Recording PowerPoint Audio Narration

Here you’ll find instructions for recording audio narration in PowerPoint Office 365 and 2013-2019.

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 Windows

Devices Selection

Before launching PowerPoint verify your headset is selected as the recording input device.

  1. Right click the sound icon ... in your taskbar and select Sounds. If you don’t see a sound icon, you may need to reveal it. To do so, click the small triangle/chevron ... next to the other icons in your task bar.

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  2. In the window that opens, select the Recording tab.
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  3. Right click the Logitech USB Headset and select Set as Default Device.
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  4. Disable every other device by right clicking each and selecting Disable ...
  5. Next, right click on Logitech USB Headset and select Properties
  6. Select Levels and set the Microphone to 100 and Microphone Boost to 0 dB. This is a good starting point for recording levels.
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  7. Click Apply and then OK.

When needed, repeat these steps to set another device as the default.

When recording with the headset, make sure you have your microphone properly placed and unmuted. The microphone is muted when the red LED is illuminated.

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Recording

Office 365

  1. Click the Slide Show tab ...
  2. Click Record Slide Show and select Record from Beginning to start on the first slide or select Record from Current Slide to start recording from the current slide.
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  3. Click the Video Camera Icon ... to turn off video recording if your recording session launches with your camera on
  4. Press Record ... and begin speaking after the countdown.
  5. Press Stop ... to end recording or press the Next Slide button ... if you wish to continue your recording session on the next slide. It’s important to note that navigating to the next slide will instantly delete any recording that already exists on that slide.
  6. When finished you can exit your recording session by clicking the Close button ... or pressing the ESC key

 

It’s important to check your audio narration to verify a successful recording. When in a recording session press the Replay button ... or on a slide hover over the audio icon and press the Play button.

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Office 2013-2019

  1. Click the ...
  2. Click Record Slide Show and select Record from Beginning to start on the first slide or select Record from Current Slide to start recording from the current slide.
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  3. Uncheck both boxes in the Record Slide Show box and click Start Recording
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  4. At the top corner of the window is the Recording toolbar ..., which can be used to…
    1. Go to the next slide ...
    2. Pause ... the recording
    3. Re-record ... the current slide
  5. To end your recording, right-click on the slide and select End Show or click the X button in the Recording toolbar.
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It’s important to check your audio narration to verify a successful recording. After exiting your recording session, navigate to a slide and hover over the audio icon and press the Play button.

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 macOS

Devices Selection

Before launching PowerPoint verify your headset is selected as the recording input device.

  1. Click the Apple Icon in the upper menu bar
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  2. Select System Preferences
  3. Select Sound ...
  4. Click the Input tab ...
  5. Select the Logitech USB Headset
  6. Speak at a normal volume and observe the Input Level. Hovering in the middle is ideal and it should never go all the way to the right. Adjust the Input Volume as needed
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When needed, repeat these steps to set another device as the default.

When recording with the headset, make sure you have your microphone properly placed and unmuted. The microphone is muted when the red LED is illuminated.

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Recording

Office 365

  1. Click the Slide Show tab ...
  2. Click Record Slide Show to start recording from the current slide. ...
  3. Press the Video Camera Icon ... to turn off video recording if your recording session launches with your camera on
  4. To start recording, push Record ... and begin speaking after the countdown
  5. Press Stop ... to end recording or press the Next Slide button ... if you wish to continue your recording session on the next slide.
  6. Narration for any slide can be deleted by pressing the Trash Can ....
  7. When finished you can exit your recording session by clicking End Show ... or pressing the ESC key.

 

It’s important to check your audio narration to verify a successful recording. When in a recording session press the Play button .... When not narrating, hover over the audio icon located on the slide, and press the Play button.

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Office 2013-2019

  1. Click the Slide Show tab ...
  2. Click Record Slide Show ... to start recording from the current slide
  3. When finished narrating on the current slide press the Forward key to move to the next slide. It is important to be thoughtful when navigating forward or backward in a recording session. Navigating to a slide that already has narration will erase it instantly upon doing so.
  4. When finished you can exit your recording session by pressing the ESC key

 

It’s important to check your audio narration to verify a successful recording. After exiting your recording session, navigate to a slide and hover over the audio icon and press the Play button.

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Published on June 10, 2022 at 11:40:02 am CDT. Last modified on August 04, 2022 at 1:15:18 pm CDT.