Recording In PowerPoint

What is Recording In PowerPoint?

Turn a slide presentation into a video recording that has narration. You record the presentation in PowerPoint 2016 and then share it with your audience, who can watch it as a PowerPoint Show or as a video. Some educators use recorded lessons as part of a 'flipped classroom'. 

powerpoint2016 recording screen

The Recording tab in PowerPoint 2016 gives you this ability and goes even further with more interactive elements—like quizzes—to include in a presentation. Your interactive video can contain:

  • Audio narration
  • Video narration (Office 365 subscribers only)
  • Screen recordings that show actions you take on your computer
  • Quizzes and polls
  • Simulations, videos, and live web pages
  • Real-time digital inking (Office 365 subscribers only)

These features are embedded into the recorded presentation. As the author, you can preview your recording by using Slide Show, which is the same way that viewers will experience the presentation.

 N.B. This feature has previously been in preview under the name of Office Mix. That preview has now ended, and all the features are now included in PowerPoint 2016 as standard. So don't worry if you see a lot of references to Office Mix; that is now Recording in PowerPoint 2016. To learn how to turn on the feature see How to Enable the Recording Tab in the Learn More About Recording in PowerPoint section below. 


Tell Me A Bit More. Why Should I Use Recording In PowerPoint?

You might already use PowerPoint in the your classroom. But how do you… 

  • Make yourself available when students need to listen to your lessons more than once?
  • Accommodate students who learn at different rates?
  • Check the comprehension of each student in the class, not just the most vocal ones?
  • Create video-based lessons without a lot of knowledge about video production and technology?


With Recording in PowerPoint, creating a lesson is as easy as adding a handful of interactive elements to your PowerPoint presentation and saving it as a PowerPoint Show or a Video. Then just share in Office 365 as you might any other file; for example as a file in SharePoint or a video in Stream. You can create interactive lessons that:

  • Can be watched one time or as many times as a student needs to.
  • Can be watched sped up or slowed down, from the beginning or from any slide.
  • Contain quizzes that check student comprehension.
  • Contain audio and video using your webcam and built-in microphone or any other audio-visual peripherals attached to your PC
  • Show you speaking directly to students.
  • Show ink being drawn on key parts of your slide to focus your students' attention.
  • Include screen recordings of other applications running on Windows.

But don't take my word for it. Have a look at these great examples of what you can do with Recording in PowerPoint


Learn More About Recording in PowerPoint 

How to create and record presentations in PowerPoint 2016

How to share your recorded PowerPoint presentations

Discover how teachers can make use of recording presentations in PowerPoint 2016 (formerly OfficeMix)

Recording in PowerPoint for Education (formerly OfficeMix)

How to Enable the Recording Tab in PowerPoint 2016

The Recording tab gives you an easy way to insert any of these features from one place. But the tab isn't automatically turned on. Turn it on as illustrated here:

powerpoint2016 customize ribbon powerpoint2016 enable recording powerpoint2016 recording tab image
 1. File > Options > Customize Ribbon  2. Main Tabs > select Recording > click OK  3. The Recording tab looks like this.




What is Sway?

Sway allows you to create interactive, digital presentations that can easily be shared and viewed on the web, on any device.

  • Add text, pictures, videos, audio and more.
  • The QuickStarter feature allows you to enter a topic, and Sway will automatically find content that you may want to include.
  • Share with the world, just your friends via social media, or just send the link to a select group of people.
  • View on your computer, phone or tablet. It is proper web content and so looks great on all devices.

To get started with Sway, visit in any browser and then click Sign in on the top menu bar.

Read more: Sway

Microsoft Forms

What Is Microsoft Forms?

Create surveys, polls and custom tests. Send out the web link to the test in a variety of ways: in an e-mail; as a link in a shared OneNote document; or embed in a webpage or in OneNote Online. People can respond to it using any web browser, even on mobile devices. You can provide automatic feedback based on the answers chosen, and automatically mark the test if it is all multiple choice questions. You can also review all the tests submitted back to you and provide further feedback if required. Form data, such as test results, can be easily exported to Excel for additional analysis or grading.


Tell Me A bit More. Why Should I Use Microsoft Forms?

Microsoft Forms was developed for the education market, and provides an easy way to asses pupils progress on a regular basis. Some of the things that you can do with Microsoft Forms are:

  • Create multiple choice tests that mark themselves, and can even give feedback to pupils as they complete them.
  • Include mathematical symbols in your questions e.g. x, y2 , <, ≥, √, ÷ etc.
  • Add a picture or video to a question.
  • Create tests that require longer text answers, and that you can then assess and provide feedback on.
  • Easily distribute tests via links, QR codes, e-mail or embed them in web pages.
  • Integrate with other Office 365 products, for example embed a test in OneNote or Sway.
  • Collaborate with other teachers on the creation of a test by sharing with each other.
  • Easily access real-time summary information about your test, such as number of responses, average score, and test's current status.
  • Drill down into that summary information for further analysis, or export to excel.
  • Share your test with other teachers and collaborate on its creation.
  • Use branching to create more elaborate tests.
  • Use Forms for surveys and feedback questionnaries as well, including anonymous responses; for example a survey to parents.

Read more: Microsoft Forms

Immersive Reader

What is Immersive Reader?

Immersive Reader is a free tool that implements proven techniques to improve reading and writing for people, regardless of their age or ability. Immersive Reader can improve reading comprehension and increase fluency for English language learners. It can help build confidence for emerging readers learning to read at higher levels, and offer text decoding solutions for students with learning differences such as dyslexia.

It is available in OneNote, Word, and the web version of Outlook. It is also available in Office Lens for iOS.


Tell Me a Bit More. Why Should I Use Immersive Reader?

immersive reader example

Immersive Reader lets you: 

  • Change font size, text spacing, and background colour.
  • Split up words into syllables.
  • Highlight verbs, nouns, adjectives and sub-clauses.
  • Choose between two fonts optimised to help with reading.
  • Read out text aloud, and change the speed of reading.

    Immersive reader can even work with pictures scanned from books, not just text typed directly into OneNote. The Optical Character Recognition (OCR) built into OneNote can actually decipher text within a picture, and then make that available in the Immersive Reader.

    Check out these videos below to discover more.

    Read more: Immersive Reader

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