Add Narration to PowerPoint

PowerPoint Narration – 2 Workable Methods to Add Narration to PowerPoint with Ease

PowerPoint is an app that enables you to create and deliver presentations to audiences. Adding narration to PowerPoint is an important way to make your presentations appealing. Moreover, the narration lets your audiences get the information without looking at the presentation. Microsoft PowerPoint has the capacity to record the narration inside your presentation so that it plays while audiences watch. This article will discuss how to add audio narration to a presentation in different version of PowerPoint. If you are ready to get the desired information, let’s start the guide.

Add Narration to PowerPoint

Part 1: Add Audio Narration to PowerPoint

In order to add audio narration to PowerPoint, you should learn more about the preparation you should take into consideration as below.

1. A microphone attached to your computer or your device has a built-in microphone.

2. Write down a script or an outline for the narration, or even familiar with the narration instead.

The workflows to add narration to different versions of PowerPoint are a bit various, so we discuss them independently.

How to Add Narration to a Single Slide in PowerPoint 2019

Step 1: Open your PowerPoint 2019/2016/2013 on your computer. You can select the slide where you want to add the narration on the left side.

Step 2: Go to the “Insert” option, choose the “Audio” option and select the “Record Audio” button to activate the Record Sound dialog.

Step 3: Enter a Name for the audio narration and hit the “Record” button. Now you can read the script. When narration is complete, hit the “Stop” button.

Step 4: Press Play to pre-listen to the narration and hit “OK” to add narration to PowerPoint. Then you will see an audio icon in the slide. Move the icon to the blank area.

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How to Add Narration to Entire Presentation in PowerPoint 2019

Step 1: In order to add narration to entire PowerPoint, you can click the “View” menu and choose the “Normal” option and select the first slide where you want to add audio.

Step 2: Head to the “Slide Show” option and choose the “Record Slide Show” icon. After that, you can click on the “Record from Current Slide” option to add voice narration to PPT.

Step 3: Then you will get two options on the “Record Slide Show” dialog: Slide and animation timings: PowerPoint tracks the timing of slide changes and animations when recording.

Narrations, ink, and laser pointer: PowerPoint tracks any narration, inking and laser pointing when recording. Check either option or even both of them base on your need.

Step 4: Select the “Start Recording” or Record to record your narration on the first slide. When a recording for the first slide is done, select Advance to the next slide.

Step 5: Click the “Stop” icon when you are done recording your narration. Close the recording window and back to the presentation. If you can see the control bar at the bottom, it means the narration is added to your PowerPoint. The control bar provides forward, backward, and some handy tools, such as Laser Pointer, Pen, Highlighter and Eraser.

Voiceover for Whole Presentation

How to Add Narration to PowerPoint 2007

Step 1: Start PowerPoint 2007 on your computer and open the presentation you want to add narration.

Step 2: Go to the “Slide Show” tab and click the “Record Narration” button to open the “Set Up” dialog. It shows you how much space you have on hard drive and how long the narration you can record.

Step 3: Click the “Set Microphone Level” button to open the popup dialog. Talk to your microphone and PowerPoint will adjust the microphone sensitivity. Click on the “OK” when checking finishes.

Step 4: Now, the first slide will display. Speak into your microphone. Hit the Enter key on your keyboard to head to the next slide.

Step 5: Hit the “Save” button to add narration to PowerPoint 2007. When you play the slideshow, your narration will start through your speakers.

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Part 2: Add Voice Narration to PowerPoint

The built-in narration tool in PowerPoint is a simple method to add narration to PowerPoint. But there are some limitations for the recording, such as edit the voice narration, remove unwanted clips and more. WidsMob Capture is the alternative resolution to capture audio/voice to PowerPoint with a high quality. Moreover, you can also add narration, draw on the recording, or even add shape, text and subtitles for the files with ease.

1. Capture your voice via built-in or external microphone to the recording.

2. Save the voice recording as MP3 and other audio formats with ease.

3. Edit the audio narration for adding to PowerPoint, or even facecam file.

4. There is no limitation on the length of voice narration for PowerPoint.

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How to Add Voice Narration to PowerPoint

Step 1: Launch the voice recorder for PowerPoint once you install it on your computer. Then select the “Record Screen” from the home interface to start narration recording. Turn off the “Display” option and the “Webcam” options, while enable the Microphone option.

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Step 2: Click on the “Record” button on the toolbar to start recording narration for PowerPoint. When it is done, you can click the “Stop” icon to save the voice narration to Media Library. If you are not satisfied with it, you can have another record, or even edit the voice narration.

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Step 3: Now, open the presentation in PowerPoint, in which you want to add voice narration. Go to the “Insert” tab and choose “Audio” option. Then select the Audio from File option and find the voice narration file on your hard drive. Click the “Insert” button to add narration to PowerPoint.

Media Library Capture

Step 4: Go to the Playback tab and select the Play across slides option from the Start list. In the new version of PowerPoint, you can select Play in Background option from Playback tab instead. Now, the voice narration will be added to all slides.

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You should understand how to add narration to PowerPoint from the article. Narration is not only a way to make your presentations attractive, but also let your audiences listen to information. No matter you want to add narration to a single slide or entire presentation, PowerPoint provides the options. WidsMob Capture, on the other hand, is able to record your voice narration and pre-listen to it. Then you can add it to PowerPoint.

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