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How to Add Music to a Slideshow - Easy and Fast Ways

Last Updated: 2021. 11. 29

Nowadays, slideshow presentation plays a vital role in our daily lives, which can help us illustrate ideas, promote business, and more. Whether you are an office worker, student, or teacher, it seems that making a presentation is an essential skill for all of us. 

To attract the viewers' attention, we often use pictures and videos in the slideshow. However, sometimes, pictures and videos may be not enough to hold individuals' interests. In this case, it is crucial to add music to a slideshow. If you don't know how to do it, no worries, this post will walk you through everything about adding music to the slideshow. Follow the easy-to-understand guides below and add music to your slideshow with great ease.

1. How to Add Music to PowerPoint Slideshow

Microsoft PowerPoint is the most commonly used presentation program, enabling you to add music to a slideshow just with a few clicks. Whether you want to add a single song or multiple songs to a slideshow, this presentation program is able to help you out. Let's see how to add music to PowerPoint slideshow.

After you open the file that you want to add music, follow the steps below:

Step 1
Select a slide that you want to add music.
Step 2
Access the "Insert" tab. You will find the "Audio" icon at the top right of the screen.
Add Music to PowerPoint Slideshow - Step 2

Add Music to PowerPoint Slideshow - Step 2

Step 3
Click on "Audio"> Audio on My PC. A new window will pop up. Now, you can select the music you want to insert in the slide.
Add Music to PowerPoint Slideshow - Step 3

Add Music to PowerPoint Slideshow - Step 3

Step 4
Edit the added audio.

Once you insert the music into the slide, you will see an audio icon on the screen. To edit the audio, you need to select the audio icon in the slide to activate the "Audio Tool." Then, click on "Playback."

Now, you can find several options which allow you to hide the audio icon, loop the music, change the volume, play the music across slides, and more. Edit the audio according to your needs.

Add Music to PowerPoint Slideshow - Step 4

Add Music to PowerPoint Slideshow - Step 4

Step 5
Preview the slideshow. Navigate to "Slideshow Show" and choose "From Beginning."
Add Music to PowerPoint Slideshow - Step 5

Add Music to PowerPoint Slideshow - Step 5

Note
If you want to add multiple songs to different slides, repeat the steps we mentioned above. When editing the audio, please ensure that the "Play Across Slides" option is not selected. Or the songs will be played at the same time when presenting.

2. How to Add Music to a Slideshow on Google Slides

As a free online slideshow maker, Google Slides is an ideal tool for adding background music to a slideshow as well. If you have the "Audio" option in your Google Slides, you can go to Insert > Audio > choose audio files from your drive. However, some users may find that the audio option is not available. How to settle this problem? In fact, there is another method to add music to a slideshow on Google Slides.

Add a YouTube video with audio.

Step 1
Open your file. Click "File "> Open > My Drive
Step 2
Click on"Insert" > Video > By URL.
Add Music to Slideshow on Google Slides - Step 2

Add Music to Slideshow on Google Slides - Step 2

Step 3
Copy YouTube URL. Go to YouTube and search for a music video. Then, right click the URL and select Copy
Add Music to Slideshow on Google Slides - Step 3

Add Music to Slideshow on Google Slides - Step 3

Step 4
Paste the YouTube URL to Google Slides and click "Select." After that, you can see a video on the screen.
Add Music to Slideshow on Google Slides - Step 4

Add Music to Slideshow on Google Slides - Step 4

Step 5
Edit the YouTube video. With the video selected, you can edit the video at will, such as the play methods, start and end time.
Add Music to Slideshow on Google Slides - Step 5

Add Music to Slideshow on Google Slides - Step 5

Step 6
Hide the video. Drag the video out of the slide.
Add Music to PowerPoint Slideshow - Step 6

Add Music to PowerPoint Slideshow - Step 6

Note
Please make sure the video touches the slide's edge(When touching, a red line will appear), or the audio will not play when making the presentation.
Step 7
Preview. Click on the "Present" button on the top right corner of the screen.

3. How to Add Music to Picture Slideshow

When it comes to picture slideshow, background music is necessary as well. A suitable soundtrack can bring your slideshow video to the next level. So, how do we add music to a picture slideshow? An easy-to-use tool is indispensable.

Among all the online slideshow makers, FlexClip can be a nice choice. It is a FREE and simple-to-use tool, enabling you to add music to a slideshow within minutes. On FlexClip, you can enjoy royalty-free stock music as well as numerous pre-made slideshow templates. Additionally, you can level up the slideshow with stylish texts and funny stickers. Let's see how to add music using FlexClip.

Step 1
Upload your photos. Go to "Media"> Local File > Select the pictures you need.
Step 2
Apply a slideshow template. Click "Template" and enter any keywords, like class, birthday, wedding, etc. Then, apply the template you like to the storyboard.
Add Music to Picture Slideshow - Step 2

Add Music to Picture Slideshow - Step 2

Step 3
Add your pictures to the template. Click on "Media" again. Then, drag and drop your picture to the Media section.
Add Music to Picture Slideshow - Step 3

Add Music to Picture Slideshow - Step 3

Step 4
Add background music. Click on "Music" and search for any keywords you need. Click the "+" button to apply the music. Or you can also upload local music.
Add Music to Picture Slideshow - Step 4

Add Music to Picture Slideshow - Step 4

Step 5
Preview and export. Click "Export" at the top right corner of the screen.

The Bottom Line

Adding music to the slideshow is a great way to keep the viewers engaged with your content. Hopefully, this guide does help you when making a slideshow. By the way, if you want to make a photo slideshow, you can quickly get your project done with FlexClip free slideshow templates and powerful editing tools. Try it free now!

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