Record your slide show in PowerPoint

If you have a sound card, microphone, and speakers, you can record your PowerPoint presentation and capture your voice narrations, slide timings, and ink and laser pointer gestures.

Record your slide show

  1. With your presentation open, on the Slide Show tab, click the Record Slide Show down arrow.

    Shows start recording button in PowerPoint

  2. Pick one:

    • Start Recording from Beginning

    • Start recording from Current Slide

    • Clear

    Caution   Clear is grayed out unless you have previously recorded some slides. Be careful when choosing Clear, as you can permanently delete your narrations or timings.

  3. In the Record Slide Show box, check or uncheck the boxes for your recording, and click Start Recording.

    Shows record slideshow dialog in PowerPoint

    Tips   More about these options:

    • Slide and animation timings: PowerPoint automatically records the time you spend on each slide, including the times of animation steps and the use of any triggers on each slide.

    • Narrations, ink, and laser pointer: Record your voice as you run through your presentation. If you use the pen, highlighter, eraser, or laser pointer, PowerPoint will record those for playback as well.

    Important: Pen, highlighter, and eraser recording are available only if you have the February 16, 2015 update for PowerPoint 2013 or a later version of PowerPoint installed. In earlier versions of PowerPoint, pen and highlighter strokes were saved as ink annotation shapes.

  4. At the top left corner of the slide, you can use the Recording toolbar to:

    Recording toolbar

    • Go to the next slide - Go to the next slide

    • Pause the recording - Pause recording

    • Re-record the current slide - Repeat

      Important   If you re-record your narration (including audio, ink, and laser pointer), PowerPoint will erase your previously recorded narration (including audio, ink, and laser pointer) before you start recording again on the same slide.

      You can also re-record by going to the Slide Show tab > Record Slide Show.

  5. To use ink, eraser, or the laser pointer in your recording, right-click the slide, click Pointer options, and pick your tool:

    • Laser Pointer

    • Pen

    • Highlighter

    • Eraser

    Shows pointer options menu in PowerPoint

    Notes:

    • Eraser is grayed out unless you have previously added ink to some slides.

    • To change the color of the ink, click Ink Color.

  6. To end your recording, right-click the final slide, and click End Show.

    Shows the end show option in PowerPoint

    Tips   When you finish recording your narration, a sound icon appears in the lower, right corner of your slides.

    The recorded slide show timing is automatically saved and the slide show appears in Slide Sorter view with timings beneath each slide.

    Sound icon

Preview the recorded slide show

On the Slide Show tab, click From Beginning or From Current Slide.

Note   During playback, your animations, inking actions, laser pointer, audio and video will play in sync.

Shows the "from beginning" button on the slide show tab in PowerPoint

Preview the audio narration

In Normal view, click the sound icon in the lower, right corner of the slide, and then click Play.

Click Play

Set the slide timings manually

PowerPoint will automatically record your slide timings when you add narrations or you can manually set the slide timings to accompany your narrations.

  1. In Normal view, click the slide that you want to set the timing for.

  2. On the Transitions tab, in the Timing group, under Advance Slide, select the After check box, and then enter the number of seconds that you want the slide to appear on the screen. Repeat the process for each slide that you want to set the timing for.

Tip   If you want the next slide to appear either when you click the mouse or automatically after the number of seconds that you enter — whichever comes first — select both the On Mouse Click and the After check boxes.

Turn your narrations, ink, and laser pointer off

After you've rehearsed your PowerPoint presentation and saved the narrations, audio, and ink and laser pointer for your slide show, those timings will be saved with your presentation. But you can turn them all off if you want to view the slide show without them.

On the Slide Show tab, uncheck the Play Narrations box.

Turn slide timings off

After you've rehearsed your PowerPoint presentation and saved the timings for your slide show, those timings will be saved with your presentation. But you can turn them off so the slides don't automatically advance without your pressing the button first.

On the Slide Show tab, uncheck the Use Timings box.

Related information

Turn your mouse into a laser pointer

Apply an animation effect to text or objects

Save your presentation as a video

Create a self-running presentation

Applies To: PowerPoint 2013, PowerPoint 2016 Preview



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