Sound Across Specific Slides in PowerPoint 2013
Learn how to loop a sound clip across specific slides in PowerPoint 2013.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8
Once you add an audio/sound track to your PowerPoint presentation, you can let the inserted audio span across all your slides from the first one to the last by selecting the Play across slides option. That's great if you need the same music playing on all your slides. But what if you want the music to play only across some successive slides? What if you want the music to play from slide 1 to 12, and let all slides thereafter play without any music? Or you may want to add another audio clip for the next set of slides? Either way, it is possible to limit the number of slides that your music will play across.
Follow these steps to stop your music after specific number of slides in PowerPoint 2013:
- We assume you have already added a music clip and set it to
play across slides. In that
case, proceed straightaway to Step 4 of this tutorial. Others can
insert the audio clip in the slide
where you want the music to start playing.
- Now, select the music icon so that you can see the two contextual Audio Tools tabs in the Ribbon. These two tabs are
Format and Playback -- click the Playback tab to activate
it, as shown in Figure 1 (highlighted in red).
Figure 1: Audio Tools Playback tab selected within the Ribbon
- Within the Audio Tools Playback tab, select the Play Across Slides
check-box as shown highlighted in red within Figure 2. Also
select the Loop until Stopped (highlighted in blue within
Figure 2) and the Hide During Show (highlighted in
green within Figure 2) check-boxes.
Figure 2: Required check-boxes selected to play the sound across slides
- Now, access the Animations tab of the Ribbon. Click the
Animation Pane button, highlighted in red within
Figure 3: Animation Pane button
- This bring up the Animation Pane
Task Pane, as shown in
Figure 4: Animation Pane Task Pane
Note: The Animations Pane button works as a toggle option as far its visibility of the Animations Pane Task Pane is concerned. The first time you click the Animation Pane button (highlighted in red within Figure 3, above), the Animations Pane Task Pane becomes visible. If you click the same button again, this causes the Task Pane to be hidden.
- Within the Animation Pane Task Pane, you will see an animation associated with your
audio clip (highlighted in red within Figure 4, above) -- double
click this animation.
- This brings up the multi-tabbed Play Audio dialog box, as shown in
Figure 5. Within the Effect tab, locate the After radio
button -- it may contain a value of 999 slides now, as shown highlighted in
red, within Figure 5.
Figure 5: Do you want the music to span 999 slides?
Tip: Why does the After option contain a value of 999 slides? That's because 999 is the largest number that PowerPoint can accept for spanning audio clips across slides, and Play Across Slides option that we chose earlier (see Figure 2, above) caused the After option to populate with the number, 999.
- Now, change the value from 999 to the number of slides after which you want the music to stop. For
example, you may want the audio clip to only play for 12 consecutive slides -- in that case, replace 999 with
12. Once done, click the OK button to get back to your slide.
Tip: If you want your first music clip to play for slides 1 to 12, and then start another music clip on slide 13 that plays for several more consecutive slides, go ahead and add a new audio clip on slide 13. Thereafter bring up the Play Audio dialog for this audio clip, as shown in Figure 5, above -- type in the number of slides you want this new audio clip to span in the After box.
- Make sure you save your presentation often.
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