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Audio in PowerPoint

How to Add Audio to PowerPoint Slides

You can add sound clips to a slide to emphasize a point or add some background audio to set a mood. However, make sure you don't go overboard because audio can be distracting.

Add Audio to a Slide

  1. Click the Insert tab on the ribbon.
  2. If necessary, click to expand the Media group.
  3. Click Audio.
  4. Select Audio on My PC.
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  5. Navigate to and select a sound clip.
  6. Click Insert.
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    A sound icon appears on the slide and Audio Tools tabs appear on the ribbon where you can adjust the audio.

  7. Click Play to test your audio.
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Record Audio

If you need a very specific sound that you can't find online or that isn’t already saved to your computer, you can record a sound yourself instead.

  1. Click the Insert tab on the ribbon.
  2. Click to expand the Media group.
  3. Click Audio.
  4. Select Record Audio.
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  5. Click Record.
  6. Record your audio.
  7. Click the Stop button.
  8. Click OK to save it.
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Audio Options

  1. Select the audio clip.
  2. Click the Playback tab.
  3. Expand the Audio Options group.
  4. Click the Volume button.
  5. Select a volume option.
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  6. Click the Start list arrow and select an option.
    • Automatically: Audio begins when you enter the slide.
    • On Click: Audio is paused until you click the mouse.
  7. Use the check boxes in the Audio Options group to adjust any other settings.
    • Play Across Slides: The audio will continue to play as you switch to the next slides.
    • Loop until Stopped: The audio will replay in a loop while you remain on this slide during the presentation.
    • Hide During Show: The audio icon will be hidden during the presentation.
    • Rewind after Playing: The audio will play once and then automatically rewind.
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There are additional useful options on the Playback tab, such as setting the audio to fade in or out, trimming the audio down, or inserting a bookmark.

To remove audio, just select the sound icon and press the Delete key on your keyboard.

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