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How to Add Music to PowerPoint in 60 Seconds

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Music in PowerPoint works great for setting the scene or creating a presentation that you can leave on loop. In this quick video, I'll teach you how to add music to your PowerPoint presentation. 

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How to Quickly Add Music to Your PowerPoint Presentation

Note: Watch this short tutorial screencast or follow the quick steps below, that compliment this video.

1. Find the Insert Tab on PowerPoint's Ribbon

To add music to a presentation, let's find the Insert tab here on PowerPoint's ribbon.

Insert tab on PowerPoint ribbon
User the Insert tab to add audio to your Microsoft PowerPoint.

On the far right side, let's click Audio, and Insert Audio on My PC.

2. Choose an MP3 Audio File

Now I'll browse to an MP3 that's stored on my computer and choose it. 

Audio icon in PowerPoint
You'll see the Audio icon in your PowerPoint.

You can see this new icon on the slide that represents audio inside our PowerPoint. Press the Play button to play the audio while you're presenting. 

3. Use Other Presentation Audio Options

There are some other options to customize how audio works as well. For example, with the audio selected, you could change the Start drop-down to be automatically so that the audio starts playing as soon as you enter the slide. 

Set up audio to start automatically in PowerPoint
Set the audio up to start automatically in PowerPoint.

Another option is to tick this box to loop audio if you have instrumental music that should play repeatedly. And you can also click on Trim Audio and select portions of the audio to keep from the original file. This helps you save the extra step of working with the audio in another app. 

Finishing Up!

With any of these settings, it's easy to add music or audio to your PowerPoint presentation.

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Have you used audio in your PowerPoint Presentations to good effect? Or, are you planning to add music to your next presentation. Let us know in the comments below. 

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