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How to Add Voice Over to PowerPoint 2010 Slides (Using Built-in Functionality)

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The first “3 Minute Teaching With Tech Tip” Video Shows how Easy it is to Narrate Over PowerPoint 2010

Have you ever wondered how hard (or easy) it is to add voice narration to PowerPoint Presentations in Office 2010? It's really not very difficult at all!

Our 2012 article, Add Voice Over to PowerPoint Presentations in 5 Easy Steps, is consistently one of the most viewed posts on the site, attracting thousands of readers every month. This deals with PowerPoint 2007 though, and PowerPoint 2010 works differently.

This video shows just how easy it is to tackle this with PowerPoint 2010. The cool thing is that you have 2 choices – adding voice clips to individual slides (which is really easy), or narrating over sets of slides (which isn't very hard, but it is a little more involved).

Regarding the title of the video: I am intending to create a series of “3 Minute Teaching With Tech Tip” videos in the coming months. I hope you like the idea! I know I am much more likely to check out a tech tip if it is short and to the point.

Getting More In-Depth With Slide Narration

If you do start to dive a little deeper into narrating over PowerPoint 2010 slide decks, here's Microsoft's page on how to do this, which has further explanation of things like setting and using slide timings: Record and add narration and timings to a slide show.

Happy Narrating!

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  1. Hi Nubinsha –

    I am guessing that your microphone is struggling to pick up your voice since you can’t it to peak into the yellow or red. This might also explain the noise level – if you have to crank the sound up to hear it because it was recorded at a low volume, you are likely to get noisy, poor quality audio. You may need to try a different mic. You may also want to try recording on a different device. Also, if you are recording in a noisy environment, this could be part of the problem, but that’s less likely.

  2. hello..i tried the above things and i got some problems with setting the microphone level…in the video when u speak t goes into red zone..but mine s always in d green zone…plus wen i listen to my narration noise is louder dan my voice…cud u tellme how to solve this???

  3. Hi Tertia – The logical assumption would be that you are either picking up background noise from your environment, or from your computer. If you are recording in a quiet setting, then it would seem likely that either your computer’s fan or hard drive is giving off noise that your mic is picking up. What is recording the sound … a built in laptop mic? I like to use the mic on an external web cam (I use a Logitech C90) so I can have the mic placed slightly away from the computer and closer to my mouth (be careful not to have the input too high though – that will cause you voice to break up).

  4. Great good sense and clarity from Lee and Michael. Based on only three long-form books but numerous mid-length audio DVDs, my view is that breaths should be left in, but at much reduced level and length. Sometimes they are part of the expression – perhaps to indicate parentheses, italics or an emotion.

  5. – MS Office PowerPoint is one of the best ways to present ideas through visual aids like photos, text and videos. This post by Kelly would surely help many educators and users of the app to create their presentations that include their own voice over embedded on a video.

  6. […] The first "3 Minute Teaching With Tech Tip" Video Shows how Easy it is to Narrate Over PowerPoint 2010 "This video shows just how easy it is to tackle this with PowerPoint 2010. The cool thing is that you have 2 choices – adding voice clips to individual slides (which is really easy), or narrating over sets of slides (which isn’t very hard, but it is a little more involved)."  […]

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