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
as you can see in Figure 1
-- and then follow these steps.
PowerPoint presentation and sound file
Follow these steps to loop a music (or any sound) file across slides in PowerPoint 2004 on the Mac:
- Navigate to the slide where you want the sound to begin playing, which is usually the first slide of the presentation. Go
to Insert | Movies and Sounds | Sound from File (highlighted in
red), as shown in Figure 2.
Figure 2: Sound from file
- Locate the sound file you want to play, and click Insert, as shown in Figure 3.
Figure 3: Insert Sound
- PowerPoint will prompt you if you want to have the sound on the slide play automatically, as shown in Figure 4
. Choose Yes.
Figure 4: Play automatically
- Control-click (or right-click) the sound icon placed in the center of the slide, and choose Custom Animation
from the contextual menu as shown in Figure 5.
Figure 5: Right-click menu
- This opens the Custom Animation dialog box that you can see in Figure 6 -- with the
inserted sound pre-selected as the object to animate.
Figure 6: Custom Animation
- With the sound object still selected, click the Effect Options button to bring up a dialog box of the same
name. Select the Media Options tab as shown in Figure 7 -- and type in "999" in
the Stop playing After text box (see Figure 7).
Note: You type 999 here since that's the largest number that PowerPoint will allow you to add here.
Figure 7: Effect Options
- Click OK to get back to the Custom Animation dialog box -- and click OK
again to get back to your slide. Now control-click (or right-click) the sound icon placed in the center of the slide again, and
choose the Edit Sound Object option (refer to Figure 5 above).
- This summons the Sound Options dialog box that you can se in Figure 8 below. Make sure
you check the option that says Loop until stopped (highlighted in red).
Figure 8: Sound Options
- Click OK -- in all versions of PowerPoint, 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 - your sound shall still play fine.
- Save your presentation often!
Sound Across Slides in all PowerPoint Versions
Sound Across Slides in PowerPoint 2013 for
Sound Across Slides in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Sound Across Slides in PowerPoint 2010 for
Sound Across Slides in PowerPoint 2008
Sound Across Slides in PowerPoint 2007
Sound Across Slides in 2002 and 2003 for
Sound Across Slides in PowerPoint X for Mac
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