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Background Music For PowerPoint: A Step-By-Step Guide

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Would a piece of background music take your PowerPoint presentation to the next level?

Adding audio files to your PowerPoint presentation can give your audience and viewers a unique experience, making your presentation more memorable.

In this article, we will discuss the following:

  • How to add presentation music to your PowerPoint.

  • How to add PowerPoint music through the "record audio" option.

  • How to remove background music

  • Frequently asked questions about how to add music background in PowerPoint presentations.

How to Add Background Music to Your PowerPoint Presentation

To embed an audio file to your presentation in PowerPoint:

  1. Open your existing PowerPoint presentation.

    Open your existing PoweRPoint presentation.
  2. Go to the "Insert" tab, click the "Audio" button in the "Media" group, and select "Audio on MY PC" from the drop-down menu.

    Go to Insert tab, click "Audio" and select "Audio on My PC."
  3. A dialog box for your "Insert Audio" will appear. From here, select the music file you want to use as your background music and click the "Insert" button.

    When the "Insert Audio" dialog box opens, select the music file you want to insert into your PowerPoint and click Insert.
  4. Once an audio icon appears on your presentation slide, go to the "Playback" tab and click "Play in Background."

    After you audio file appear on your presentation slide, go to "Playback" tab and click "Play in Background."You have now embed your audio file background music to your entire presentation.

Add PowerPoint Music Through the "Record Audio" Option

Another way to add good background music to your PowerPoint presentation is by using "record audio." To insert  audio in your presentation this way:

  1. Select a specific slide on your PowerPoint presentation.

    Select a slide in your PowerPoint presentation.
  2. Go to the "Insert" tab, click the "Audio" option in the "Media" group, and select "record audio" from the drop-down menu.

    In the "Insert" tab, click "Audio" and select "Record Audio."
  3. When the "Record audio" dialog box appears, click the "record" button to start recording.

    When the dialog box for "Record audio" aapears, click the record to start recording.
  4. To stop your audio recording in your PowerPoint presentation, click the "Stop" button.

    select the stop button to stop recording your audio.
  5. Then click "Ok" to add your presentation music to your PowerPoint.

    then click "Ok," to insert your record audio as your background music.

How to Remove Background Music

In instances that your audio track is not suitable for your presentation slide show, and you want to remove it from your PowerPoint:

  1. Click the "Audio" file icon on your particular presentation slide.

    Select the audio file in your particular presentation slide.
  2. Press "delete" or "backspace" on your keyboard.

    Press "Delete" or "Backspace" on your keyboard to delete your background music

Final Thoughts on How to Add Background Music For PowerPoint Presentations

Following the steps above, adding background music can make your PowerPoint presentation more engaging and grab your audience's attention.

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Frequently Asked Questions on How to Add Background Music in PowerPoint Presentations:

Where can I get free music for my PowerPoint slideshow?

You can find free music for your PowerPoint slide show on websites like YouTube Audio Library, Free Music Archive, Incompetech, Bensound, and SoundCloud. These websites offer a variety of music genres to choose from. You can download and use the music tracks in your presentations for free.

Can I customize the audio icon on my PowerPoint presentation?

Yes, you can edit and customize your background music by clicking the audio icon on your particular slide, then selecting "Audio Format" and clicking either "Picture Border" or "Picture Effect" to customize your audio file icon.

What are the shortcut keys to enable "Audio" in PowerPoint?

The shortcut keys for enabling "Audio" in PowerPoint are Alt+N+O.

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