numbers in PowerPoint presentations. Whether you’re using templates or customized presentations, it’s essential to ensure your content appears where it should. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the process of navigating the View tab, Slide Master, and Insert options to bring back missing footer information and create polished, professional PowerPoint presentations.

Video Overview

Getting Started: Accessing the Slide Master

First and foremost, we need to access the Slide Master in PowerPoint. The Slide Master allows you to make universal changes to your presentation, affecting all slides at once. This is especially helpful when working with footers, dates, and slide numbers, as these elements typically appear consistently throughout your presentation.

To access the Slide Master, follow these steps:

  1. Open your PowerPoint presentation.
  2. Click on the “View” tab in the top menu.
  3. In the “Master Views” group, click on “Slide Master.”

Now you should see the Slide Master view, where you can edit and customize the master slide and its corresponding layouts.

Fixing Missing Footer Information

Sometimes, when working with PowerPoint templates or customized presentations, the footer information, such as the date, footer text, and slide number, may not appear as expected. To fix this issue, we’ll need to make adjustments within the Slide Master view.

First, let’s locate the footer elements on the master slide:

  1. In the Slide Master view, look for the slide with a larger thumbnail in the left pane. This is the master slide.
  2. On the master slide, you should see placeholders for the date, footer text, and slide number at the bottom of the slide.

If these elements are missing, follow these steps to add them back:

  1. With the master slide selected, click on the “Insert” tab in the top menu.
  2. In the “Text” group, click on “Header & Footer.”
  3. In the “Header and Footer” dialog box, check the boxes for “Slide number” and “Footer” (you may also check “Date and time” if you’d like that to appear).
  4. Click “Apply to All” to apply the changes to your entire presentation.

Now your footer information should be visible on all slides in your presentation. If you still don’t see the footer elements, make sure they are not hidden behind other content on the slides or covered by the slide background.

Customizing Footer Information

You may want to customize the footer information to suit your presentation’s needs. For example, you might want to include your company name, presentation title, or a specific date in the footer.

To customize the footer information, follow these steps:

  1. In the Slide Master view, select the master slide.
  2. Click on the footer text placeholder and type your desired text.
  3. If you want to include a custom date, click on the date placeholder, and type the desired date.
  4. To format the text, use the tools available in the “Home” tab, such as font, size, and color.

Keep in mind that any changes you make to the footer information on the master slide will apply to all slides in your presentation.

Returning to Normal View and Saving Your Presentation

Once you’ve made the necessary adjustments to your footer information, it’s time to return to the normal view and save your presentation.

To return to the normal view, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the “Slide Master” tab in the top menu (if you’re not already there).
  2. In the “Close” group, click on “Close Master View.”

Your presentation should now display the updated footer information on

all slides. Don’t forget to save your presentation by clicking on “File” in the top menu and then selecting “Save” or “Save As” to choose a location and file name for your PowerPoint file.

Common Issues and Troubleshooting

In some cases, you might still encounter issues with footer information not appearing correctly or consistently throughout your presentation. Here are some common issues and their solutions:

  1. Footer information not appearing on specific slide layouts: If you notice that the footer information appears on some slides but not others, it’s likely that those slides are using a different layout. To fix this, access the Slide Master view and ensure that the footer information is correctly set up on all the relevant slide layouts.
  2. Footer information hidden behind other content or slide background: Make sure that the footer placeholders are positioned correctly and are not obstructed by other elements on the slide. You can adjust the position and size of the placeholders in the Slide Master view.
  3. Different formatting for footer information on specific slides: If you’ve applied custom formatting to the footer information on individual slides, these changes will override the formatting set in the Slide Master. To ensure consistent formatting throughout your presentation, apply your desired formatting to the footer information in the Slide Master view.
  4. Inconsistent date formats across slides: To ensure a consistent date format throughout your presentation, set the date format in the Slide Master view. Click on the date placeholder, then click on the “Insert” tab, and select “Date & Time.” Choose your desired format and click “Apply to All.”


Displaying and fixing footer information in PowerPoint presentations is a crucial step in ensuring a polished, professional appearance. By following this step-by-step tutorial, you can effortlessly access the Slide Master, adjust and customize footer information, and troubleshoot common issues. With these skills in hand, you’ll be well on your way to creating impressive PowerPoint presentations that effectively communicate your message and leave a lasting impression on your audience.