Why can't I select and change the text in the footer?

Problem: You're unable to select and change the text in the footer at the bottom of your slides.

Solution: If the text you want to edit is truly in a footer, you should be able to edit it by going to the Insert tab and then clicking Header & Footer. For the full procedure, see: Add a footer to your slides.

Another possibility is the text you see at the bottom of the slide isn't really a footer, but a random text box. This is text that is most likely on either the slide master or one of the accompanying slide layouts. To delete or change the text, do the following:

  1. On the View tab, click Slide Master.

    On the View tab, click Slide Master

  2. At the top of the thumbnail pane, check the slide master for the text.

    Slide Master thumbnail in Slide Master View

    If the slide master doesn't contain the text, check the accompanying slide layouts below it in the thumbnail pane.

  3. Select the text and change or delete it.

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