Save Sounds That Are Embedded in PowerPoint Slideshows

Copy any embedded audio file for use in a different presentation

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Music and other sound objects that are embedded in a PowerPoint slideshow can be extracted and used in another presentation or for any other purpose. How you go about extracting the audio file depends on your version of Microsoft Office. Follow this tutorial to learn how to extract audio from PowerPoint slideshows.

Information in this article applies to PowerPoint 2019, 2016, 2013, 2010, 2007, 2003; and PowerPoint for Office 365.

Extract Embedded Sounds in PowerPoint 2019, 2016, 2013, and 2010

Beginning with PowerPoint 2010, sound files are embedded in presentation files by default. This method of extracting a sound file works on .pptx files in PowerPoint 2019, 2016, 2013, and 2010 for Windows PC.

Extract Embedded Sounds From a ZIP File

You need to set Windows File Explorer so it shows file names with extensions in order to follow this process.

  1. Open Windows File Explorer.

  2. Select the presentation file (in .pptx format), right-click, and choose ​Copy.

  3. Right-click a blank area in the folder where you want to place a copy of the file and choose Paste.

  4. Rename the copy of the presentation to differentiate it from the original.

  5. Change the file extension of the copied file from .pptx to .zip.

  6. Press Enter and select Yes to continue. The file icon changes to a folder icon.

  7. Double-click the ZIP folder to reveal a list of folders inside.

  8. Double-click the ppt folder in the list of folders.

  9. Double-click the Media folder and copy the sound files to another folder.

Extract Embedded Sounds (PowerPoint 2007)

To extract an embedded sound file in a PowerPoint 2007 presentation:

  1. Open the PowerPoint 2007 presentation file. 

    To edit the file, first open PowerPoint and then open the presentation file.

  2. Select the Office button and choose Save As.

  3. In the Save As dialog box, select the Save as Type down arrow and choose Web Page (*.htm; *.html).

  4. In the File name text box, enter a file name.

  5. Select Save.

PowerPoint creates a file with the new filename and an HTM extension. It also creates a new folder, called yourfilename_files, containing all the embedded objects in the presentation. At this point, close PowerPoint.

Open the newly created folder to see all the sound files listed, along with any other objects that were inserted into the presentation. The file extensions are the same type as the original sound file type. The sound objects will have generic names, such as sound001.wav or file003.mp3.

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If the new folder contains many files, sort the files by type to quickly locate these sound files.

To sort files by type:

  1. Right-click a blank area of the folder window.

  2. Choose Arrange Icons by > Type.

  3. Look for the files with file extensions of WAV, WMA, or MP3. These are the sound files that were embedded in the original PowerPoint show file.

Extract Embedded Sounds (PowerPoint 2003)

To extract an embedded sound file in a PowerPoint 2003 presentation:

  1. Open PowerPoint 2003. 

    Do not double-click directly on the file icon to open PowerPoint, which would open the PowerPoint 2003 presentation. You want to be able to edit the file, so you must first open PowerPoint and then open this file.

  2. Go to File, select Open, and choose the presentation file.

  3. From the menu, choose File > Save as Web Page.

  4. In the File name text box, enter a file name.

  5. Select Save.

PowerPoint 2003 creates a file with the new file name and an HTM extension. It also creates a new folder, called yourfilename_files, containing all the embedded objects in your presentation. At this point, close PowerPoint.

Open the newly created folder to see all the sound files listed, along with any other objects that were inserted into the presentation. The file extension is the same type as the original sound file type. The sound objects will have generic names, such as sound001.wav or file003.mp3.