How do I make a recording in Powerpoint?

Powerpoint allows you to record narration over your slides and save this as a video file (mp4). This articles describes how to do this in Powerpoint for Office 365, Powerpoint 2019 and PowerPoint 2016.

Record narration and timings

Select Slide Show > Record Slide Show.

Choose from two options:

  •  Start Recording from Beginning - to record from the beginning of a presentation.
  • Start Recording from Current Slide - to record from a specific slide.

Select or clear what you'd like for your recording, and then select Start Recording.

Start speaking or add markings to your presentation.

Note: Audio won't record when slide transitions happen so let these play first before you start speaking.

Remove Recordings

A sound icon appears on a slide to show when a recording is available.

You can also remove recordings from slides.

Select Record Slide Show > Clear.

Choose from four options:

  • Clear Timing on Current Slide - to delete timings on the current slide.  
  • Clear Timings on All Slides - to delete timings from all slides at once.
  • Clear Narration on Current Slide - to delete narration on the current slide.
  • Clear Narration on All Slides - to delete narration on all slides at once.

Export recordings

When  you're done recording, save and share your presentation as a video. You can then upload this to your My Media on Blackboard.

Select File > Export

Select where you'd like to save your presentation to.

Under Export as type, select the dropdown arrow and then select Mp4

Select Save.

Watch a short video

This short video (11mins) explains the steps above.

Powerpoint's recording studio

PowerPoints  recording studio now gives you an enhanced recording experience and more options when recording your presentation:

Learn more about Powerpoint's recording studio here.