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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 and press the Record Slide Show button.
  3. The Record Slide Show box appears. You can choose what types of recording you want to do. Recording slide timing will remember how long you took on each slide. Make sure that the second option is clicked in or
  4. Start Recording to begin 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.


    By default, you will record your narrations starting from the first slide. To start narrations later, click on the bottom part of the Record Slide Show button and select the second option.

  5. When the slide show is done, you will be returned to the powerpoint. Start the slide show to make sure that everything recorded correctly. If you don't like the narration, click on the bottom part of the Record Slide Show button and use the Clear feature to remove narrations and timings.


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

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