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Sound Across Slides in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Loop a sound clip to play across slides in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.


Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2016

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 and higher

After inserting an audio file, such as a music file within your PowerPoint presentation, do you want to play this sound track across slides without any interruption when you move from one slide to another? Firstly, if a live speaker is spearheading the presentation, then you don't want to add a sound that spans across slides. Why? Because then the sound will distract the audience, and also the speaker. However, if you are showing a sequence of slides that includes pictures and no live presenter is required to speak to the audience, then adding a sound across slides may be a great idea. Even then, a soothing background music score playing across your presentation slides can be a good fit. Stay away from loud or jarring tracks.

Here's how you go about doing this task in PowerPoint 2016:

Remember: As far as possible, work with a presentation that has been saved at least once. Also, do explore our PowerPoint Friendly Audio Formats page to understand which common and exotic audio file types you can insert in PowerPoint. And copy the sound clip you want to loop to the same folder as the presentation.
  1. Navigate to the slide where you want the sound to begin playing, which is usually the first slide of the presentation. And insert the sound clip in this slide. By default PowerPoint 2016 will embed the sound clip within the presentation, but you can opt to link it rather than embed.
  2. Select the audio icon on the slide, as shown in Figure 1

    Audio icon selected
    Figure 1: Audio icon selected
  3. Selecting the audio icon results in the visibility of the Audio Tools Format and Audio Tools Playback contextual tabs on the Ribbon. Click the Audio Tools Playback tab to activate it, as shown in Figure 2.

    Audio Tools Playback tab of the Ribbon
    Figure 2: Audio Tools Playback tab of the Ribbon

    Note: The Audio Tools Playback tab is a contextual tab. Contextual tabs are special tabs in the Ribbon that are not visible all the time. They only make an appearance when you are working with a particular slide object which can be edited using special options.
  4. Within the Audio Tools Playback tab, select both the Play Across Slides check-box (highlighted in red within Figure 3) and Loop until Stopped check-box (highlighted in blue within Figure 3).

    Play across slides and Loop until Stopped check-boxes selected
    Figure 3: Play across slides and Loop until Stopped check-boxes selected
  5. The audio icon we showed in Figure 1 may show when you play in Slide Show view. To counter this issue, you can select the Hide During Show option, highlighted in green within Figure 3, above. Alternatively, just drag this icon to anywhere out of the Slide Area, as shown in Figure 4. Your sound will still play.

    Sound icon moved off the slide
    Figure 4: Sound icon moved off the slide
  6. Play your presentation to ensure that the sound indeed plays across slides.
  7. Save your presentation often!

See Also:

Sound Across Slides in all PowerPoint Versions
Sound Across Slides in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Sound Across Slides in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Sound Across Slides in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
Sound Across Slides in PowerPoint 2008 for Mac
Sound Across Slides in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows
Sound Across Slides in PowerPoint 2004 for Mac
Sound Across Slides in 2002 and 2003 for Windows
Sound Across Slides in PowerPoint X for Mac

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