Save Sounds That Are Embedded in PowerPoint Slideshows

Copy any embedded audio file for use in a different presentation

Music or other sound objects that are embedded in a PowerPoint slideshow can be extracted for use in another presentation or any other purpose. How you go about extracting the audio file depends on your version of PowerPoint.

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Extract Embedded Sounds in Powerpoint 2016, 2013, and 2010

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

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

After that: 

  1. Select the .pptx presentation file in Window Explorer.
  2. To copy the file, right-click and choose ​Copy or use the Control + C keyboard shortcut.
  3. Right-click and choose Paste or use the Control + V shortcut.
  4. Rename the copy of the presentation.
  5. Change the file extension of the copied file from .pptx to .zip.
  6. Click Enter. Then, click 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 folder entitled Media. Copy the sound file to another location. (If you aren't sure which one it is, copy the entire Media file and figure it out later.)
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Extract Embedded Sounds From PowerPoint 2007 Slideshows

Extract embedded sound files from PowerPoint 2007 slide show by saving in HTML format
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To extract an embedded sound file in a PowerPoint 2007 presentation:

  1. Open PowerPoint 2007. Do not double-click directly on the file icon to open PowerPoint, which would open the PowerPoint 2007 presentation. You want to be able to edit the file, so you must first open PowerPoint and then open this file.
  2. Click the Office button and search for the presentation file on your computer. It will be in this format: FILENAME.PPS.
  3. Open the presentation file.
  4. Click the Office button once again, and choose Save As...
  5. In the Save As dialog box, click the Save as Type: drop-down list, and choose Web Page (*.htm; *.html).
  6. In the File name: text box, the file name should be the same as the original file.
  7. Click 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, you can close PowerPoint.

Open the newly created folder to see all the sound files listed, along with any other object that was 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.

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

Sort Files by Type

  1. Right-click in 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.

The sound files must be embedded for you to extract them. You can't extract linked files.

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Extract Embedded Sounds From PowerPoint 2003 Slideshows

Save PowerPoint slide show in HTML format to extract embedded sounds in PowerPoint
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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. Search for the presentation show file on your computer. It will be in this format: FILENAME.PPS.
  3. Open the presentation show file.
  4. From the menu, choose File > Save as Web Page... or you can also choose File > Save As...
  5. Click the Save as Type: drop-down list, and choose Web Page (*.htm; *.html).
  6. In the File name: text box, the file name should be the same as the original file. The file extension will vary depending on the method you chose.
  7. Click 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, you can close PowerPoint.

Open the newly created folder to see all the sound files listed, along with any other object that was 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.

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

Sort Files By Type

  1. Right-click in 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.

The sound files must be embedded for you to extract them. You can't extract linked files.