How to Add Audio to a Powerpoint Presentation

Inserting or recording audio can help to the impact of a . Here’s how to do it.

Adding different forms of media to a PowerPoint presentation can make it more engaging for your audience, as well as appealing to different learning types. Recently I showed you how to add a video to your Powerpoint presentation and today I’m going to explain how to insert audio. Whether it’s part of a speech or a piece of music, adding audio can really help keep your audience engaged in your presentation.

You can add an external audio file, or record your own audio in PowerPoint itself. Here’s how to do it.

Recording Audio in PowerPoint

If you want to add audio to your PowerPoint presentation, but don’t have an external file to insert, you can record it yourself. This requires a microphone connected to your PC to allow you to record your voice or any other sounds.

To record your own audio, open your PowerPoint presentation and select a slide. Click Insert > Audio > Record Audio to begin recording.

In the Record Sound window, provide a name for your recorded audio in the Name box.

When you’re ready to begin recording, press the record button.

Once you’ve finished recording, press the stop button. You can play the recorded audio by pressing the play button.

Press OK to insert the recorded audio file into your PowerPoint presentation. The audio file will appear as a small speaker icon.

Selecting the file during editing will display the playback controls for the file. Hover over this icon during a live presentation to view these controls instead.

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