Inserting Audio

Use audio in PowerPoint presentations, from background music to sound effects. Learn all about the PowerPoint audio feature here.

Inserting audio

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Have you ever watched a PowerPoint presentation that seemed to narrate itself? Or have you seen a slide show that featured applause when the last slide was reached? If so, you've heard examples of how audio can be applied to slide shows. PowerPoint allows you to insert audio files from your computer, or you can search the Clip Art Studio to find the audio you need. Once you've inserted audio, you can then edit it.

Optional: You can download this example for extra practice.

To insert audio from a file on your computer:

  1. From the Insert tab, click the Audio drop-down arrow and select Audio from File.
    Inserting an audio fileInserting an audio file
  2. Locate and select the desired audio file, then click Insert.
    The Insert Audio dialog boxThe Insert Audio dialog box
  3. The audio file will be added to the slide.
    The inserted audioThe inserted audio