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How to Insert a Footnote in a PowerPoint Presentation in 60 Seconds

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Posted 3 years ago on December 22nd, 2018. Last modified on September 27th, 2019

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Footnotes in PowerPoint are always useful for adding attribution or a source to the facts. I'll show you how to add footnotes in PowerPoint in this quick lesson.

1. Add a Footnote Annotation in PowerPoint

In a simple bulleted list let's add the PowerPoint footnote annotation that helps us attribute a fact. I'll type a number like 1 after the sentence, highlight it, and then click on the arrow just below the Font section of the menu.

Find this option that says Superscript, tick it, and then press OK. Using SuperScript text puts your PowerPoint footnote in the style that is commonly used for annotations.

2. Insert a Footnote in PowerPoint

Now below this I'll go ahead and add the PowerPoint footnote itself by inserting a new text box at the bottom.

Let's go ahead and type the number 1 and then the source of the attribution, which is basically the note at the bottom that explains it.

3. Apply Superscript Font to a Footnote

Then, let's highlight it and go back up and apply the same Superscript option to the text so that it's clear that this is the reference. Now the audience knows the source of the fact and can look up any details, especially if you send the PowerPoint slides after the fact.

Finishing Up!

You could add more annotations and more references at the bottom by just incrementing the number like 2 for the second annotation and 3 for the third, for example.

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