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Add Bookmarks for Audio Clips in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Learn to add bookmarks within audio clips in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows. Bookmarks are saved locations within the timeline of the audio clip.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

OS: Microsoft Windows XP and higher



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One of the very important, new abilities in PowerPoint 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 Bookmarks you add to an audio clip become indicators of the position from where you want to play the clip.

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 in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows:

  1. Open your presentation, and navigate to the required slide where you have already inserted an audio clip. 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 highlighted in red within Figure 1, below.
  2. Audio Tools Playback tab of the Ribbon
    Figure 1: Audio Tools Playback tab of the Ribbon
  3. Contextual Tabs

  4. The two contextual tabs in Audio Tools are Format and Playback. 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.
  5. Now, ascertain where you want to add the Bookmark. There are three ways to do so:
    1. Click the Play button, as shown 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.
    2. Scrub the audio by dragging within the Player Controls bar, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 2, below, to the exact position you want.
    3. Click inside the Player Controls bar, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 2, below, and then use the Move Forward and Move Back buttons, as shown highlighted in blue within Figure 2, to fine-tune the position where you want to add the Bookmark.
  6. Using any of the three ways explained above, you get to the position on the Player Controls bar where you want to add a Bookmark, as shown in Figure 2.
  7. Audio paused to add a Bookmark
    Figure 2: Audio paused to add a Bookmark
  8. Now, select the Audio Tools Playback tab in the Ribbon, and click the Add Bookmark button, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 3, below.
  9. Add Bookmark button within the Bookmarks group
    Figure 3: Add Bookmark button within the Bookmarks group
  10. This action adds a Bookmark, represented by a yellow dot on the audio timeline within the Player Controls bar to indicate the bookmark location, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 4, below.
  11. Bookmark your Audio and Video Clips
    Figure 4: Bookmark is added on the video time line within the Player Controls bar
  12. 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, as shown in Figure 5, below. This indicates that the Bookmark is no longer selected. To select it again, click on the white dot, which will turn yellow again to indicate that it has been selected.
  13. Bookmark no longer active within the Player Controls bar
    Figure 5: Bookmark no longer active within the Player Controls bar
  14. 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.
  15. Selected Bookmark depicts a yellow dot within the Player Controls bar
    Figure 6: Selected Bookmark depicts a yellow dot within the Player Controls bar
  16. Once you are done with adding bookmarks, you can play the slide in Slide Show view. Hover your cursor over the audio clip to see the Player Controls bar containing the Bookmarks. You can see all the four bookmarks we added in Figure 7, below.
  17. Bookmarks displayed within Slide Show view
    Figure 7: Bookmarks displayed within Slide Show view
  18. 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.
  19. Make sure to save your presentation often.

See Also:

14 10 01 - Bookmarks in Audio Clips: Add Bookmarks for Audio Clips in PowerPoint (Glossary Page)

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