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Slide Transition Sounds in PowerPoint 2013

Learn how to add slide transition sounds in PowerPoint 2013.

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Adding sound effects to slide transitions in PowerPoint is a decision that needs so much thought because a sound playing with every slide transition can unnecessarily distract your audience. Having said that, there are occasions when a sound effect can be wisely applied to PowerPoint slide transitions, especially with picture slides -- or maybe even a chime sound for just one slide? Whatever you decide, let us explore how you can add a slide transition sound in PowerPoint 2013:

  1. Open your presentation and navigate to a slide that already has a transition applied. Access the Transitions tab of the Ribbon, and locate the Sound option (highlighted in red within Figure 1).

    Sound option within the Transitions tab
    Figure 1: Sound option within the Transitions tab

  2. Now, click the down-arrow within the Sound option to summon a drop-down list, as shown in Figure 2.

    Sound drop-down list
    Figure 2: Sound drop-down list

    Within the Sound drop-down list (refer to Figure 2 above), you can choose from among PowerPoint’s default sounds, or you can choose any of the other options. These options are explained below, as marked in Figure 2, above:

    1. No Sound: Selected by default, makes sure there is no sound assigned to the transition. Also removes any sound that has been already applied.

    2. Stop Previous Sound: Stops any transition sound that is already playing. This is useful if the previous sound was very long and did not complete when you moved on to the next slide, or in case you used the Loop Until Next Sound option (we explain this further in point D, later).

    3. Other Sound: This opens the Add Audio dialog box, from which you can select any WAV sound file stored on your system. Select the required sound file, and click the OK button (highlighted in red within Figure 3) in this dialog box to add your sound clip to the transition.

      Add Audio dialog box
      Figure 3: Add Audio dialog box

      Tip: By default, you can use only WAV files as sounds in slide transitions within PowerPoint 2013 -- other file formats for sounds, such as MP3 and WMA are not accepted. However WAV files are typically larger in size than the same MP3 file. You can actually use an MP3 file with a WAV header and trick PowerPoint – learn more about creating such files in our Use CDex to Add WAV Headers to MP3 Files tutorial.


    4. Loop Until Next Sound: An on/off toggle option that causes the sound you have selected to loop continuously across slides. To stop this sound, transitions within subsequent slides should either have a sound associated, or the Stop Previous Sound option selected (see point B, above).

  3. You can apply the same sound to all slide transitions in your presentation by clicking the Apply To All button located within the Transitions tab (highlighted in red within Figure 4). Remember, having the same sound play without reason can cause a huge amount of irritation -- so use this option with caution.

    Apply To All button within the Transitions tab
    Figure 4: Apply To All button within the Transitions tab

  4. Apply sounds to your slide transitions as required following the above steps, and save your presentation. Do test your slides in slide show mode to ascertain how the transition sounds are performing.

See Also:

Slide Transition Sounds in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Slide Transition Sounds in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

 

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