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Insert Online Audio in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Learn how to insert online audio clips in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows. You need to be connected online for this feature to work.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 and higher



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You can insert an audio file from your PC into your PowerPoint slide. PowerPoint 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 presentation in PowerPoint 2013.

  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, as shown in Figure 1, below. From this menu, choose the Online Audio option, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 1.
  2. Online Audio option
    Figure 1: Online Audio option
  3. Doing so brings up the Insert Audio dialog box, as shown in Figure 2, below. Within this dialog box you'll find online picture service providers listed, such as Office.com Clip Art.
  4. Insert Audio dialog box
    Figure 2: Insert Audio dialog box
  5. Now, type in the keyword(s) within the box placed next to the service you want to insert the picture from, and press the 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.
  6. Based on the keyword(s) entered, you'll get results in the next window, as shown in Figure 3, below. Select any audio clip. The selected audio clip is indicated by a highlighted border, as shown in Figure 3). Then, click the Insert button highlighted in blue within Figure 3.
  7. Insert Audio dialog box with results
    Figure 3: Insert Audio dialog box with results
  8. 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, as shown highlighted in blue within Figure 4, below. Make sure that the speakers are connected.
  9. Audio clip inserted on the slide
    Figure 4: Audio clip inserted on the slide
  10. The selected audio clip will be downloaded and inserted within your slide, as shown in Figure 5, below. To preview to the inserted audio clip, click the Play button, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 5.
  11. Audio clip inserted on the slide
    Figure 5: Audio clip inserted on the slide
  12. Make sure to save your presentation often.

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