Part 5: Create and animate objects on a slide — Patriotic Theme — Add Audio (music)

In Tutorial on May 24, 2013 at 3:33 pm

This step-by-step series of tutorials will show you how to animate shapes and text to create a customizable patriotic slide with background music. This fifth tutorial focuses on inserting audio (music) into the slide.

Patriotic Theme Slide - Add Sound Effects (audio)

Patriotic Theme Slide – Add Sound Effects (audio)

Insert Audio In this slide we’ve added patriotic music to play as background music. Here’s how to insert audio files using PowerPoint 2013.

  1. On the Insert tab,go to the Media Group and click on the More Arrow under the Audio Button. Choose Audio Online.

    Insert Audio

    Insert Audio

  2. When the Insert Audio Search Pane appears, type in Patriotic, and click the Search icon

    Audio Search Pane

    Audio Search Pane

  3. Choose Military Open > Insert



  4. The audio file will appear on your slide like this:

    Audio File Icon

    Audio File Icon

  5. Click and Drag the Speaker icon to move the file off of the slide like this:

    Move audio file

    Move audio file icon

  6. With the Audio File selected, Set it to Play in Background by going to Audio Tools in the Ribbon > Playback > Play in Background (this will change Start to Automatically)

    Audio File Playback

    Audio File Playback

  7. With the Audio file selected, go to the Animations tab in the Ribbon > Advanced Animation > Animation Pane to open the Animation Pane. You’ll find the Audio file animation at the bottom of the other Animation Effects.

    Animation Pane

    Animation Pane

  8. Select the file and drag it to the top of all the other Effects. Set it to Start with Previous.
    Insert Audio Results

    Insert Audio Results


This tutorial is part of a 5 part series. To learn other drawing and animation techniques to create a slide like this, click any of the following links:

Draw and Animate the red bars

Draw and Animate the red stars

Create and Animate custom text (with Fragment Shapes Tool)

Draw and Animate the shooting stars

Insert Audio (music)


Download the PowerPoint file from here


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