PowerPoint is an application that lets you create and present engaging presentations to your audience. But what if the audience is not in the same room or you are sending it as a link or attachment?
This is why adding audio commentary to the timing of PowerPoint slides is helpful and helpful. You can record the narration from within the presentation so that it plays back while the audience is watching. Adding a voiceover to your Powerpoint presentation or video will turn it into constantly updated offline content.
This article will show you how to add audio to your Powerpoint presentation for Windows 10.
Test your Virtual Microphone
The first thing you’ll need is a working microphone. Most modern computers are equipped with a built-in microphone. If you plan to use the default microphone on your computer, you do not need to take additional steps to add the microphone.
However, you need to make sure it works and is loud enough to hear. To set your microphone as default, test it to make sure it works. To configure properties, follow these steps.
- Start by typing “Options” in the search bar.
- Click System> Sound.
- In the Input section you can find options for configuring your microphone. Click the drop-down menu under Select Input Device to assign a default microphone.
- If you only have one microphone, there is nothing to choose from. To open advanced microphone settings, click Device Properties> Advanced Device Settings.
- Enable or disable the speaker and access audio driver information in the General tab.
- The Listen tab allows you to enable or disable the microphone to listen to the speakers.
- Adjust the microphone volume and balance settings in the Levels section.
- Change the default sample rate and bit depth on the Advanced tab.
- If enabled on your computer, spatial audio can enhance the sound experience.
To test your microphone, return to the Login section. If that doesn’t work, you can use the Troubleshoot button to try and fix the problem.
- To enable the microphone, first connect the USB microphone to your computer. Then right-click the volume icon in the taskbar.
- Click Sounds.
Install a USB Microphone
- to enable microphone , firstly, connect the USB microphone to the computer. Then right-click on the volume icon in the taskbar.
- Click Sounds .
- On the Recording tab, select the microphone you want to configure and click Configure.
- Under Configure Speech Recognition, click Configure Microphone.
- When the installation wizard starts, select the type of microphone to install and click Next.
- On the next screen, you will find microphone tips and reading text to check your settings.
- Follow the instructions in the wizard and test your microphone to make sure it is working properly.
Set a USB Microphone as the input device to use
If you want to use the external USB microphone you just set up for narration recording, you need to set it as your input device.
- Right-click the volume icon at the far right of the taskbar and click Open Sound Settings.
- In the Sound Settings window, scroll down to Input and select the Select Input Device check box.
- Select USB microphone as input device.
Practice and take notes
Now that your microphone is set up and tested, instead of starting recording right away, take some time to practice what you are about to say.
Take notes, write a script, and rehearse time to save time, minimize errors, and ensure smooth, natural sounding sound.
You are now ready to start recording.
- To enable the Recording tab, go to File, click Options> Customize Ribbon> Recording> OK.
Turn on (Office 365) Recording Tab
- To turn on the Recording tab, go to File , and click Options > Customize the Ribbon Register Agree .
How to record a single slide audio narration
The easiest way to add sound to your PowerPoint presentation is to record one slide at a time.
- Start by selecting the slide you want to add sound to.
- Go to Insert> Audio> Record Sound.
- Choose a name for the voiceover and replace it with Recorded Audio.
- Click the red dot button to start recording. Read your script and hit the stop button when done.
- The stop button is a middle square and is highlighted in red during recording.
- To listen to the recording, click the play button. If you like the way it sounds and you want to save it, click OK.
- You can also listen to the audio by clicking the embedded audio icon on the slide. A panel will open at the bottom where you can play the sound.
- You will now have a visible audio icon on your slide. To hide this icon for the final presentation, click on it.
- Click Play in the top navigation bar and select the Hide while streaming check box.
- Click Record at the top of the navigation and then Record Slideshow.
Record a full-slideshow audio narration (Office 365)
- Click Record from the top navigation bar, then on Record Slideshow .
- Select Record From Current Slide or Record From Beginning. The slideshow will open in the recording window.
- In the upper left corner there are buttons for record, pause, stop and play. Press the red round button to start recording. To prepare, there will be a three second countdown.
- The slide you are recording appears in the main pane of the window. To go to the next slide, use the arrow on the right side of the window. Use the arrow on the left to go to the previous slide. Powerpoint with Office 365 automatically records the time you spend talking on each slide. This includes any animations you have customized.
- Use the buttons in the lower right corner of the screen to turn the microphone, camera, and camera preview on or off. If you choose to rewrite part or all of the narration, Powerpoint will erase the old version so you can rewrite it.
- When you’re done recording, click the square button in the upper left corner of the recording window.
- The time for each slide will be displayed in the slide sorter view. To see the time, click View> Slide Sorter.
- See the time under the slides in the slide sorter view in the image below.
- To view a slideshow with narration, animation, and timing (configured before recording starts), click Slideshow in the top navigation bar. Make sure you are on the Home tab.
- Select From Beginning or From Current Slide.
Slide Show Preview
- To preview the slideshow with narration, animation, and timings (prepared before the recording starts), click Slide Show from the top navigation bar. Make sure you are on the “Home” tab.
- Choose from scratch or from the current slide .
- To listen to audio for a single slide, go to normal mode, click the audio icon and click Play. Please note that the recorded animation is not displayed when previewing from one slide.
- You can also manually set the timing of the slides to keep them in sync with your storytelling. To do this, select a slide in normal mode and click “Transitions”.
- In the Time group, select the After check box under Advance Slide.
Set slide timings manually
- You can also set slide timings manually to sync with your novels. To do this, select the slide from Normal View and then click on Transitions .
- From Time Group , select the checkbox After under Advance Slide .
- Specify how long a slide will remain on screen before moving on to the next. Do this for each slide you want to manually use.
Post your presentation to share
You can save your presentation as Powerpoint Show (.ppsx) or video to share with others. When the viewer opens a slideshow file, it immediately opens in slideshow mode.
To save your presentation, select File, Save As and choose a format from the drop-down menu.
If your presentation is huge and you want to send it as an email attachment, you may need to compress the file. Better to upload it to Dropbox, OneDrive or Google Drive and send the link to the recipients you want.