Add audio to your PowerPoint presentation

You can add audio, such as music, narration, or sound bites, to your PowerPoint presentation. To record and hear any audio, your computer must be equipped with a sound card, microphone, and speakers.

Notes: 

What would you like to do?

  1. In Normal view, click the slide that you want to add a sound to.

  2. (PowerPoint 2016) On the Recording tab, in the Insert group, click the arrow under Auto-play Audio.

    (PowerPoint 2013) On the Insert tab, in the Media group, click the arrow under Audio.

  3. Do one of the following:

    • To add a sound from your computer or a network share, click Audio on My PC, locate and select the audio clip that you want, and then click Insert.

    • To record and add your own audio, click Record Sound (in PowerPoint 2016) or Record Audio (in PowerPoint 2013), and in the Record Sound box, click the Record button PowerPoint Record Sound Button to begin speaking or playing your own audio.

    The audio icon and controls appear on the slide.

    The audio icon and controls

  4. In Normal view or Slide Show view, click the icon and click Play to play the music or other sound.

  1. On the slide, select the audio clip icon Audio clip icon .

  2. Under Audio Tools, on the Playback tab, in the Audio Options group, do one of the following:

    • To start the audio clip automatically when you show the slide, in the Start list, click Automatically.

    • To manually start the audio clip when you click it on the slide, in the Start list, do the following.

      • (PowerPoint 2016) Select When Clicked.

      • (PowerPoint 2013) Select On Click.

    • To play an audio clip as you click through the slides in your presentation, select Play Across Slides.

    • To play an audio clip continuously until you stop it, select Loop until Stopped.

      Note: When you loop a sound, it plays continuously until you advance to the next slide.

  • On the slide, select the audio icon, and then click the Play/Pause button beneath the audio icon.

    Play your audio clip

Important: Use this option only if you set the audio clip to play automatically, or if you created some other kind of control, such as a trigger, to click to play the clip. (A trigger is something on your slide, such as a picture, shape, button, paragraph of text, or text box, that can set off an action when you click it.) Note that the audio icon is always visible unless you drag it off the slide.

  1. Click the audio clip icon Audio clip icon .

  2. Under Audio Tools, on the Playback tab, in the Audio Options group, select the Hide During Show check box.

What would you like to do?

  1. In Normal view, click the slide that you want to add a sound to.

  2. On the Insert tab, in the Media group, click the arrow under Audio.

    The Audio menu

  3. Do one of the following:

    • To add a sound from your computer or a network share, click Audio from File, locate the folder that contains the file, and then double-click the file that you want to add.

    • To add a sound from clip art, click Clip Art Audio, locate the audio clip that you want in the Clip Art task pane, and then click to add it to the slide.

    • To record and add your own audio, click Record Audio, and in the Record Sound box, click the Record button PowerPoint Record Sound Button to begin speaking or playing your own audio.

    The audio icon and controls appear on the slide.

    The audio icon and controls

  4. In Normal view or Slide Show view, click the icon and click Play to play the music or other sound.

  1. On the slide, select the audio clip icon Audio clip icon .

  2. Under Audio Tools, on the Playback tab, in the Audio Options group, do one of the following:

    • To start the audio clip automatically when you show the slide, in the Start list, click Automatically.

    • To manually start the audio clip when you click it on the slide, in the Start list, click On Click.

    • To play an audio clip as you click through the slides in your presentation, in the Start list, click Play across slides.

    • To play an audio clip continuously until you stop it, select the Loop until Stopped check box.

      Note: When you loop a sound, it plays continuously until you advance to the next slide.

  • On the slide, click the Play/Pause button beneath the audio icon.

    Play your audio clip

Important: Use this option only if you set the audio clip to play automatically, or if you created some other kind of control, such as a trigger, to click to play the clip. (A trigger is something on your slide, such as a picture, shape, button, paragraph of text, or text box, that can set off an action when you click it.) Note that the audio icon is always visible unless you drag it off the slide.

  1. Click the audio clip icon Audio clip icon .

  2. Under Audio Tools, on the Playback tab, in the Audio Options group, select the Hide During Show check box.

What would you like to do?

  1. In Normal view, click the slide that you want to add a sound to.

  2. On the Insert tab, in the Media Clips group, click the arrow under Sound.

    The Sound menu

  3. Do one of the following:

    • To add a sound from your computer or a network share, click Sound from File, locate the folder that contains the file, and then double-click the file that you want to add.

    • To add a sound from clip art, click Sound from Clip Organizer, locate the audio clip that you want in the Clip Art task pane, and then click to add it to the slide.

    • To play a sound from a CD running on your computer, click Play CD Audio Track, select starting and ending times and any other play options, and click OK.

    • To record and add your own audio, click Record Sound, and in the dialog box, click the Record button PowerPoint Record Sound Button to begin speaking or playing your own audio.

    The audio Icon image icon appears on the slide.

  1. On the slide, select the sound icon Icon image .

  2. Under Sound Tools, on the Options tab, in the Sound Options group, do one of the following:

    • To start the audio clip automatically when you show the slide, in the Play Sound list, click Automatically.

    • To manually start the audio clip when you click it on the slide, in the Play Sound list, click When Clicked.

    • To play an audio clip as you click through the slides in your presentation, in the Play Sound list, click Play across slides.

    • To play an audio clip continuously until you stop it, select Loop Until Stopped.

      Note: When you loop a sound, it plays continuously until you advance to the next slide.

To repeat a sound until you stop it, or to play it for the duration of a presentation, you need to specify the stop options.

  1. To adjust the settings for when the sound file stops, on the Animations tab, in the Animations group, click Custom Animation.

    Animations tab image

  2. In the Custom Animation task pane, click the arrow to the right of the selected sound in the Custom Animation list, and then click Effect Options.

  3. On the Effect tab, under Stop playing, do one of the following:

    • To stop the sound file with one mouse-click on the slide, click On click.

    • To stop the sound file after this slide, click After current slide.

    • To play the sound file for several slides, click After, and then set the total number of slides on which the file should play.

      Note: For the last two options above, the sound should be as long as the specified display of the slides. You can see the length of the sound file on the Sound Settings tab, under Information.

  • On the slide, double-click the sound icon Icon image .

Important:  Use this option only if you set the sound to play automatically, or if you created some other kind of control, such as a trigger, to click to play the sound. (A trigger is something on your slide, such as a picture, shape, button, paragraph of text, or text box, that sets off an action when you click it.) Note that the sound icon is always visible in Normal view unless you drag it off the slide.

  1. Click the sound icon Icon image .

  2. Under Sound Tools, on the Options tab, in the Sound Options group, select the Hide During Show check box.

See also

Add audio to your slide show in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

Play music for the duration of your slide show

Video and audio file formats supported in PowerPoint

Play music or other sounds automatically when a slide appears

Trim a sound clip

Delete a sound clip

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