How to Set PowerPoint to Play Audio Automatically

Key takeaways:

  • You can easily set up audio to play automatically in PowerPoint presentations
  • Audio can be set to play from the beginning, across multiple slides, or on specific slides
  • Use high-quality audio files and keep them in the same folder as your presentation to avoid issues
  • Consider using presentation platforms with built-in audio features for more engaging presentations

PowerPoint presentations are an essential tool for business meetings, conferences, and online classes. While PowerPoint is great for conveying information, it can easily become boring if not done right. One way to make your presentations more engaging is by adding audio, such as music or sound effects. Even better, you can set the audio to play automatically, so you don’t have to manually start it during your presentation.

In this article, we’ll show you how to set PowerPoint to play audio automatically, whether you want it to start from the beginning, play across multiple slides, or only on specific slides. We’ll also share some tips for using audio effectively in your presentations.

Playing Audio from the Beginning

If you want your audio to start playing as soon as your presentation begins, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the first slide of your presentation
  2. Click on “Insert” and then “Audio”
  3. Choose “Audio on My PC” or “Record Audio”
  4. Click on the “Playback” tab in the “Audio Tools” section
  5. Under “Audio Options”, select “Automatically” from the “Start” dropdown menu
  6. To test your audio, click on “Slide Show” and then “From Beginning”

That’s it! Now your audio will start playing automatically when you begin your presentation.

Playing Audio Across Multiple Slides

Want background music to play throughout your entire presentation? Here’s how to set that up:

  1. Go to “Insert” and click on “Audio”
  2. Select “Audio on My PC” (or “Audio from File” in older versions of PowerPoint)
  3. Find the audio file you want and click “Insert”
  4. Under “Audio Tools”, click on the “Playback” tab
  5. Select “Play in Background” (in older versions, choose “Play across slides” from the “Start” dropdown menu)

Your audio will now play automatically across all your slides. If the audio file is too short to cover your whole presentation, you can insert additional audio files on other slides or use audio editing software to combine multiple files into one longer track.

Playing Audio from a Specific Slide

Sometimes you may only want audio to play on certain slides rather than the whole presentation. Here’s how to set that up:

  1. Go to the slide where you want the audio to play
  2. Insert your audio file using the “Insert” and “Audio” options
  3. Click on “Animation” and then “Add Animation”
  4. Under “Media”, select “Play”
  5. In the “Animation Pane”, make sure your audio file is first on the list
  6. Click “Effect Options” and select “After Current Slide” and “From Beginning” on the “Effect” tab
  7. On the “Timing” tab, choose “With Previous”

Now your audio will play automatically when you reach that specific slide in your presentation.

Tips for Using Audio in PowerPoint

  • Use high-quality audio files for the best sound
  • Keep your audio files in the same folder as your presentation to avoid broken links
  • Be mindful of audio length – you don’t want your presentation to be mostly music!
  • Consider using presentation platforms with built-in audio features for even more engaging presentations

By following these steps and tips, you can easily add automatically playing audio to your PowerPoint presentations. Used well, audio can help make your presentations more dynamic, engaging, and memorable for your audience.


What audio file types can I use in PowerPoint?

PowerPoint supports a variety of audio formats, including MP3, WAV, and WMA. For best results, use high-quality MP3 files.

How do I adjust audio volume in PowerPoint?

Select your audio file, go to “Audio Tools” and then “Playback”. Under “Audio Options” you can adjust the volume using the slider.

Can I make audio fade in or out in PowerPoint?

Yes, under “Audio Tools” and “Playback”, you can set your audio to fade in or fade out using the “Fade Duration” option.

What if my audio isn’t playing automatically?

First, make sure you have set your audio to play automatically using the steps outlined above. If it still isn’t working, try re-inserting the audio file. Make sure the file path is correct and the file is in the same folder as your presentation.

Can I use copyrighted music in my PowerPoint presentation?

It’s best to only use audio you have permission to use, such as royalty-free music or music you have created yourself. Using copyrighted music without permission could lead to legal issues.