How to Add Voice Over on Google Slides and PowerPoint

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Article by Vera Mirzoyan

Published 14 Jan 2021
9 min read
How to Add Voice Over on Google Slides and PowerPoint

Many of us attend various courses, seminars and meetings every day. Can you imagine how dull it would be to just listen for 2-3 hours without visuals?   

People are getting lazier day by day. They don't like to listen for a long time or to read a lot. The information we provide to them should be short but concise. That's why perfectly made presentations come to help us. When we look at it for a moment, simply scan all the information with our eyes.   

Do you want to get a ready checklist of online course creation tools?

Why do you need slides?

Slideshare presentations are becoming more and more popular these days, not only, in the teaching process as well as in different business spheres. As an online education provider, you may need to introduce slides to support your teaching courses with additional material.    

65% of the general population are visual learners.   

Research has found that 65% of the general population are visual learners. Why? The answer is obvious: this will help to explain topics better and easier. On the other hand, students get supportive visual material that facilitates the learning process and helps them to remember.   

It does not matter that we live in the 21st century, many of us are not digital enough to organize all this professionally.   

Although teachers tend to create attractive presentations, but some questions arose during the process. One of the most frequently asked questions is how to record audio on Google Slides. In this article, we are going to discover some functions of Google Slides together. 


Why Google Slides? Because this is an easy and effective way to form presentations. Now, let’s go on and read this “how to do guide” related to Google Slides.

How to Add Voice Over to Google Slides

Adding your voice-over google slides may be a great support in your online course creation process. In some cases, your course video may be an explanation of an already made SlideShare presentation.    

Besides, it is said that while some people learn better with visuals, there is a great number of people who prefer listening. That’s why you may also try to help students with voice explanations. If you learn how to add voice to Google Slides, you will go one step further. To make it work, follow the steps.   

1) Upload audio file into Google Drive

Firstly please make sure you have already uploaded your audio file into your Google Drive. After that select Insert in the menu bar, then choose Audio as shown in the photo.


how to add voice over to google slides

2) Insert audio to Google Slides

 Once you choose the Audio tab, a window appears, where you may find all your audio files available in your drive. In the below-presented photo, there is also one audio file. If you have more, choose the one you want to add then click on the Select button.


3) Change audio settings

 There are also some settings to set up on the right corner as shown in the photo. For example, you can choose how to start playing the audio file automatically or just with one click. You can easily adjust the level of volume or stop playing after changing the slide.


change audio settings


4) Preview your slide and audio

With the help of this button you can quickly check the compatibility of the slide and the sound, etc.   

Everything is very simple.   


Therefore, sometimes you need to create an online course which is consisted of both slid pages and a practical presentation of how to do that specific action. In similar cases, you may use Screencast o Matic. 


This tool helps to record your computer screen and your voice meanwhile. You may also turn on the web camera so that you will also be seen in the course video. Recently, I have written an article about the beneficial features of Screencast o Matic. Check it out here.

How to Add Voice Over to PowerPoint

I'm almost sure that the number of users is not inferior to the previous one, so we will discuss this in the sօme details too.   

This is a very advantageous feature not everybody is aware of. 


Thanks to this feature you may record your voice with the computer microphone and attach the slide. Here you get a chance to record either from the beginning of the slide or from any slide you like. You just need to make the following steps.   

1. Choose Slide Show then Record narration from the menu bar of the PowerPoint deck as shown in the displayed photo.   

Once you set up the quality and click on the Ok button, the slide goes into full-screen mode and your recording begins. When the slide pages are over, the recording automatically stops. You may also stop it whenever you like.    

Once you finish, an audio icon appears on the right bottom side of the slide page. Here you may test your narration and change it if necessary. You get a chance to change the audio narration volume, hide during the show, or loop until stopped.   

PowerPoint also provides a feature to add already recorded audio files into the slide. In this case, you need to do the following actions.

1. Click on the Slide Show on the top menu bar 

2. Choose Record Narration 

3.  Click on the Browse button and choose the already made recording. If you like using PowerPoint for your presentations, there are more than one ways to make them more engaging. After you’ve tried the voice-over feature, you may want to attempt creating a video presentation.

Some other features of Google Slides

As I said, this is a very professional tool with all its conveniences, we will try to get acquainted with at least many of them.

How to Change Slide Size in Google Slides

If you are still a beginner, this question probably bothers you a lot. It is just required to click on the Files on the menu bar and then choose the Page Setup option. Take into consideration to check it out in the attached picture.


how to change slide size


From the opened window you should choose one of the offered standard google slides sizes or set up a custom size for your slide. By choosing the right size, you can easily enlarge or minimize it.    

This is the way google slides change slide size and help you meet your teaching requirements, providing an appropriate presentation to your students.


While making presentations with Google slides you may add, delete, and even reorder slide pages.

How to Duplicate a Slide on Google Slides

If you want to duplicate one slide then 

  1. select the slide you want to duplicate.
  2. Click Slide on the menu bar.
  3. Select Duplicate Slide.( Ctrl + D)

If you want several slides, then press the Shift button then choose all the slides you want to duplicate. Then again make a right click and choose the duplicate slides option.

How to Skip a Slide on Google Slides

Many of us use Google Slide and know how professional this program is and how many features it includes. But few of us need the “skip slide” function because its meaning and functionality are less clear.   

And really, why use this if there is another option- just delete?

Now maybe I should explain more clearly.   

Often, after so much time-consuming work, we notice that some points in presentation talk are simply worth skipping, which you may need a lot for future presentations. So deleting is pointless, as you will never know when you might want those slides back.   

This may be in cases when you don’t want to delete the slide but just don’t show it during the presentation often due to some inconvenience or technical defects too.   

 At this point, Google Slides has found a solution for all possible options including a skip slide tool that allows you to quickly hide slides from your presentation.   

Firstly select the slide or slides you want to skip.

And it does not matter if it is on your first page or the last one, this feature is always there and it is quite easy.   

Then make a right-click and choose Skip Slide. 

You will see that the slide is blurred and there is an invisible icon on it. So the slide certainly will be hidden from your presentation. This function works when selecting several slides at once too.   

There is also another way to make the above-mentioned several actions: new slide, duplicate, delete and skip slide. 


The opposite effect also works in case you want to show the skip slide again. That means you can also restore already hidden slides by selecting the slide or slides. Then click on the Slides tab on the menu bar and click on the required function.

To Sum up

Research has found that 65 percent of the general population are visual learners.   

Let's start with this kind of first sentence and end our blog by summarizing the meaning, especially for you. This is the key. I'm sure you now understand that in teaching where online is predominant, how much useful the SlideShare presentations are. So, if you are aware of what you may do with them then you are one step closer to your goals. Create attractive slide sheets your students will enjoy learning with.   

65% is the result of statistics based on long research and the experience of others.


If you haven’t started your online school yet, then you may contact our team. Uteach will help you create a personal teaching platform, conduct live lessons, create video courses, sell them from your own website, operate a blog, organize exams, and automatically get the results. Our team will help you reach your e-teaching career dreams.   

Try to make your "service" better, work on improving its quality and developing your personal growth, otherwise, you will not succeed.



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