How to Pause Audio on a PowerPoint Presentation

Slideshows are, more often than not, accompanied by a great deal of speaking, so it’s no surprise that you might sometimes need to pause the audio during the presentation. PowerPoint allows you to do so with the click of a button.

Pausing Audio During a Presentation

Unless your presentation is intended for viewing without a speaker (like a slideshow full of images for an audience to observe during a wedding), there will likely be a point when you need to pause the audio to answer questions, speak longer on a subject than intended, and so on. Luckily, pausing audio is extremely simple.

Open up the presentation with which you’ll be working. Go ahead and insert your audio if you haven’t done so already.

Once you’re ready, begin your presentation. To do so, select “From Beginning” in the “Start Slide Show” section of the “Slide Show” tab. You can also hit the F5 key.

begin the slideshow

On the slide that contains the audio file, you’ll find the audio icon.

audio icon

If you hover your mouse over the audio icon, a progress bar for the audio file appears, along with a volume slider and play/pause button. Click the pause button to pause the audio.

pause audio

Alternatively, you can press Alt+P to pause and resume audio.

That’s all there is to it. The downside is that this option is not available if you play the audio continuously through the slideshow or hide the audio icon (though you can still use the Alt+P key combo), so plan your presentation accordingly.


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