Advanced Audio Options in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
Explore the advanced audio options in PowerPoint 2010 for looping, playing, rewinding, etc.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2010
OS: Microsoft Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8
Date Created: March 12th 2013
Last Updated: March 12th 2013
When you insert an audio clip into a PowerPoint slide, you can control its volume, set it to play looped, or even hide the audio icon. These are some of the advanced options available for any inserted audio clip in PowerPoint. Remember that these advanced options only exist so that you can use them when they are required, rather than using them just because they exist! Let us now explore all these options:
- Open your presentation, and navigate to the required slide where you have already
inserted an audio clip.
Select or double-click the audio clip to bring up 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 highlighted in red within Figure 1.
Figure 1: Audio Tools Playback tab of the Ribbon
- Within the Audio Tools Playback tab, locate the Audio Options
group, as shown in Figure 2.
Figure 2: Advanced audio options within the Audio Tools Playback tab
Within this group you'll find the advanced audio options. Let us explore them as marked in Figure 2 above:
- Volume: This button enables you to set the volume for your audio clip.
Click the downward arrow within the Volume button to open the Volume drop-down gallery,
as shown in Figure 3. Within the Volume drop-down gallery choose
one of the following options: Low, Medium, High,
Figure 3: Volume drop-down gallery
Note that you are restricted to set the volume at only the Low, Medium, and High levels within the Volume drop-down gallery. On the other hand, you can set the volume to whichever level you want by clicking on the Volume button on the Player Controls bar below the actual audio clip on the slide, as shown in the bottom right of Figure 4, below.
Figure 4: Volume button in the Player Controls bar
- Start: Here you can specify how you want your audio to start during
your presentation. Click the Start list to bring up a drop-down list, as
shown in Figure 5.
Figure 5: Start drop-down list
There are three options within the Start drop-down list:
Automatically: Play your audio when the slide (containing the audio) appears in Slide Show view, automatically.
On Click: Plays your audio by clicking on the audio itself in Slide Show view.
Play across slides: Plays your audio across the slide. You can learn more about this option in our Sound Across Slides in PowerPoint 2010 tutorial.
Tip: See our Sound Across Specific Slides in PowerPoint 2010 tutorial to play the sound across specific slide.
- Loop until Stopped: Plays your audio repeatedly and continuously when
the active slide is shown.
- Hide During Show: Select this check-box to hide your audio clip graphic in
Slide Show view.
This option makes sense only if you set the Start option for the audio to
be Automatically or Play across Slides. On the other hand, if you
choose On Click, you should never pair that with selecting the Hide During
Show check-box -- if you do so, you won't be able to see anything you can click!
- Rewind after Playing: Select this check-box to rewind your audio once it has played
during your presentation. This can be useful if you need to play an audio clip more than once while you are still presenting the same slide which contains that audio clip.
- Volume: This button enables you to set the volume for your audio clip. Click the downward arrow within the Volume button to open the Volume drop-down gallery, as shown in Figure 3. Within the Volume drop-down gallery choose one of the following options: Low, Medium, High, and Mute.
- Choose options based on your requirements. Make sure you save your presentation.
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