How to Add Music to PowerPoint

Music sets the mood for your presentation

Add music to a slideshow
Music can make a presentation more powerful.

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If you want to add music to PowerPoint, you have a couple of options; you can play music automatically at a certain point in the slideshow, or you can have music playing throughout multiple slides.

Ready to learn how to put music on PowerPoint? How you do so depends on the result you want and the version of PowerPoint you're using.

Note: You cannot add music to PowerPoint presentations in PowerPoint Online. However, if you add music to a slideshow in another version, you can play it and hear the audio using PowerPoint Online.

Audio File Formats Supported by PowerPoint

Before you start adding music to your PowerPoint presentations, be aware the audio file formats that are supported. If it's not listed below, you can't use it:

Windows:

  • AIFF Audio file (.aiff)
  • AU Audio file (.au)
  • MIDI file (.mid or .midi)
  • MP3 Audio file (.mp3)
  • Advanced Audio Coding - MPEG-4 Audio file (.m4a, .mp4)
  • Windows Audio file (.wav)
  • Windows Media Audio file (.wma) 

Mac:

  • AIFF Audio file (.aiff or .aif) 
  • AU Audio file (.au or .snd)
  • MP3 Audio file (.mp3 or .mpga)
  • MP2 audio (.mp2)
  • MPEG-4 Audio file (mp4 or .mpg4)
  • Waveform Audio file (.wav, .wave, .bwf)
  • Audible.com audio (.aa or .aax)
  • Apple MPEG-4 audio (.m4a)
  • Advanced Audio Coding - MPEG-2 Audio file (.aac or .adts)
  • Apple CoreAudio format (.caf)
  • Adaptive Multi-rate Audio (.amr)
  • Ringtone (.m4r) 
  • AC-3 audio (.ac3) 
  • Enhanced AC-3 audio (.eac3, .ec3)

How to Play Music When a Slide Appears

You can start music automatically when a specific slide appears or after a delay.

Note: This feature is supported in PowerPoint 2016, PowerPoint 2013, PowerPoint 2010, PowerPoint 2016 for Mac, and PowerPoint for Mac 2011.

Start music automatically
Play music automatically in PowerPoint.

Start Music Automatically:

  1. Open the PowerPoint presentation.
  2. Go to the slide where you want to add music or add a new slide by selecting New Slide on the Insert tab.
  3. Go to the Insert tab.
  4. Select Audio in the Media section and choose Audio on My PC.
  5. Navigate to the music file on your computer you want to add to PowerPoint and select Insert.
  6. Go to the Audio Tools Playback tab.
  7. Select In Click Sequence or Automatically in the Start list
    1. Note: In PowerPoint 2010, PowerPoint 2013 and PowerPoint for Mac 2011, In Click Sequence is not available.
  8. Go to the Slideshow tab and select From Beginning to test the music.
Play music after delay
Set music to play after a delay in PowerPoint.

Start Music After a Delay:

  1. Open the PowerPoint presentation.
  2. Go to the slide where you want to add music or add a new slide by selecting New Slide on the Insert tab.
  3. Go to the Insert tab.
  4. Select Audio in the Media section and choose Audio on My PC.
  5. Navigate to the music file on your computer you want to add to PowerPoint and select Insert.
  6. Go to the View tab and make sure you're in Normal view.
  7. Select the audio icon on the slide.
  8. Go to the Animations tab, select Add Animation, then select Play under Media.
  9. Select Animation Pane and make sure the audio clip is the first item listed. If you have no other animations in place, it will be the only item.
  10. Select the arrow next to the sound clip and select Effect Options.
  11. Go to the Effect tab.
  12. Select From Beginning under Start Playing
  13. Select After Current Slide under Stop Playing.
  14. Go to the Timing tab.
  15. Select With Previous in the Start list.
  16. Press the Up Arrow in the Delay box to choose how many seconds you want to wait before the music begins.

How to Play a Song Across All Slides

You can play a single song or a collection of music throughout an entire presentation, as well.

Play across slides
Play music throughout a slideshow.

PowerPoint 2016, PowerPoint 2013 or PowerPoint 2010:

  1. Open the PowerPoint presentation in which you want to play music throughout the slideshow; go to the first slide.
  2. Go to the Insert tab, select Audio, then select Audio on My PC.
  3. Navigate to the music file you want to use and select Insert.
  4. Select the audio icon on the slide and go to the Playback tab. Select Play in Background.
    1. Note: In PowerPoint 2010, choose Play Across Slides.
  5. Make sure the Loop Until Stopped check box is selected, as well.
Play across slides
Play music across sides in PowerPoint for Mac.

PowerPoint 2016 or PowerPoint 2011 for Mac:

  1. Open the PowerPoint presentation in which you want to play music throughout the slideshow; go to the first slide.
  2. Go to the Home tab, select Media, then select Audio Browser.
  3. Locate the audio file you wish to add to the PowerPoint presentation and drag it to the slide.
  4. Go to the Format Audio tab.
  5. Select the arrow next to Start in the Audio Options group and choose Play Across Slides.
  6. Go to Playback Options and select Loop Until Stopped.

How to Hide the Audio Icon

You may not want the audio icon to be visible on the slide where you inserted music. Fortunately, hiding it is a simple task.

Hide audio icon
Hide the audio icon during a presentation.
  1. Select the audio clip icon to select it.
  2. In PowerPoint 2016, PowerPoint 2013 or PowerPoint 2010, go to the Playback tab and select the Hide During Show check box in the Audio Options group.
  3. In PowerPoint for Mac, click the Playback Options drop-down arrow, then click Hide Icon During Show