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Sound Across Slides in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Learn how to loop a sound clip across slides in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.


Author: Geetesh Bajaj

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

Date Created: September 15th 2011
Last Updated: September 15th 2011






If you want some music playing continuously without any interruption when you move from one slide to another, then you should first make sure that the music clip you are using is suitable for this purpose. A soft music clip that spans across your slides can make the flow between slides smooth, as long as the sound is not jarring or distracting for your audience. Also, if a presenter is going to speak along with the slides -- then it goes without question that you don't want to add a sound that spans across slides. Not only will this make the audience inattentive, but the speaker will be at a distinct disadvantage too. Yet, if you are showing a bunch of successive slides that include pictures -- and no speaker is accompanying the slides -- then adding a music clip to span across slides may be a good idea -- here's how you go about doing this task in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac:

Remember: As far as possible, work with a presentation that has been saved at least once. 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 will embed the sound clip within the presentation -- but you can opt to link it rather than embed -- learn how to insert sound (and embed or link your inserted sound) in our Insert Audio (Sound) in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac tutorial.

  2. Select the sound icon, as shown in Figure 1.

    Audio icon selected
    Figure 1: Audio icon selected

  3. You will notice that selecting the sound icon makes the Format Audio contextual tab active on the Ribbon, as shown in Figure 2 below.

    Format Audio tab of the Ribbon
    Figure 2: Format Audio tab of the Ribbon

    Note: The Format Audio 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. This tab offers you different options to control the playback of the audio you have selected. Within the Audio Options group, click the Start drop-down list. From this list, select the Play Across Slides option (highlighted in red in Figure 3).

    Play across slides option within the Start drop-down list
    Figure 3: Play across slides option within the Start drop-down list

  5. Now click the Playback Options button to bring up the menu. From this menu, choose the Loop Until Stopped option (highlighted in red in Figure 4).

    Loop Until Stopped option within the Playback Options drop-down menu
    Figure 4: Loop Until Stopped option within the Playback Options drop-down menu

  6. You might see a sound icon on the slide where you inserted the sound - if you don't like the icon on the slide, just drag it to anywhere off the slide, as shown in Figure 5 - your sound shall still play fine.

    Sound icon moved off the slide
    Figure 5: Sound icon moved off the slide

  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 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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