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Voice Over PowerPoint

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Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting with Professor Kalinoski’s SPAN 330 class to share how to create a voice over PowerPoint. Although I have seen voice over PowerPoints as a student in 100% online and hybrid courses (meets mostly online, but with a few scheduled face-to-face lectures), I had never created one and was very pleasantly surprised that it was relatively easy to do. The hardest part for me (and, probably, always will be) was actually creating the slide show. But once I had that part done, recording the narration was really very quick and simple.

Detailed instructions with pictures: How to Create a Voice Over PowerPoint (PDF)

Quick instructions:

  1. Click on “Slide Show” in PowerPoint’s ribbon.
  2. Click on “Record Slide Show”.
  3. Choose either “Start Recording from Beginning” or “Start Recording from Current Slide”.
  4. In the little box that opens, be sure that both options are selected and click “Start Recording”.
  5. The slide show will open in Presentation View and you may begin recording your narration.
  6. Click on the X in the upper right of the box to end the recording and take you back to the normal view of PowerPoint.
  7. Click “File” and then under “Info” be sure to click “Opitimize Media Compatibility”. This will ensure that your voice over PowerPoint can be optimally viewed on another computer.

Need further assistance? Contact Carole Porter, Educational Technologist, or (540) 375-2589.