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To add music to your Google Slides presentation



Music is a great way to liven up your Google Sheets presentations and engage your audience. Unlike Microsoft PowerPoint, Google Sheets does not support audio files. The following workarounds allow you to add a soundtrack to each slide. (Updated July 10, 2019 with a new workaround via YouTube.)

Adding a link to an online music file

The easiest way to add music to your Google Slides presentation is to add a link to To create a title from an online music service like Spotify, Soundcloud or Grooveshark.

. 1 Open a Google Slides presentation in your web browser and go to the slide to which you want to add music.

. 2 From the menu, select the Insert> Text field, or click the text box on the toolbar. Click anywhere on the slide to automatically create a text box.

. 3 Go to your favorite online music service, find the title you want to use in your presentation, and follow the instructions on the service to copy the link.

. 4 Return to your slide and paste the track link into the text box you just created.

. 5 Click the arrow tool, resize the text box, and move it to the desired location on the slide.

. 6 To play your presentation, select View> Present from the menu. While the presentation is displayed, click the link to trigger the music. The file opens in a separate browser tab and plays until you close it.

  Google Slide Music Image

Include a music link in your slide design with a photo or clip art.

If you feel the raw text link is a thorn in the eye on your otherwise beautiful slide deck. You can cover it with a picture to better integrate it into your design.

. 1 In the menu select Insert> Image . Search for a photo or clip art. Click on the picture and press . Select to add it to your slide.

. 2 Select the arrow tool. Resize the image and move it to the desired location on the slide.

. 3 With the image selected, click the Insert Link icon in the toolbar. Paste the track link into the box shown and click Apply.

If you now play your presentation, trigger the music by clicking on this image.

Add music from a YouTube video.

The other way to add music to your presentation is a YouTube video. There are two options for this. First, follow the steps above, copy the video link, and paste it into a text box. The second option is to insert the actual video on your slide. This method works best if you want to use a shorter music clip to present an idea or underline a point because the video stops playing as the slide advances.

  YouTube Search for Google Slides

You can search YouTube from the inside using Google Slides with the Insert Video command.

. 1 On the slide to which you want to add music, select Insert> Video from the menu.

. 2 Enter your request in the YouTube search box that appears.

. 3 Click on the video with the desired music and press . Select to place it on the slide.

  YouTube Video with Google Slides

If you're using a YouTube video for your song, resize it inconspicuously.

. 4 With the video selected, on the toolbar, click Format Options .

. 5 Click the arrow next to Video Playback and select the check box next to Autoplay if you are presenting . This will save you the trouble of pausing your presentation to click on the video's play button.

. 6 Click X to close the sidebar with the formatting options.

. 7 Click the arrow tool, resize the video to the smallest size, and position it on the slide where you want it. (You can also resize by specifying dimensions in the sidebar Format options but I find the manual method faster and more intuitive.)

If you see this slide during your presentation, click the miniaturized video to play the music.


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