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How to Add Narration to Google Slides

How To Add Narration To Google Slides? 3 Easy Steps

To make your presentation more appealing, it’s a good idea to use media files like audio in Google Slides app

It’s a fantastic technique to convey ideas to your audience without having to speak out loud. When you truly know how to do it, this is an excellent presentation technique that is incredibly simple.

We’ll show you three different of how to add narration to google slides presentations in this article.

How to Directly Add Narration

If you want to add a specific narration to your Google Slides presentation, the best way to do it is to record the narration yourself. This could mean that you are narrating, or you choose another person to narrate for you.

Either way, you will need to create the audio clip from scratch.

Below, we have listed 4 steps that you will need to follow to ensure that your narration gets successfully added to your presentation.

1. Choosing a Suitable Voice Recorder

These days, it is easier than ever to record a narration. Providing you have a decent smartphone, you can simply record yourself talking by using the ‘Microphone’ or ‘Voice Notes’ function.

If you have a digital voice recording gadget, you can use that. This may ensure better sound quality compared to using a smartphone.

2. Recording Your Narration

Make sure that you record your audio in a quiet, isolated room where no other noises will interfere with your recording. Even a fan blowing in the next room could affect your audio, so you would be better off shutting the door while you record.

You should also think about writing a script, so you can make sure that you’ve included each required point in your narration. You may forget some points if you don’t go by a script.

Once you have recorded your script, upload it onto your computer.

3. Inserting The Narration

After recording the narration, upload the audio file to Google Slides by selecting File > Open > Upload. The next step is to select the ‘Audio’ option from the drop-down menu, after clicking on ‘Insert’.

To add audio to the chosen slide, select your audio recording from the ‘Insert Audio’ box and click the ‘Select’ button. The speaker icon then needs to be moved to its desired location.

4. Testing The Presentation

Test the presentation by playing through it in its entirety, checking that the audio is playing on the correct slides. 

Don’t forget to save your presentation once completed.

How to Add Audio From a Separate Link

Perhaps you have already found an audio recording that you would like to use in your presentation, or you need to play a specific audio recording that another person has created. 

In this case, you will need to insert that audio from its specific website onto your Google Slides presentation.

Continue reading to view the 4 steps that you will need to follow to make sure that your chosen audio gets successfully added to your presentation.

1. Choosing The Audio

Once you have found your desired audio, you will need to download it in a suitable form onto your computer. Make sure that you have saved the audio into a file that you remember, so you don’t lose it.

2. Choosing a Slide

Next, you will need to select the slide where you want the audio to be played. Click on this slide, and leave it open.

3. Inserting The Audio

Using your mouse, right-click on an image or text that is already existing on your chosen slide. To paste the audio link, press Ctrl + K and select Apply. By doing so, you can attach the audio of your choice to the image or text and have it play when the slide is shown.

4. Testing The Presentation

Play the entire presentation through to ensure that the audio is playing on the appropriate slides.

Don’t forget to save your presentation once completed.

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How to Add Audio From YouTube 

Have you found a specific audio that would be perfect to play over your presentation, but it is from a YouTube video? 

Don’t worry, there is a way that you can easily transfer the audio from a video onto your Google Slide presentation.

Below, we have listed 6 easy steps that you can follow to transfer audio from a YouTube video onto your presentation.

1. Choosing Which Video Clip You’d Like to Use

Once you have found the YouTube video you want to use the audio of, make sure you have it readily available. If you’re not using it right away, be sure to save it to a playlist, or add to ‘Play Later’, so you don’t lose it.

2. Choosing a Slide

The slide on which you wish the audio to play must then be chosen. This slide should be clicked and left open.

3. Inserting The Video Clip

After selecting the desired slide, go to Insert > Video to open the ‘Insert’ video panel. Paste the YouTube audio link in the By URL tab, and then click ‘Select’.

4. ‘Removing’ The Video Clip From The Slide

We’re going to assume that you don’t want the video to actually play on your presentation and that you only want to play the audio. If this is the case, then you will want to drag the video outside the slide. 

This will mean that the audio will still play, but you won’t be able to view the video on the presentation.

5. Checking That ‘Autoplay’ is Working

When the right panel appears, right-click the video and select the Autoplay when presented option.

If Autoplay is disabled, you will have to actively click on the YouTube video in order to start the audio, which you cannot do if the video is not displayed on the screen.

6. Testing The Presentation

Make that the audio is playing on the proper slides by watching the complete presentation. Once your presentation is finished, don’t forget to save it.

Final Thoughts

Whether you want to borrow already-existing audio for your presentation, or you want to record it from scratch, it is so simple to insert audio into a Google Slide presentation when you know what to do.

Follow each of the steps above, and you will be able to add audio to your presentations in no time at all.

We hope you found this article helpful.

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