PowerPoint, as one of the most frequently used tools for office users, has been playing an important role to present both pictures and sounds. For most users, they could only adopt PowerPoint to show some photos. But they may ignore that PowerPoint has the capability to add various videos and audio files within. In such a way, PowerPoint could be much easier to be understood if some audio files could be added. What’s more, for the presenters themselves, if some recordings or narrations could be inserted, they would be more familiar with their files and much easier to catch the key points. While, this is not an easy task if you are not familiar with PowerPoint. But take it ease, in today’s article, we would recommend some useful recording apps to solve the problem and hope this would work for you.

Part 1: How to record audio on PowerPoint using the program itself

In order to make some recordings which could be inserted to your PowerPoint files, then if you can get to know how to record audio files, then it would save a lot of time. Then, how to record audio on PowerPoint? If you have ever tried PowerPoint before, then you would be surprised to find out that in fact PowerPoint is able to record audio within itself. Now you can follow the steps below to record audio on PowerPoint using the program itself.

Step 1. Set up your microphone on your computer. In order to record the audio into your PowerPoint, you have to make sure that your computer is capable of recording files without any limits. The first thing you should check on your computer is whether your microphone has been plugged in or not. No matter which operating system you are running on, your microphone should be set to be accessed easily. What’s more, if you have plugged in more than 1 microphone, then you should choose your preferred microphone. Also, you need to set the microphone parameters before recording within your PowerPoint because you are not allowed to make any changes in the program. Here, you can choose your microphone and set the related recording levels.

Step 2. Set the recording options in PowerPoint. Once you have set the microphone on your computer ahead, then you can start recording in PowerPoint. In order to record files, you should click on the “Slide Show” tab which could allow users to change the related options.

Step 3. Start recording files in PowerPoint. Then, on the “Slide Show”, you can choose “Record Slide Show” option to launch the related recording options. Once you have chosen the proper timings for the presentation, then you can click this option to start. Once you entered the recording page, you can see a new pop-up window with two options, including Slide and animation timings. You can set the two options based on your own preferences. You had better turn both of the two options on before recording audios and synchronizing slide change timings.

Step 4. Press “Start Recording”. Once all the settings have been done, then click “Start Recording” option and your PowerPoint would be showed in the full screen which means that your recordings are being made from your microphone. At the very top of the left corner on the screen, you would see a recording window with a runtime counter. For your conveniences, you can control these buttons to adjust your settings.

Step 5. View the recordings in PowerPoint. Once you have finished your recordings, then you can view the files accordingly. Once you have finished, you can click on the “X” button to complete the recording. Here, you can use “Presenter View” function to preview the audio inserted in your PowerPoint with other notes beside your file. Simply turn on “Presenter View” on the “Slideshow” tab to enter the preview mode.

Part 2: How to record audio with other tools and then insert the audio in PowerPoint

Instead of recording audio in PowerPoint, another methods could also be provided if you are seeking for more features and functions. Here you can adopt other two tools to record audios and then add these files to your PowerPoint. Voice Recorder and Music Recorder could be your referential options. Now, I will list the main features and functions of these two tools for your further information.

No. 1 Voice Recorder

Although you can use many applications to record audio on your device, if you are running on Win10 operating system, then Win10 includes a free voice recording application that you can use to record interviews, conversations, lectures, and almost everything that makes sounds. That is Voice Recorder. The application is very simple, it contains all the necessary functions to record, trim, mark important moments, and share audio easily. It is quite easy to record audio with this default Windows app. The detailed steps would be showed below.

Step 1. How to install the Voice Recorder app on Windows 10? Voice Recorder is provided with every installation of Windows 10, but if it is not on your device, you can install it by following the steps below:

  1. Open the “Microsoft Store”.
  2. Search for “Voice Recorder” and click on the top result.
  3. Click the "Get" button.

Step 2. To record audio on Windows 10, you should make sure to connect a microphone (if applicable) and then refer to the following steps:

  1. Open “Start”.
  2. Search for the recorder, and then click the top result to open the application.
  3. Click the "Record" button.

No. 2 Leawo Music Recorder

Leawo Music Recorder is easy-to-use recording tool that allows you to record sounds in high sound quality. It has smart tools like Task Scheduler and Auto-filter, making you record sound in an easy and quick way. It is definitely affordable and useful software for you. For your future references, in this post, I will add how to record record audio with Leawo Music Recorder.

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  • Leawo Music Recorder

    • Record any sound from computer stream audio and built-in input audio.
    • Record music from 1000+ music sites like YouTube, Facebook, Veoh, VEVO, etc.
    • Schedule music recording via the internal recording task scheduler.
    • Automatically/manually add and complete music tags like artist, album, cover, genre, etc.
    • Save recorded musicfiles into either WAV or MP3 format for wide uses.

Step 1. Download Leawo Music Recorder and install it on your computer.

Step 2. Enter the main interface of the app and click the “Audio source” icon on the main interface to set the audio parameters. Then choose “Record Audio Input” to import the music on your computer.

Step 3. Click the “Start” icon on the top left corner to start recording process. You can also control the recording process by clicking the related buttons on the screen. Once you have finished the recording, simply click the red square to stop the recording process. Finally you can find the recording on your computer easily.

Comparison table between Apowersoft Free Audio Recorder and Leawo Music Recorder

Once you have finished the recordings with the above tools, now the next step is to insert the audio to your PowerPoint. Follow the steps below to add the recorded audio.

Step 1. Select Insert > Audio on the main menu at the very top of PowerPoint.

Step 2. Select the recorded audio on your PC. Then in the “Insert Audio” dialog box, you can select your recordings from your computer you would like to insert.

Step 3. Click “Insert” option. Then, the audio could be easily added to PowerPoint file. You can click the audio icon on the PowerPoint page to play the file.

Furthermore, referring to the above tutorial, you could easily record audios with the above tools. Actually, all of them could solve your problem and meet your needs. But here Leawo Music Recorder could be the one I would strongly recommend. If you are not clear about this program, the following tips and features would be referential to you.

  1. Leawo Music Recorder have more comprehensive functions. Other two programs would only have the very basic recording function. But Leawo Music Record would not only allow users to record audio from built-in device, but also users can record audio from computer audio and other online sources, like YouTube and Spotify and so on without any quality losses.
  2. Leawo Music Recorder could be used as a music editor. Asides from recording, this app could allow you to manage all the recorded files based on your own preferences. You can also share your recorded audio files to iTunes.
  3. Leawo Music Recorder could allow users to get the customized settings, including the Task Scheduler, Audio Source, Output Format and so on. Based on this settings, users could obtain different customized settings and viewing experiences.

Therefore no matter which tool you would select to solve your problem on how to record audio into a PowerPoint presentation, you should be clear about your focus. What is your main purpose and what affects you would like to obtain from the these tools. If you only would like to record the audio at the very basic level, then you can choose PowerPoint or Voice Recorder to achieve your goal. Instead, if you prefer to obtain the more customized and comprehensive functions, then Leawo Music Recorder would be much more proper to you.