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How to Add Audio to PowerPoint Presentations

Posted on: May, 2021 By: Kara Jones

Although pictures may be worth a thousand words, music can evoke as much or more emotion. In PowerPoint, audiences are taken on a journey with narration, music, and sound effects. In order to achieve a smooth experience, however, presenters need to know what sounds to use, and when. This tutorial will address add audio to PowerPoint presentations. It will be up to you to figure out when and how much to use to get the biggest results.

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How to add music to presentations

We’ll start with the simple task of adding a music file to PowerPoint. To add a music file to PowerPoint, click on the “Insert” button at the top of your screen.

An image showing the insert options inside the PowerPoint ribbon.

Next, look to the far right side of the ribbon and you will notice a “Media” section including audio and video options. Click on the “Audio” choice and see the dropdown items that appear.

An image showing how to select the add audio option in PowerPoint.

In order to insert music, click on “Audio on my PC”. This will launch an explorer window for you to locate the music files you wish to add. Simply select the music track you’d like to add and click “Insert”. The music track will insert into your current slide with a speaker icon and a play bar below it.

A media player with a audio icon selected.

Finally, you can now modify the audio format and playback options for your music file. We’ll get into that more after we address the audio type “Recordings”.

Adding audio recordings to PowerPoint

A image displaying the option to add audio recording to PowerPoint.

When looking at how to add audio to PowerPoint presentations, you have the option to record your own voice in real-time. Adding recorded sound is achieved through the same menu as adding music or sound effects. What makes it different is that PowerPoint gives you the ability to record on the fly. Once your recording is complete, the file will be embedded into the presentation so it can be accessed at any time.

You can also right-click on the speaker icon once you’ve completed your recording and select “Save Media As…” This will allow you to save your recording to use in other applications.

Finally, adding sound effects to your presentation and videos is an easy way to add a small “pop” of effect for your audience. To add a sound effect, simply follow the same process as adding a music file. Click “Insert” on the ribbon tab, followed by “Audio” and “Audio on my PC”. Set the timing on the sound effect to launch at the same time as an object in your presentation to put it over the top.

Make sure to check out our PowerPoint Templates which are preloaded with visual effects and animations, perfect to pair with your music, narration or sound effects.


Watch this video showing the processes of adding audio to your presentations.


How Can Adding Audio to PowerPoint Make Your Presentations Better?

Adding audio to PowerPoint presentations can significantly enhance the overall effectiveness of the presentation. By incorporating audio elements such as narration, background music, or sound effects, presenters can create a more engaging and immersive experience for their audience.

Narration allows presenters to guide viewers through each slide, providing context, explanation, and emphasis where needed, which can clarify complex concepts and keep the audience focused. Background music can set the tone, evoke emotions, and maintain interest throughout the presentation, while strategically placed sound effects can punctuate key points or transitions, adding emphasis and dynamism. Overall, integrating audio into PowerPoint presentations transforms them from static displays of information into dynamic multimedia experiences, fostering better understanding, retention, and engagement among the audience.


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By: Kara Jones
Kara is highly creative and forward thinker. She has a wonderful Husband and a beautiful son. She and her husband enjoy playing with their son and also enjoy diving into a good video game.

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Ruti, We hope adding audio adds a new level of engagement to your presentations.

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