Indezine Logo




Format Tab for Audio Clips in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Explore the Format Ribbon tab for audio clips in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows. These options relate to the visual format of the sound icon.


Author:

Product/Version: PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 and higher



Learn PowerPoint

Explore single and double-byte fonts in PowerPoint.



Insert an audio clip in your PowerPoint slide, and you see two contextual Audio Tools tabs on the Ribbon. These are the Format and Playback tabs, as shown highlighted in blue within Figure 1, below.

Audio Tools contextual tabs for an audio clip
Figure 1: Audio Tools contextual tabs for an audio clip

Contextual Tab

The Audio Tools Format and Audio Tools Playback tabs are Contextual tabs. Contextual tabs are special tabs in the Ribbon that are not visible all the time. They only make an appearance when you are working with a particular slide object which can be edited using special options.

In this tutorial, we will explore the Format tab. Once you explore options within the Format tab, you'll wonder why there are options to adjust, arrange, resize, and apply picture styles. Also, why does PowerPoint provide picture format options for an audio clip? That's because the audio clip is represented by a sound icon as shown in Figure 1, previously on this page.

By default, PowerPoint provides a sound icon for the audio clip. You can select this sound icon and use the picture format options provided within the Audio Tools Format tab. One feature though has been deprecated in PowerPoint 2016; this is the Change Picture option for sound icons. In PowerPoint 2013 and previous versions, you could change the sound icon to any other picture. To do so, you right-clicked the sound icon in PowerPoint 2013. From the resultant contextual menu, you could choose the Change Picture option. Thereafter, you could choose any picture of your choice.

Change the Picture of the Icon?

If this option to change the picture of an icon is important for you, you can still use the Change Picture option in PowerPoint 2010 or 2013, and you will find that PowerPoint 2016 respects this change.

Follow these steps to understand options within the Audio Tools Format tab in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows:

  1. Select your inserted audio clip on the slide, and then access the Audio Tools Format tab of the Ribbon. Options within the Audio Tools Format tab are explained below, 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:
  2. 1. Remove Background

  3. This option 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 Remove Background from Pictures tutorial.
  4. 2. Corrections

  5. 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 Picture Corrections tutorial.
  6. 3. Color

  7. This option comes handy when you want to change the color of the picture. The resultant effect changes the overall color feel of the picture, like a monochromatic tint. You can find more information about this option in our Changing Color of Pictures tutorial.
  8. 4. Artistic Effects

  9. Here you can select various artistic effects from the Artistic Effects drop-down gallery. To learn more about this option, refer to our Artistic Effects for Pictures tutorial.
  10. 5. Compress Pictures

  11. 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 Compress Pictures in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows tutorial.
  12. 6. Reset Picture

  13. 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.
  14. 7. Picture Styles

  15. Similar to Shape Styles for your shapes, PowerPoint provides Picture Styles. With a single click, Picture Styles transform a simple looking picture to something that's more highlighted.
  16. 8. Picture Border

  17. Apply a border to your picture. This can be a simple outline or even a beautiful frame.
  18. 9. Picture Effects

  19. Apply any of the 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 Picture Effects tutorial.
  20. 10. Resize, Rotate, and Flip Pictures

  21. These are very significant yet basic picture editing options that you should consider. These include learning how you can resize, rotate, and flip pictures.
  22. 11. Align and Distribute Pictures

  23. You can align your audio clip.
  24. 12. Reorder Pictures

  25. You may need to reorder the audio clip as there could be other slide elements also present on the slide.
  26. 13. Crop

  27. Crop plays a major role in picture adjustments. To explore more about Crop options, refer to our following tutorials:
  28. Choose options based on your requirements. Make sure to save your presentation often.

See Also:

14 11 04 - Audio in PowerPoint - Advanced: Format Tab for Audio Clips in PowerPoint (Glossary Page)

Format Tab for Audio Clips in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Format Tab for Audio Clips in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

You May Also Like: How to Build Digital Signage Information Screens | Pest PowerPoint Templates


Popular Posts

Creating Slide Backgrounds in Photoshop for PowerPoint
Creating Slide Backgrounds in Photoshop for PowerPoint
Learn how to create slide backgrounds for PowerPoint in Photoshop.

Formatting Arrows (Arrowheads) in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Formatting Arrows (Arrowheads) in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Learn how to format arrowheads for lines in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.

Creating Semi-Circles in PowerPoint 2013
Creating Semi-Circles in PowerPoint 2013
Learn how to create a semi-circle in PowerPoint 2013.

Apply Two or More Animations to One Object at the Same Time in PowerPoint
Apply Two or More Animations to One Object at the Same Time in PowerPoint
Apply multiple animations to one slide object in PowerPoint, and make all animations play together.



Jigsaw Graphics for PowerPoint

Here are 10 jigsaw graphics containing different shapes. These graphics are available in both black and white and are contained within separate sample presentations that you download. Additionally, these jigsaw graphics are vector shapes, so you can easily edit them within your Microsoft Office program by changing fills, lines, and effects or even applying Shape Styles.

Download and use these Jigsaw Graphics in your slides for just $4.99+

This is the original page. An AMP (Accelerated Mobile Page) version of this page is also available for those on mobile platforms, at Format Tab for Audio Clips in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.


Microsoft and the Office logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

Home | PowerPoint | Photoshop | PowerPoint Templates | PowerPoint Tutorials | Blog | Notes | Ezine | Media Kit | Feedback | Site Map | About Us | Contact Us

Link to Us | Privacy | Testimonials

PowerPoint Backgrounds | Christian PowerPoint Backgrounds | Business PowerPoint Presentation Templates

Plagiarism will be detected by Copyscape

©2000-2022, Geetesh Bajaj. All rights reserved.