Inserting Audio

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

Editing audio

You can modify your audio files using the commands on the Playback tab. For example, if you add a song to a slide you can trim it to play only a brief section. You can also add a fade in and fade out, and add bookmarks that allow you to jump to specific points in the audio file.

To trim an audio file:

  1. Select the audio file, then click the Playback tab on the Ribbon.
    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Clicking the Playback tab
  2. Click the Trim Audio command.
    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Clicking the Trim Audio command
  3. A dialog box will appear. Use the green handle to set the start time and the red handle to set the end time.
    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Setting the start and end time
  4. To preview the audio file, click the Play button.
    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Clicking the Play button to preview the changes
  5. Adjust the handles again if necessary, then click OK.

To add a fade in and fade out:

  1. On the Playback tab, locate the Fade In: and Fade Out: fields.
  2. Type the desired values, or use the up and down arrows to adjust the times.
    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Adding a Fade In and Fade Out

To add a bookmark:

  1. Click the timeline to locate the desired part of the audio file.
    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Selecting the desired location in the audio file
  2. From the Playback tab, click the Add Bookmark command.


    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Clicking the Add Bookmark command
  3. The bookmark will appear on the timeline. Click the bookmark to jump to that location.
    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013The added bookmark

Audio options

There are other options you can set to control how your audio file will play. These are found in the Audio Options group on the Playback tab.

Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013The Audio Options group