How to Add Audio to Your PowerPoint Presentation

When you developed a PowerPoint presentation, maybe you intend to play an audio on your presentation, on a button, or one or more slides. It is not so difficult to do so. It is possible for you to add audio, like music, narration, and sound bites, to your PowerPoint presentation. For this perpose, recording and hearing any audio, you need computer a sound card, microphone, and speakers on your computer.

There are different forms of having audio on your PowerPoint presentation:

  • Playing sound during slide presentation;
  • Playing a button place audio;
  • Playing sound on one slide;
  • Playing sound across multiple slides.

If you use Windows, there are several alternatives among several different sources that you can choose an audio from, these sources are: the built-in sound effects library, library, and your own files, also it is possible to record your own audio.
start with one of your PowerPoint presentation, beware that your presentation need to have a handful of slides, and also it is better that there is not any transition or animation applied to your presentation. You also need to have some sound files in order to use in your PowerPoint presentation, and also some music proper for background which lasts a few minutes.

How to Play a Sound During Slide Transition

To do this job, to play a sound during a slide transition, you just need some few clicks, but there is a point about it, and the point is that you need to make sure that the sound is not distracting or annoying to your audience.

For adding sound to a slide transition in PowerPoint presentation, go to the tab named “Transitions” on the ribbon, then apply a transition, and then click on the drop-down for “Sound”, and choose your intended one. You can also go to “Other Sound” at the bottom of the list, instead of choosing any of the built-in sounds on the right side of the ribbon If you want to use your own file, beware that it should be in WAV format.

Choose “Apply to All” in order to apply your transition and also the sound effect to all slides of your presentation. to apply a sound to your transition which is on the right side of the ribbon bar in the Transitions tab, you need to click on “Slide Show” button and run the presentation, you can do so by F5 button. Whenever you decide not to play the sound on transition, you can choose the Sound drop-down, and then click on “No Sound”. After that do not forget to choose “Apply to All”.

How to Play a Sound During an Animation

For this purpose firstly, you need to apply an animation, then you need to attach a sound to it. Go to the “Animations” tab on the ribbon, then click on the title of the slide and choose an animation from the list. Do the same job for the bullet text. Beware about number next to each line of text which indicates its animation order.

In Windows, you need to click on the “Animation Pane” button which is on the ribbon in order to display the animation pane. Any numbers in the pane corresponds to a number on the slide; if you click the “Down Arrow” you can see them all.

Now right-click on the “Content Placeholder”, after that choose “Effect Options” from the pop-up menu. Then click the “Sound” drop-down list and choose a sound from the list, or click on the “Other Sound” at the bottom, then choose “Bullet Item Sound” which will be explained later on. For tuning in the volume, choose the “Speaker” icon and click OK when it finished. Click on the “Down Arrow” of an item in the “Animation Pane” (you can also right-click on it) in order to display the dialog that helps you add sounds to an animated object. For running this slide clicks the Slide Show button.

Attaching a Sound to an Action Button

There are some Action Buttons in PowerPoint and you can place them on slides, these buttons also can be used to play sounds. These buttons can be used for several actions like linking to another page, navigating through the presentation, running and starting programs. Though these buttons have several different icons, all of them can be used for the same purposes.

Go to a Slide of your PowerPoint presentation, then choose the “Home” tab on the ribbon bar, then go to the “Insert” tab, click the “Down Arrow” on the “Shapes” icon. For inserting Action Buttons, you need to choose them from “Shapes” drop-down list. When your mouse switches to a cross hair, drag in the lower-right corner of your slide to place the button on. If you want to keep the width and height of the shape in proportion while dragging, you can hold the “Shift” key.

When you are finished with dragging, a dialog box will appear. The default is to hyperlink it to the first slide and it is proper. Click the check box “Play Sound”, and choose a sound from the list, or choose Other Sound at the bottom.

Repeat this process in order to insert the “Left Arrow” and “Right Arrow” buttons. The Left Arrow links your slide to the previous slide automatically then you can attach the Previous Slide sound, and the Right Arrow links to the next slide automatically, then you can attach the Next Slide sound.

Now you can place the button on the other slides of your presentation. Make sure that you have selected all of them, and then copy them to the clipboard. Go to other slides, then paste. When pasting the buttons, PowerPoint places the buttons in the same location.

How to Play Audio in the Background of your Presentation

With PowerPoint you also can play audio in the background of one slide, or across several slides.

You need to insert audio, to do so choose the “Insert” tab on the ribbon and choose the “Audio” button. If you use Office 2013 for your Windows, it is possible for you to insert audio clips from your computer,, or even to record audio clips.

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