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Recording Narration in PowerPoint 2007

Benefits of recording narration in PowerPoint slides:


To record audio, you will need a microphone for your PC. Headset microphones can be purchased inexpensively at most computer stores.


Recorded narration can significantly increase the size of your PowerPoint presentation. If you have a long presentation with recorded narration, it may take several minutes for students to download your file and it may take you several minutes to upload your file to myWPI. If this is a concern for you, contact the ATC at to discuss alternatives.

Recording Narration

  1. Open your presentation in PowerPoint.
  2. From the menu bar, select Slide Show > Record Narration.
  3. The Record Narration box appears.
  4. Make sure the Link narrations in: box is unchecked.
  5. Click Change Quality to adjust the sound. The Sound Selection box appears.
  6. In the Attributes field, use the drop-down menu to select 16,000 kHz, 8 Bit, Mono.
  7. Click OK.
  8. Click Set Microphone Level to test your microphone before recording. The Microphone Check box appears.
  9. Use the slider bar to adjust the volume so you can hear it at an appropriate level.
  10. Click OK.
  11. On the Record Narration box, click OK to start recording. The slide show will begin. Speak into the microphone to record your voice. Click to advance each slide as you would if you were presenting live.


    If you did not have the first slide of the presentation selected when you started the recording process, a box appears asking if you want to start your narration on the current slide or on the first slide.

  12. When the slide show is done, the screen turns black. Click again. A box appears telling you that your narrations have been saved. The box also asks if you would like to save the slide timings as well. If you click Save, your presentation will be saved with times for each slide. Slides will remain on the screen as long as the time indicated and will then advance to the next slide. This works well if you want your presentation to cycle through without a user having to click to advance each slide.


Students may also use these instructions to narrate presentations that they submit electronically via myWPI.

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