There are several ways to improve your next presentation using PowerPoint. Adding objects, customising styles, and themes can all improve how well people engage with your presentation. In addition to all of these, you can also add music to your presentation slides.
Add Music To PowerPoint
PowerPoint makes it easier than ever to add music to your presentation. Adding music to a presentation can be a great idea, it can help you keep your audience’s attention or to emphasise a certain point.
So… how do you actually add music to slides?
Go to the “Insert” tab and then click the “Audio” button
A menu will then appear, giving you the option to either upload music from your PC or record your own track.
If you would like to record your own audio, select “Record Audio” and a “Record Sound” window will appear. Simply name your audio then click “Record”.
Once the “Record” icon is selected, a timer will start which will tell you the total length of the sound being recorded. Once you’re finished and ready to stop recording, press the “Stop” icon. To listen to your recording, you can press the “Play” icon. If you’re happy with your recording, select “Ok” to insert it into your presentation.
If you would rather upload music from your computer, go to the audio options and select “Audio On My PC”. This will open your files library. SImply locate the audio file you’d like to use, then choose “Insert” at the bottom-right of the window. PowerPoint supports several popular formats, like MP3, MP4, WAV and AAC.
Now you’ll see a speaker icon appear in your presentation. This is where you can play the audio and edit the volume, etc.
The “Playback” tab will appear automatically. By default, the “Audio Style” is automatically set to “No Style”. This means that the audio will only play on the slide where you insert it. The icon will appear in the presentation, and the audio will only begin when you click the icon.
However, this can be changed in the settings. You can choose options that will adjust the default playback volume, whether the music automatically starts or whether your music plays across other slides, etc.
To change this, select “Play in Background” in the “Audio Styles” section.
There are more options available to you also. You can add/remove bookmarks for specific times in your audio clip, trim parts of the audio or give your audio a fade in/out effect.
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