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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Note: In this tutorial we use the Simplicity PowerPoint Template. You can get great PPT presentation templates on GraphicRiver or in our Ultimate Guide to the Best Microsoft PowerPoint Templates.
How to Quickly Add Music to Your PowerPoint Presentation
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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.
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.
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.
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.
With any of these settings, it's easy to add music or audio to your PowerPoint presentation.
More PowerPoint Tutorial and Template Resources
- Microsoft PowerPointPowerPoint 101: Everything You Need to Make a Basic PresentationBob Flisser
- Microsoft PowerPointHow to Insert a YouTube Video into Powerpoint in 60 SecondsAndrew Childress
- OfficeHow to Add Videos to Your PowerPoint PresentationsBob Flisser
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