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Add Sound to Animation in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Author: Geetesh Bajaj

Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2011
OS: Mac OS X

Date Created: August 28th 2012
Last Updated: August 28th 2012


Excerpt/Capsule: Learn how to add sound effects that accompany animations in PowerPoint 2011.






The main purpose of adding animation to any slide object is to draw the attention of the audience to some concept. After adding animation, you can set the animation event, and also the speed of the animation. To make it more interesting, you may also want some sound to play along with the animation. One aspect that you should always remember is that although you can add sound to an animation, it is not always necessary to do so -- we suggest you only add sound sparingly -- and even then, you must make sure that the sound adds some value to the animation. In addition, it is important that you use the perfect sound type for any animation -- using clapping or roaring sounds is very cliché. Now that we have made you aware about the caveats, let us go ahead and explore the actual procedure:

  1. Make sure that your slide has an animated slide object. Select the slide object and click the Reorder button (highlighted in red within Figure 1, below) within the Animations tab of the Ribbon, as shown in Figure 1.

    Reorder button within the Animations tab
    Figure 1: Reorder button within the Animations tab

  2. This brings up the Custom Animation tab of the Toolbox as shown in Figure 2. Within the Animation order section, select the animation for which you want to add sound effect, as shown in Figure 2. Now, click on the Effect Options pane that you can see highlighted in red, within Figure 2.

    Animation selected within the Animation order section
    Figure 2: Animation selected within the Animation order section

  3. This reveals the options within the Effect Options pane as shown in Figure 3. Select the Sound option that you can see highlighted in red, within Figure 3.

    Sound option within Effect Options pane
    Figure 3: Sound option within Effect Options pane

  4. This reveals the Sound drop-down list as shown in Figure 4, below. In this list you can select any of the preset sounds that PowerPoint offers -- these have names such as Arrow, Breaking Glass, Bubbles, Camera, etc. The sounds are of a very short duration, typically under 2 or 3 seconds. In Figure 4 you can see that the No Sound option has been selected within the Sound drop-down list, indicated by a tick mark in front of it. Click on any other sound such as Arrow to apply it to the animation.

    Arrow sound being selected to play along with the animation
    Figure 4: Arrow sound being selected to play along with the animation

  5. If you want to add a sound clip other than the available preset sounds, scroll down to the bottom of the Sound drop-down list where you will find the Other Sound option as shown in Figure 5. Select this option.

    Other Sound option within the Sound drop-down list
    Figure 5: Other Sound option within the Sound drop-down list

    This opens the Choose a Sound dialog box as shown in Figure 6. In this dialog box, navigate to the folder where you have saved the sound you want to play along with the animation. Select the required sound file, and click the Insert button (highlighted in red within Figure 6).

    Choose a Sound dialog box
    Figure 6: Choose a Sound dialog box

    Tip: You can only use WAV files for animation sounds – other sound formats such as WMA and MP3 that PowerPoint accepts cannot be used as animation sounds. Also, animation sounds are always embedded rather than linked.


  6. In addition to the preset sound library in PowerPoint, and Other Sound option, you will also find two more options at the top of the Sound drop-down list -- these are No Sound and Stop Previous Sound (highlighted in red within Figure 7).

    No Sound and Stop Previous Sound options within the Sound drop-down list
    Figure 7: No Sound and Stop Previous Sound options within the Sound drop-down list

    Here is an explanation of what these options do:

    • No Sound is the default option. Choosing this option after you add a sound to your animation provides a quick way to remove sound from your animation.

    • Stop Previous Sound lets you stop the sound playing along with a previous animation -- sometimes you may add a longer sound clip and you may not want it to play longer -- in that case, for the next animation, select the Stop Previous Sound option to stop the previous animation's sound from playing further.

  7. After adding the required sound, click the Play button within the Preview group (highlighted in red within Figure 8) to preview the animation. You can hear the added sound playing along with the animation.

    Play button within Preview group
    Figure 8: Play button within Preview group

  8. Save your presentation often.

See Also:

Animation Sounds in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Animation Sounds in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
Animation Sounds in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows

 

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