How to make sound play through slides?

Posted on April 7, 2009. Filed under: Powerpoint Tips |

How to make sound play through slides, or how to set a background music for a presentation? We often come across this situation, but few of us notice how to make it.
The following are the solution to this problem. Hope you can benefit a little bit.
Situation 1 Suppose you are using PowerPoint 2003…
To make a sound continue through multiple or all slides, follow these steps:

1. Go to the slide where you want to begin your audio track (defaulted as the first slide), and select Insert -> Movies and Sounds -> Sound from File to insert the sound.
2. After you click OK, you can see a message pop up asking how you want the sound to start in slide shows. Click Automatically.
3. Select Slide Show ->Custom Animation to enter the Custom Animation pane. Your soundtrack is listed below in the pane.
4. In the drop-down list of the sound, choose Effect Options. Then the Play Sound interface appears. In the Effect tab, click the radio button beside Stop Playing After XXX slides (which indicates how many slides you want this song to play across) to enter the number of slides you intend to add. For example, you can enter a number from 1 to 999 for this field. Then the sound will play throughout the specified slides.

5 Next, check the settings in the Timing tab. To play automatically, you can set to Start After Previous with a 0-second delay. Click OK to exit the dialog box.
6 Then go to Sound Settings tab, adjust the sound volume as you like. You can also tick to hide sound icon during slideshow if you don’t want it appear.

Situation 2 Suppose you are using PowerPoint 2007…
It is much easier to make a continuous sound since the latest 2007 version is more comprehensive. Now do as follows:

1. On the slide, click Insert to pick the Sound drop-down list on the very right below the tab. Select Sound from File in the list and choose the specified sound track from your hard drive.
2. Click OK and a message prompts, saying How do you want the sound to start in the slide show? Click Automatically.
3. Now click the sound icon to display the Options tab. Click on the tab, and set Play across slides for Play Sound.

If you can not catch what I wrote, you can simply click into this article for more detail with the guidance of pictures.

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