How to Add Audio to Google Slides

Our post-modern era calls for compact ideas and time-saving attitudes. Multi-tasking is a term that we came across in the modern and post-modern world. It allows a person to do a number of things at the same time, hence, it helps humans save time while they are in their maximum production state. To save time and effort in explaining a topic, people all over the world started using MS PowerPoint to make presentations. Presentations reduced the extra work of explaining things to a room full of people.

The use of audible and visual material in a presentation adds another dimension to the entire topic. The elaborate and yet not so dense presentations putting no strain on our minds and having easily flowing ideas are liked by everyone.

Google provides its users an option to help their presentations carry an extra depth while being easily comprehensible by the audience.  Google has brought a groundbreaking invention by allowing users to insert audios in their slides. This makes it easier for the audience to comprehend the topic a person is presenting. Audio and visual aids are helpful in making our presentations interesting, and there are very few and easy steps to achieve good quality and convenient slides for your audience.

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Step by Step: how to insert Music to google slides

To start off, we ideally need to be logged into the web browser (preferably Google Chrome) with our Google account. Once the account is set up, you will see a Google apps icon on the top right corner of the homepage. By clicking this icon, you can easily access a number of Google applications within seconds.

How to Add Audio to Google Slides

Once you click this icon, you will see a drop-down menu with a number of Google applications in it. Clicking on the Slides button will take you to the webpage of Google Slides (an alternate version of MS PowerPoint!).

create new empty Slide

The webpage will give you a few options to begin with. You can choose anyone that you think will fit the type of presentation you are preparing for your audience (colleagues/students/fellow scholars/teachers). If any premade template is not fitting your desired template, you can start making your presentation by clicking on the blank page. It will open a fresh file for you, where you can start working promptly.

create blank slide

Once you have started preparing the presentation, you can decide on which slide is your audio going to be played. Once you have decided on the slide number, you open that slide by clicking on it.

The most important step here is to add your desired audio on your google drive first. Once you have selected the slide where your audio will be placed, you need to open your Google drive in another tab (note that you can do this step prior to start making the presentation as well!).

Following steps will explain the seamless process of uploading an audio to your Google Slides.

  • Open Google Drive in your web browser.
  • Click on the New button on the top left corner of the webpage.
new slide from drive

Click on file upload in the dropdown menu.

upload audio file

A dialogue box will open, here choose the audio file from your computer.

select audio file from drive
  • Select the file and click on the open button.

The following dialogue box on Google Drive will show that the file has been uploaded.

upload MP3
  • Once the required audio file is uploaded to Google Drive, go to the Google Slides tab.
  • Click and open the slide where you want to place the audio.
insert MP3 into slides

Click on the insert button in the toolbar.

insert audio  file
  • Select the audio option from the dropdown menu.
  • A dialogue box will open, click on the required audio.
insert audio from drive - How to Add Audio to Google Slides
  • Then click on the select button.

The audio will be uploaded on the selected slide.

add audio into Google slide

You will see a tab of format options on the right side of the screen. One of the most important choices is that Google will allow you to play the audio either automatically when you are on the respective slide, or it will let you click on the play button first.

You can also select the volume of the audio from these options. Moreover, you can choose whether the audio will be played on a loop or only once. It also allows you to put a pause on the audio when you change the slide.

A number of other tabs are also present in the format options such as Size & Rotation, Position, Recolor, Adjustments, Drop shadow, and Reflection. These options are mainly related to the appearance of the audio file on the screen. You can add a reflection and shadow to give depth to the icon and also change its color to make it blend in the background as well. By using these simple and yet effective tricks, you can make your presentations much more approachable and easy on the eyes as well, because the audience will not have to continuously read the slides and hence it will prevent them from getting bored!  

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