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'. 

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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:

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 1. File > Options > Customize Ribbon  2. Main Tabs > select Recording > click OK  3. The Recording tab looks like this.