How to Add Audio to PowerPoint 2013 Presentations

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Want a cool background song to enhance your presentation? Adding an audio track to your Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 slideshow is a cinch, if you have .MP4 files stored on your computer. Here's how: 

 1. Navigate to the PowerPoint slide where the audio should begin playing. 

2. Click the Insert tab and click Audio on the far right of the navigation bar. You’ll have the choice to select Online Audio, Audio On My PC and Record Audio.


3. Click Audio On My PC to select an existing file on your computer, click Online Audio to search for a term in's Clip Art of sound clips. Alternatively, click Record Audio then the red Record button to make a clip of your own audio.

4. Click Insert, and an audio bar will paste into your presentation. The bar includes a play/pause button and the option to skip forward or backward to any part of the track, as well as a volume adjustment bar.

4. Click and drag to move the audio bar to its preferred location on your slide.

5. Click on the audio box on the slide where you originally dropped the audio file. Audio Tools: Format and Playback will appear in your top nav bar.

6. Click Playback and choose whether you'd like the track to play in the background of your entire presentation, loop until you stop the audio, start automatically or when clicked, fade in and out or play across all slides.

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  • FredZ Says:

    Thanks for the effort, but that doesn't work. Only plays on first slide :-(

  • sonika Says:

    i am not getting it i am getting that only for one slide and in the next slide the music is not coming

  • sadegh Says:

    its very good . thanks

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  • user Says:

    doesnt work.
    it links doesnt embed.
    you have to send the file together with the presentation

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