Google Slides is a great platform for creating presentations and keeping your audience engaged. It’s a new alternative to PowerPoint, but it doesn’t support audio files. However, there are a few things you can do to work around the issue and add some music to make your presentation even better.
You can find detailed step-by-step explanations on how to add your favorite songs to Google Slides presentations below.
Adding a Link to an Online Music File
You can add music to Google Slides presentations quickly and easily by adding a link to a track you want to hear in the background. You can add music from any online service, including SoundCloud, Spotify, and Grooveshark. Here is how to do it:
- Open a new Google Slides presentation in your browser and find the slide you want to add the music to.
- Click on the “Insert” option and select “Text box”. You can also do it by selecting the “Text box” option in the toolbar.
- Open your browser and go to the online music service where the music you want to add is located. Find the song you want to add and copy the link.
- Open the slide once more and paste the link into the text box you created.
- Resize the text box by clicking on the arrow tool and move it wherever you want on the slide.
- Play the presentation by clicking “View” and selecting “Present” in the pop-up menu. Click on the link and the music will start in a new tab of your browser.
Hide the Video Link
If you don’t want the link to be displayed in the text box, or if it’s just an eyesore, you can place an image over it to make it invisible. Here is how to do it:
- Open the menu and select “Insert”, click on “Image”. Find the photo or image you want to add to your slide. Click on it and hit “Select”. The image will be added to the slide.
- Again, select the arrow tool to resize and move the image where you want it.
- While your image is selected, click “insert link” found in the toolbar. Place the link in the box that appears and hit “Apply”.
After doing that, the link will become invisible and can be activated only when you click the image.
Adding Music from YouTube
You can also add music from YouTube to your presentation. You can do it by adding the link, the same way we explained above. The other method allows you to add a YouTube video directly to your slide. It’s best you try it with shorter music videos when you want to underscore a point or introduce new ideas. The video will play until you advance to the next slide. Here’s how it’s done:
- Open the slide you want to add music to and select “Insert”. Choose “Video” in the menu.
- Open YouTube and search for the video you want.
- Click the video of your choice and hit “Select” to add it to the slide.
- Use the arrow tool to resize the video to the smallest size and place it where you want it.
- Play the video by clicking on it.
Automatic Audio Throughout the Entire Slide Presentation
We’ve learned how to add music to a Google Slide presentation, but what about when you want one song to play throughout the entire presentation? The autoplay option can activate a video or a song on a single slide or the whole presentation. You can set that by doing the following:
Single Slide Autoplay
- Insert the audio file into the slide you want.
- Right click on the video and look for “format option” in the menu. Click on it to turn it on.
- The “Autoplay when presenting” option will become visible on the left side.
- Select the option and the audio will play across the entire slide.
Entire Presentation Autoplay
- Copy the audio you want to add to every single slide of your presentation. All slides must have the same link.
- Play the presentation.
- The music will play automatically throughout the presentation.
Express Your Creativity with a Song
Sure, you can create an exciting presentation using Google Slides. Now that you know how to add music to your slides, you can use your creativity to make a more profound impact on the auditorium. Choosing the right song for a presentation can make all the difference in how people perceive it. With a little practice, you will quickly become a master presenter.