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Recording audio for PowerPoint presentations gets upgraded

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Hi, Office Insiders, I’m Ana Parra, a Program Manager on the PowerPoint team. I’m thrilled to share that the experience of recording audio for PowerPoint presentations is easier than ever. With a recent upgrade to PowerPoint for Mac, recording audio and inserting it into your slide is simple.

Recording audio for PowerPoint presentations

Did you dread having to name your audio file before being able to insert it? Worry no more. You can now just click a button and start recording.


  • Enable microphone permissions if prompted.

How it works

1. On the Insert tab, click Record audio.

2. In the Record Audio pane, click the Record button.

Recording audio for PowerPoint screenshot.

3. When you are done recording, click the Stop button.

4. To listen to your recording and make sure you are satisfied with it, click the Play button.

5. If you are satisfied, click the Insert button. If you are not, click the Discard button and repeat steps 1 through 4. 

Recording audio for PowerPoint

Tips and tricks

  • Speak clearly and conversationally, but feel free to pause in between thoughts.
  • Speak more deliberately if you notice accuracy issues.
  • Move to a quieter location or use headphones if you notice background noise getting picked up.
  • You can always trim your audio clip afterwards so do not worry about ending your recording too fast or starting it too early.


This PowerPoint feature update is available to Insiders running Version 16.38 (20052800) or later.

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