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Insert Audio (Sound) in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows

Learn how to insert sound (audio) clips in PowerPoint 2007.

Author: Geetesh Bajaj

Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2010
OS: Microsoft Windows XP / Vista / 7

Date Created: July 16th 2012
Last Updated: July 16th 2012

Sound files of various types such as MP3, WMA, or WAV files can be used in PowerPoint 2007. As far as possible, work with a presentation that has been saved at least once; then copy any sound/music file you want to loop to the same folder as the presentation -- and then follow these steps.

  1. Navigate to the slide where you want to add a sound. From the Insert tab of Ribbon, click the downward arrow below the Sound button to bring up the menu shown in Figure 1. From this menu, choose the Sound from File option (highlighted in red in Figure 1).

    Sound from File option
    Figure 1: Sound from File option

  2. This brings up the Insert Sound dialog box, as shown in Figure 2. Navigate to the folder where your sound clips are saved, and select any file.

    Insert Audio dialog box in PowerPoint 2010
    Figure 2: Insert Audio dialog box

  3. This get you back to your slide and brings up a message window (see Figure 3) asking how you want the sound to start in the slideshow.

    Audio icon placed on slide
    Figure 4: Audio icon placed on slide

    • If you choose Automatically, PowerPoint will play the sound the instant that the slide containing the sound is shown in slide show view.
    • If you choose When Clicked, the presenter will have to click on the sound icon that PowerPoint places on the slide to play the sound.

    You can choose the When Clicked option, but Automatically works best -- so go ahead and select Automatically.

  4. Whichever option you choose (as explained above), PowerPoint will place a sound icon on the center of the slide, as shown in Figure 5.

    Audio icon placed on slide
    Figure 5: Audio icon placed on slide

  5. Save your presentation.

See Also:

Insert Audio (Sound) in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Insert Audio (Sound) in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Insert Audio (Sound) in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
Insert Audio (Sound) in PowerPoint 97, 2000, 2002 and 2003 for Windows


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