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Animation, audio, & video

Add and record audio

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Add and record audio, such as music, narration, or sound bites, to your PowerPoint presentation and select the playback options.

Add audio from your PC

  1. Select Insert > MediaAudio.

  2. Select Audio on My PC.

  3. In the Insert Audio dialog box, select the audio file you want to add.

  4. Select Insert.

Record audio

  1. Select Insert > Media > Audio.

  2. Select Record Audio.

  3. Type in a name for your audio file, select Record, and then speak.

    Important: Your device must have a microphone enabled in order to record audio.

  4. To review your recording, select Stop and then select Play.

  5. Select Record to re-record your clip, or select OK if you’re satisfied.

  6. To move your clip, select and drag the audio icon to where you want it on the slide.

    Note: If you’re using more than one audio file per slide, it’s advisable to put the audio icon in the same spot on a slide to find it easily.

  7. Select Play.

Change playback options

Select the audio icon and then select the Playback tab. Then select which options you'd like to use:

  • To trim the audio, select Trim and then use the red and green sliders to trim the audio file accordingly.

  • To fade in or fade out audio, change the number in the Fade Duration boxes.

  • To adjust volume, select Volume and select the setting you prefer.

  • To choose how the audio file starts, select the dropdown arrow and select an option:

    • In Click Sequence – Plays the audio file automatically with a click.

    • Automatically – Plays automatically once you advance to the slide that the audio file is on.

    • When Clicked On – Plays audio only when the icon is clicked on.

  • To choose how the audio plays in your presentation, select an option:

    • Play Across Slides – Plays one audio file across all slides.

    • Loop until Stopped – Plays an audio file on loop until it’s stopped manually by clicking the Play/Pause button.

  • To have the audio play continuously across all slides in the background, select Play in Background.

Delete audio

  • To delete audio, select the audio icon on the slide and press Delete.

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