Add Bookmarks for Audio Clips in PowerPoint 2013
Learn how to add Bookmarks to audio clips in PowerPoint 2013.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8
One of the very important abilities in PowerPoint 2013 relates to you being able to play your audio files from a certain point within the clip. To do so, you need to use the Bookmarks feature. Bookmarks in PowerPoint are similar to the conventional bookmarks you place within the pages of a book you read. In the same way that you can easily access a particular page with the help of a bookmark, the Bookmark option within an audio clip becomes an indicator of the position you want to play the clip from.
You can then access that position quickly within the audio clip without having to manually scrub within the Player Controls bar. In addition, you can also combine Bookmarks with Trigger animations -- so as to trigger a click to play an audio clip precisely from the Bookmark you added.
Follow these steps to learn how to add a Bookmark to your audio clip:
- Open your presentation, and navigate to the required slide where you have already
inserted an audio clip. Just select
or double-click the audio clip to bring up the two contextual Audio Tools tabs in the
Ribbon. These two tabs are
Format and Playback -- click the Playback tab to activate
it, as shown in Figure 1 (highlighted in red).
Figure 1: Audio Tools Playback tab of the Ribbon
- Now, ascertain where you want to add the Bookmark -- there are three ways to do so:
- Click the Play button (highlighted in blue within
Figure 1, above) to play the audio clip. Then pause at the position where you want to add
bookmark, as shown in Figure 2.
- Scrub the audio by dragging within the Player Controls bar (highlighted in
red within Figure 2, below) to the exact position you want.
- Click inside the Player Controls bar, highlighted in red
within Figure 2 below, and then use the Move Forward and
Move Back buttons (highlighted in blue within
Figure 2, below) to fine-tune the position where you want to add the Bookmark.
Figure 2: Audio paused to add a Bookmark
- Click the Play button (highlighted in blue within Figure 1, above) to play the audio clip. Then pause at the position where you want to add bookmark, as shown in Figure 2.
- Now, select the Audio Tools Playback tab of the Ribbon, and click the
Add Bookmark button, highlighted in red within
Figure 3, below.
Figure 3: Add Bookmark button within the Bookmarks group
- This adds a Bookmark, represented by a yellow dot on the audio timeline within the
Player Controls bar to indicate the bookmark's location, as shown highlighted in
red within Figure 4.
Figure 4: Bookmark added to the audio
- Once you start playing the audio to preview, or even if you scrub again -- you will find that your
Bookmark added in the preceding step shows a white dot rather than a yellow dot (see
Figure 5, below). This indicates that the Bookmark is no longer selected. To select it again,
just click on the white dot, which will turn yellow again to indicate that it has been selected.
Figure 5: Bookmark no longer active within the Player Controls bar
- You can add as many Bookmarks as you like. The selected Bookmark is always highlighted with a yellow dot,
as shown in Figure 6, below.
Figure 6: Selected Bookmark depicts a yellow dot within the Player Controls bar
- Once you are done with adding bookmarks, you can play the slide in
Slide Show view. Hover your cursor
over the audio icon to see the Player Controls bar containing the Bookmarks. You can see all
the four bookmarks we added in Figure 7, below.
Figure 7: Bookmarks within Slide Show view
- Assuming you are still in Slide Show view, you can click on any of the Bookmarks to
select it, and then click the Play button to run the audio clip from that position onwards.
- Make sure you save your presentation.
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