Inserting Audio

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

Recording your own audio

Sometimes you may want to record audio directly into a presentation, like if you want the presentation to include narration. Before you begin, make sure you have a microphone that's compatible with your computer; many computers have built-in microphones or ones that can be plugged in to the computer.

To record audio:

  1. From the Insert tab, click the Audio drop-down arrow and select Record Audio.
    Recording AudioRecording Audio
  2. Type a name for the audio recording if you want.
    Typing a name for the recordingTyping a name for the recording
  3. Click the red Record button to start recording.
    Clicking the Record buttonClicking the Record button
  4. When you're finished recording, click the Stop button.
    Stopping the recordingStopping the recording
  5. To preview your recording, click the Play button.
    Previewing the recordingPreviewing the recording
  6. When you're done, click OK. The audio file will be inserted into the slide.
    The recording is added to the slideThe recording is added to the slide