How to Add Music to a Powerpoint Presentation

By Techwalla Computers Editor

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.

Things You'll Need

  • PowerPoint program

Convert Music to MP3 Format

Step 1

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

Step 2

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

Add Music to the Presentation

Step 1

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

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Tips & Warnings

  • It's best to elect to have the user choose to play the music rather than having it start automatically. This gives the viewer more control over the volume of the presentation.
  • Try a freeware software download from to convert your music to MP3 format (see Resources below).
  • If you are giving your PowerPoint presentation to a large group, it's best to choose music only for slides for which you won't be delivering a lecture. For instance, if one slide has several points that highlight important aspects of your tutorial, you don't want to add music to that slide. You may only want to add music to slides for which your voice won't have to compete with the music.
  • If you have PowerPoint XP, the process is to choose "Custom Animation," right-click on "Media" and select "Effect Options," which will guide you through the process of choosing slides to play along with your chosen music.