How to Add Music to a Powerpoint Presentation

How to Add Music to a Powerpoint Presentation. The purpose of any kind of presentation is to get someone's attention and keep it long enough to teach, train or entertain. Adding music to a PowerPoint presentation gives it an added punch that can keep eyes glued to the screen and viewers engaged.

Convert Music to MP3 Format

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Start with the music in MP3 format. If your music is in a different format, you will need to convert it to MP3.

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Turn iTunes files into MP3 files by clicking "Edit," "Preferences" and "Importing." Finally, choose "MP3 encoder."

Add Music to the Presentation

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Go to the "Insert" tab on the PowerPoint toolbar and choose "Movies and Sounds." Then choose "Sound from File."

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Select "MP3" from the "File Type" list. You will then be asked if you want the music to start automatically or only when a button is clicked. This will connect the music to a certain slide.

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Select "Custom Animation" under the "Slide Show" tab if you want the music to play during multiple slides. Under the "Multimedia Settings" option, choose "While Playing" and "Continue Slide Show." You will then be asked to choose how many slides you want linked with that music track.