PowerPoint Lesson 3: Part 2 (Adding Audio to Slides)
Please Note: This session builds on, and assumes that you have completed, the previous PowerPoint sessions. If that is not the case, please go back and complete them before returning to this session.
STEP 1: Opening a Presentation
Open a Presentation that you want to record a narration for:
STEP 2: Adding Narration (Voice-Over) to Slides
If you go to the top menu and select the SLIDE SHOW option you can see the ‘Record Slide Show’ icon.
This is what we will use to add narration to our slides.
You can record from the current slide you have highlighted or start from the first slide.
I am already on the first slide so I shall select ‘Record from Beginning’.
This will bring up the recording window:
Then recording will begin and you start to speak your narration. You can pause at will and when done, or move on to the next slide by clicking on the ‘Next’ arrow next to the pause button and then continuing your narration. When you are finished press Esc on your keyboard.
You must now re-save the presentation to keep all that narration. If you close PowerPoint without saving, all that voice-over work will be lost. Run the slide show to hear your narration in action.
STEP 3: Adding Audio to Slides (Dynamic Recording)
If you want to add audio to a single slide at a time there is a different method. Under the INSERT menu, at the far right of the top menu bar, you will see the ‘Media’ options:
In this session, we will look only at the ‘Audio’ options. We will cover the others in another session.
We will start by using the ‘Record Audio’ option.
Click ‘Record Audio’.
This brings up a dialogue box. If you so wish, you can name this audio clip. Click the red circle to start recording.
When done, click the square box. To play back and listen, click the triangle symbol. Click ‘OK’ when totally done recording. Run the slide show to see and hear it:
STEP 5: Adding Audio to Slides (Stored Audio File)
We will finish this session by looking at including audio files already stored on your device.
Click the first option and PowerPoint will bring up a search box to locate the file you want:
This is currently empty so I will copy an existing MP3 file into this folder:
Select the file and then click ‘Insert’.
That audio file will now be embedded into the slide and can be played.
When you run the slide show, it will still be included.
That completes this session.
Now your turn…
Either create a new blank presentation or open up an existing one.
Use the dictation tool to enter some new text.
Do some narration (voice-over) on one or more slides.
Include one or more saved audio files into your presentation.
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