Format Tab for Audio Clips in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
Explore the Format tab for audio clips in PowerPoint 2010.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2010
OS: Microsoft Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8
Date Created: March 14th 2013
Last Updated: March 14th 2013
When you insert an audio clip on your slide, PowerPoint represents the clip by a sound icon, as shown in Figure 1, below. Of course, it rarely matters what the icon looks like if you have set your audio clip to play automatically. However, if you actually plan to click on this picture to play your audio clip -- then you might want to use another picture instead.
Figure 1: An audio clip on the slide
The reason why you would use a picture that is different than a sound icon is because you may want to use a picture related to the audio clip -- here are some scenarios:
- You may want to attach a recorded audio clip of Mahatma Gandhi or Martin Luther King to their picture -- then when you click on their picture, the related audio clip will play.
- You may want to attach a picture of a musical instrument to a rendering of that instrument.
- Similarly, you can attach sounds of animals to pictures of those very animals for a kindergarten school project.
When you select an inserted audio clip,
you see two contextual tabs -- Format and Playback,
as shown highlighted in red within Figure 2.
Figure 2: Contextual tabs for an audio clip
Once you explore the options within the Format tab, you'll wonder why there are options to adjust, arrange, resize, and applying picture styles. Now why is PowerPoint is providing picture format options for an audio clip? That's because an audio clip is represented by a picture (see Figure 1). Note that the Player Controls bar is activated when you select the audio clip -- note that this is not part of the picture.
By default PowerPoint provides a picture for the audio clip -- you can select this
picture and use the picture format options provided within the Audio Tools Format
tab. Or else you can also change this picture to any other picture. To do so, right-click the audio picture -- from the resultant context menu, choose the Change Picture option, as shown in Figure 3.
Thereafter choose any picture of your choice.
Figure 3: Change Picture option selected
This replaces the default audio picture with the picture of your choice as shown in Figure 4. Once the picture is changed, navigate to the Audio Tools Format tab -- the options within this tab are categorized into four groups, as shown in Figure 4.
Figure 4: Changed picture for audio clip
Let us explore these options in the order they appear, starting from left. We already have individual tutorials for all of these options – click on the provided tutorial links to explore more about individual options:
- Remove Background: Figures out the boundaries of an object in the picture
automatically, and allows you to keep some portion of the picture, and remove the rest. If you
want to retain only some selected part of the picture, this is the best option to use. To learn
how this option works, refer to our
Background from Pictures tutorial.
- Corrections: This option is used to adjust the sharpness, softness, brightness,
and contrast values of the picture. To learn more about this option, refer to our
- Color: This option comes handy when you want to change the color of the picture
-- this changes the overall color feel of the picture, like a monochromatic tint. You can find more
information about this option in our
Color Pictures tutorial.
- Artistic Effects: Here you can select various artistic effects from the
Artistic Effects drop-down gallery. To learn more about this option, refer to our
Effects for Pictures tutorial.
- Compress Pictures: By default, PowerPoint embeds your inserted pictures into
your presentation leaving the size and format largely unchanged. You can reduce the size of the inserted
picture using the Compress option. More information can be found within our
Options in PowerPoint 2010 tutorial.
- Change Picture: This option enables you to change one picture on your slide
to another, retaining all the effects (except Adjust and Crop options applied) and
animations applied to the original picture. You don't need to delete the original picture and start
all over again. Just change any existing picture into another with just a couple of clicks. You can find more
information about this option in our
- Reset Picture: This option resets the picture to its original state -- however,
this option will not do a full reset if you have already used the Compress Pictures option, explained
earlier on this page.
- Picture Styles: Similar to
for your shapes, PowerPoint provides
With a single click, Picture Styles transforms a simple looking picture to something that's more highlighted.
- Picture Border:
Apply a border
to your picture -- this can be a simple outline or even a beautiful frame.
- Picture Effects: Apply any of effects individually to your pictures. In all,
PowerPoint provides 6 effects: shadow, reflection, glow, soft edges, bevel, and 3-D rotation. You can
find more information about this option in our
- Resize, Rotate, and Flip Pictures: These are very significant yet basic
picture editing options that you should consider -- these include learning how you can
rotate, and flip pictures.
- Align and Distribute Pictures: You can
your audio clip.
- Reorder Pictures: You may need to
the audio clip as there could be other slide elements also present on the slide.
- Crop: Crop plays a major role in picture adjustments. To explore more about
Crop options, refer to our following tutorials:
- Choose options based on your requirements. Make sure you save your presentation.
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