How to Record Narration/Sound in PowerPoint 2010

Why Record Narration or Sound in PowerPoint 2010

There are circumstances in which it can be quite helpful to record narration or sound onto your PowerPoint presentation.

1. If you are going to show your PowerPoint presentation at a trade show but you cannot be there, then adding your own narration to the slides will do you a big favor.

2. Introduce products which would make sounds such as cars, TV, Smartphone, MP3 Player, etc; you can record the sound and show it to your customer.

3. Use PowerPoint to create a photo album or a video slideshow, you’ll need to record your own words to express your feelings.


1. For recording narrations or sound effects you must have a microphone attached to your computer.

2. Save your PowerPoint under a new name before Narration Recording. If you later decide that you do not want the narration after you’ve applied it, you’ll find it easier to open the previously saved narration-free copy.

How to Record Narration/Sound in PowerPoint 2010

  • 1. Click on the “Insert” tab of the ribbon, and on the right side of the ribbon, click the drop down arrow under “Audio“, then select “Record Audio…“.
  • Record Audio in PowerPoint 2010

  • 2. In the following Record Sound dialog, in the “Name” field, enter a name for the narration to come.
  • 3. Next, at the bottom of the dialog, click the red dot (the Record button) to start recording a sound.
  • 4. When finished, click the blue square (the Stop button) in the middle of the three buttons.
  • 5. To test the recorded sound, click the blue triangle (the Play button).
  • 6. To confirm the recorded sound, click “OK“. Record another sound if the existing one is not satisfying, please click “Cancel” and re-start from step 1.
  • Record Narration in PowerPoint 2010: Illustration

Recording a narration or sound for your course or business PowerPoint, it will make your presentation more interesting. You can also convert the narration-included PowerPoint to video so that you can show it online or even burn it to DVD or Blu-ray Disc as a creative holiday gift.

Related posts:

  1. Record Narration/Sound in PowerPoint 2003 & 2007
  2. How to Edit Recorded Narration for PowerPoint Slides
  3. How to Play a Sound across Multiple Slides in Microsoft PowerPoint 2010
  4. How to Add a Sound to Animations or Hyperlinks in PowerPoint
  5. Sound in PowerPoint Strikes on another Computer

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