Record PowerPoint Presentations

Audience: College Staff and Students


  • Users will need to use the Office PowerPoint application, not the web version. You can install Microsoft Office by following the instructions here.

You can record a PowerPoint presentation and yourself narrating it. You can then export it and upload it to ClickView and/ or SEQTA.

Record narration and timings

  1. Select Slide Show > Record Slide Show.
  2. 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.
  3. Select or clear what you’d like for your recording, and then select Start Recording.
  4. 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.

Manage recordings

There are different ways to manage recordings in your presentation:

  • Pause – to pause a recording.
  • Close – to end a recording.
  • Laser PointerPenHighlighter, or Eraser – to use the pointer, ink, eraser, or highlighter tools in your recording.

Remove recordings

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

You can also remove recordings from slides.

  1. Select Record Slide Show > Clear.
  2. 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.

Save recordings

When you’re done recording, save and share your presentation as a MP4 file that can be played on any device. Your recording will automatically play when someone opens the file.

  1. Select File > Save As.
  2. Select where you’d like to save your presentation to.
  3. Under Save as type, select the drop down arrow and then select MPEG-4 video (MP4).
  4. Select Save.

Additional Resources

  • Click here for the online video instructions from Microsoft.

Key Words:

Microsoft Office, PowerPoint, Record, Present