PowerPoint Adding Narration And Timing Slide Shows
Narration brings your slide show to life. You can record the narration before you do the slide show or as you do the show. You can record comments on certain slides or turn off narration so it will play only when you want it to.
Many people wonder how to set the timing for their slides. One way is to rehearse and time your presentation by actually going through the slides. When you click the mouse to advance your slides, PowerPoint records the timings on the slides for you.
Recording narration and timing slides
As you add narration to your slides, a sound Audio icon shows up on the slide. You can click Play to begin the narration or it can be set to play automatically.
PowerPoint prompts you to record (1) just the slide timings, (2) the narrations, or (3) both at the same time. You can set the slide timings manually as well. The slide timings are useful if you want the presentation to run automatically with the narration.
Recording slide timings also records the times of the animation steps. The timings can be turned off if you don’t want the presentation to use them.
Select Start Recording from the Beginning or Start Recording from Current Slide, depending where you want your narration to begin.
In the Record Slide Show area, check the Narrations and laser pointer. Also check or uncheck the Slide and animation timings.
Click Start Recording.
If you need to pause the narration, click on Pause in the recording shortcut menu and click on Resume Recording to resume.
To end the slide show recording, right-click the slide and then click on End Show.
PowerPoint automatically saves the recorded slide show timings. Your slide show shows up in the Slide Sorter view with the timings shown underneath each slide.
You can rehearse your slide timings.
Select the first slide in your presentation.
Every time you click the mouse or Next button the next animation or slide begins.
Once the rehearsal is complete, you will be prompted to save the timings. Selecting “Yes” assigns the timings to the slides. Selecting “No” cancels the timings so you can go through the process.
Sounds, music or narrations in your PowerPoint presentations can add to a somewhat boring show. Sounds can start immediately or be set so that music will play over a number of slides.
Notes are the area of your slide show located beneath each slide. The space is for adding speaker notes to help the presenter during the presentation. The Notes pane can also be used to write anything about the presentation or even the individual slide. It can be used as a type of cue card.
If the area is left blank, the Notes Pane displays the “Click to add notes” boilerplate text.
The notes pane can also be used to add notes you want printed out with your slide handout.
Each slide has notes associated with it. Whatever you put in the Notes Pane area of any slide shows up only in that slide.
You can see the Notes pane in both Normal and Notes Page views.
In the Normal view, select the slide you want to add notes to. Click inside the Notes pane to activate it. Type in your text.
Your note has been added. Save your presentation.
Basic text formatting is available in the Notes Pane. Bullets and non-bulleted lists or plain sentences can be formatted.
You can print just the notes for the slide show by choosing Notes pages option in the Print dialog box.
Notes Pane is a great place to add notes about your presentation to help you and your viewers get more information on the slide your showing.
What Happens Next?
Microsoft PowerPoint makes it easy to create presentations for your business needs. You can quickly put together a slide show with graphics and images, text and simple animations that will grab your viewer’s attention.
Now that you have the basic steps on how to put together your slides, you are ready to dig deeper and create a dazzling presentation. Take the time to practice putting slides together, adding your own branding and designs.
Your slide shows can be turned into videos to show on YouTube. They can be used in webinars to teach and inform your audience.