How to Add Voice to Powerpoint

By Kevin Lee

When you add voice narration to a PowerPoint slide show, you introduce a sonic dimension to your presentation that can further focus the audience's attention to your ideas and information. If you have no words to add before presenting your slide show, set up PowerPoint to record your voice and audience's reaction live as you give the presentation. You can even synchronize a virtual laser pointer with the audio portion of a slide show.

Step 1

Connect a microphone to your computer and verify that it is working.

Step 2

Open an existing PowerPoint presentation and click the "Slide Show" tab on the ribbon at the top of the screen. The tab will open and reveal slide show functions.

Step 3

Click "Record Slide Show" and select "Start Recording from Beginning." If you want to start recording from the current slide, click "Start Recording from Current Slide" instead. The "Record Slide Show" dialog box will open.

Step 4

Click the "Narrations and laser pointer" check box if you want to synchronize a laser pointer with the slide show narration. Otherwise, uncheck that box.

Step 5

Click "Slide and animation timings" if you want to use that option. Otherwise, uncheck that box.

Step 6

Click "Start Recording." A small recording window with "Play" and "Pause" buttons will appear at the top of the screen.

Step 7

Speak into the microphone and record your message. When you finish your audio for that slide, press the right arrow key on your keyboard to move to the next slide. PowerPoint will highlight that slide to give you a visual indication of where you are in the slide show.

Step 8

Continue recording and advancing through the slides until you have recorded all your audio. Right click the final slide and select "End Show" to end the recording.

Tips & Warnings

  • While recording, click the "Pause" button on the recording window if you need to pause or take a break. Click the "Play" button to resume recording. PowerPoint will continue where you left off.