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Insert Online Audio (Sound) in PowerPoint 2013

Learn how to insert online sound (audio) clips in PowerPoint 2013.

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Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8

You can insert an audio file from your PC into your PowerPoint slide. PowerPoint 2013 even enables you to insert an audio file from online sources without any need to open your web browser. Follow these steps to insert an online audio clip into your PowerPoint presentation.

  1. Navigate to the slide where you want to add a sound. From the Insert tab of Ribbon, click the down-arrow below the Audio button to bring up the drop-down menu shown in Figure 1. From this menu, choose the Online Audio option (highlighted in red within Figure 1).

    Online Audio option
    Figure 1: Online Audio option

  2. This brings up the Insert Audio dialog box, as shown in Figure 2. Within this dialog box you'll find online picture service providers listed, such as Office.com Clip Art.

    Insert Audio dialog box
    Figure 2: Insert Audio dialog box

  3. Now, just type in the keyword(s) within the box placed next to the service you want to insert the picture from, and press Enter key. For This tutorial we are searching picture from Office.com Clip Art service and we choose "chime" as our keyword, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 2, above.

  4. Based on the keyword(s) entered, you'll get the results in the next window, as shown in Figure 3. Select any audio clip -- the selected audio clip are indicated by a highlighted border (refer to Figure 3). Then click the Insert button highlighted in blue within Figure 3.

    Insert Audio dialog box with results
    Figure 3: Insert Audio dialog box with results

  5. Also, you can preview the audio by hovering your cursor over the audio icon - you'll see a tool-tip within the audio file name and text saying loading preview (highlighted in blue within Figure 4). Make sure that the speakers are connected.

    Audio clip inserted on the slide
    Figure 4: Audio clip inserted on the slide

  6. The selected audio clip will be downloaded and inserted within your slide, as shown in Figure 5. To preview to the inserted audio clip, click the Play button, highlighted in red within Figure 5 below.

    Audio clip inserted on the slide
    Figure 5: Audio clip inserted on the slide

  7. Make sure to save your presentation.


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