How to add in audio from red icon .ppta file

Apr 29, 2011

I'm very new to Articulate so I'm sure there is a simple answer to this but I can't figure it out.

I have a presentation that includes the regular .ppt file, a .ppta file that has a red icon (so it must be the audio), and .ppta files that have a blue icon (for quizzes).

I need to publish these files for the web.  The quizzes work fine when I publish but the audio is absent from the entire presentation.  Even if I go to the "Edit audio" button on the Articulate tab, no audio is present.

Is there a way to "add" in the red icon .ppta file so the audio works?  I know how to do this for quizzes and Engage files.  Unfortunately I don't have the original .wav audio files so I can't just redo the audio all together.  

7 Replies
Brian Batt

Hi S P,

Since you're new to Articulate, I'd recommend viewing the screencast in the link below.  It will give you more information about how the files all work together:

After viewing the screencast, can you tell me what method you used to insert audio into your presentation?  Did you import existing audio like in the link below?

Or did you record it directly in Articulate?


I actually can't answer that with certainty - the presentations I'm working with right now were done by someone who has since left...the new ones we do now are done by importing audio, so I would assume this one was done that way too, but I'm not 100% sure.

Are there two different methods for solving this issue? If so I can try both.

Brian Batt

Hi S P,

The PPTA file contains your audio, inserted media, and quizzes/interactions that you've imported using Articulate.  Although the assumption that your audio is inside the PPTA file, it could be that it has completely dropped out of the file.

For more information on this, see the link below:


Thank you, that article solved the problem - turns out that the previous person separated their .ppt file from their .ppta files in different folders.  Once I put them into a single folder and made sure they were named the same, it worked fine.  (That article also had the added bonus of learning why those mysterious -old .ppta files would randomly pop up too, good to know!)  

Thanks again for your help, it's very appreciated!!

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