About this lesson
Insert sound on your slides so that your presentation can play music, narration or other sound effects.
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Inserting audio into a slide.
When to use
To add sound associated with an animation, a slide transition, or to play on its own.
- On the Insert tab, in the Media group, click the Audio drop-down arrow, and then click either:
- Audio on My PC, or
- Record Audio.
- Click within the search bar, type in a search term, and either press Enter on the keyboard or click the search icon.
- Select an audio icon, and click Insert.
Audio on your computer
- Browse to the appropriate audio file on your computer, select it, and click either:
- to insert the file, or
- The Insert drop-down arrow and select Link to File. Note that if you link to the audio file, the audio file must be distributed with the presentation or the audio won’t play.
In this version of PowerPoint, audio is embedded into the presentation by default.
When you insert audio into a presentation, PowerPoint will set it to play when clicked.
- On the Insert tab, select Audio > Record Audio.
- Choose a name for the recording, and hit Record (red circle).
- When you have finished recording, hit the Stop button (blue square).
- Your audio is now inserted into your presentation. Click the play button to play it.
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