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I'd like to have the current year appear on the footer of my slides.

I've been doing this by manually typing the year, but every year, I need to update all my slides. Can I insert the year automatically, just like I can insert the date and have it update automatically?

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Perhaps you can add an automatically updated date via the Insert tab, then hide the date and month using an opaque rectangle, leaving only the year? I don't know of any other way to specify a custom date format in PowerPoint, and VBA is an ugly solution for this (especially since you'd need a hack to make the PPT auto-execute the macro when the file is opened or slideshow is run). – Karan Jan 15 '13 at 22:29
@Karan: That was exactly the solution I first thought. But I still asked, as I assumed this would be a rather common need. Guess I'll have to hide the Month/Day. – John Assymptoth Jan 15 '13 at 22:44

Try this answer. May be that will help you. Here is another similar answer.

You can get this change system-wide through Windows Control Panel, launch "Regional and Language Options", click "Customize this format...", select "Date" tab, and type out "d.M.yy" in "Short date" area, click OK. This should get you 19.06.07 date format in PowerPoint as well.

In your case you can try "yyyy" for your short date.

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This doesn't really help me, as I will pass the document around and changing my whole OS date format is not something I'd like to do. – John Assymptoth Jan 15 '13 at 2:38

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