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. For example, you might want the presentation to include narration. Before you begin, make sure you have a microphone that is 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, then select Record Audio.
    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Clicking Record Audio
  2. Type a name for the audio recording, if desired.
    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Renaming the audio recording
  3. Click the Record button to start recording.
    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Clicking the Record button
  4. When you're finished recording, click the Stop button.
    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Clicking the Stop button
  5. To preview your recording, click the Play button.
    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Previewing the recording
  6. When you're done, click OK. The audio file will be inserted into the slide.
    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013The recorded audio file