How to Narrate a Slide in Open Office


OpenOffice is a free, open source productivity application suite that includes presentation, database, graphics, word processing and spreadsheet software. OpenOffice Impress, the presentation software, allows you to create presentation slides. To narrate a slide is to add a sound file to it, usually music or a voice-over to explain the information on the slide. Before adding narration, you must have an MP3 file already available or recorded on your computer.

  • Open OpenOffice and click "Presentation." Click "Open existing presentation" if you already have a presentation ready. Click "Open" if you are opening a presentation and choose the file you want. Click "Open" again.

  • Navigate to the slide you want to narrate. Select it. If you want the narration to play for the length of the presentation, click on the first slide to insert the sound.

  • Click "Insert," "Movie and Sounds." The "Insert Movie and Sound" dialog box appears.

  • Navigate to your sound file. Select it. Click "Open." The sound file will be inserted into the presentation and a sound icon will appear on the slide that you have selected. You can click and drag the icon off the slide so that it won't appear. The sound narration will still be activated but won't be seen during the presentation.

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