Add audio to your presentation

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

Note:  To record and add narration and timings to your PowerPoint 2016 or PowerPoint 2013 presentation, see Record your slide show in PowerPoint. For PowerPoint 2010, see Record a slide show with narration, ink, and slide timings.

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About adding audio

Add audio

Preview an audio clip

About adding audio

When you add audio to a slide, an audio icon Audio appears on the slide. As with any audio, you can either click the icon to play the sound or set the sound to play automatically.

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Add audio

  1. Click the slide to which you want to add audio.

  2. On the Insert tab, in the Media group, click the arrow under Audio. (In PowerPoint 2007, click the arrow under Sound.)

  3. Do one of the following:

    To add an audio file stored on your computer:

    1. In PowerPoint 2016 and PowerPoint 2013, click Audio on My PC.

      In PowerPoint 2010, click Audio from File.

      In PowerPoint 2007, click Sound from File.

    2. Locate the folder that contains the audio file, and then double-click the file that you want to add.

    To add an audio clip from clip art in PowerPoint 2010 or PowerPoint 2007:

    1. In PowerPoint 2010, click Clip Art Audio.

      In PowerPoint 2007, click Sound from Clip Organizer.

    2. Locate the audio clip that you want in the Clip Art task pane, click the arrow beside the audio file, and then click Insert.

    To record and add your own audio:

    1. In PowerPoint 2016, PowerPoint 2013, and PowerPoint 2010, click Record Audio.

      In PowerPoint 2007, click Record Sound.

    2. In the Record Sound box, click Record PowerPoint Record Sound Button and begin speaking or playing your own audio.

      PowerPoint Record Sound Box

    3. Click Stop PowerPoint Stop Recording Button when you're finished.

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Preview an audio clip

  • On the slide, click the Play/Pause button beneath the audio icon Audio . (In PowerPoint 2007, double-click the audio icon.)

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