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Sound Across Slides in PowerPoint 2008 for Mac

Learn how to loop a sound clip across specific slides in PowerPoint 2008.


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Product/Version: Mac OS X

OS: Microsoft PowerPoint 2011






Remember: 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
Figure 1: PowerPoint presentation and sound file

Follow these steps to loop a music (or any sound) file across slides in PowerPoint 2008 on the Mac:

  1. 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 as shown in Figure 2.

    Sound from file
    Figure 2: Sound from file
  2. Locate the sound file you want to play, and click Insert, as shown in Figure 3.

    Insert Sound
    Figure 3: Insert Sound
  3. PowerPoint will prompt you if you want to have the sound on the slide play automatically, as shown in Figure 4. Choose Yes.

    Play automatically
    Figure 4: Play automatically
  4. 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.

    Custom Animation
    Figure 5: Right-click menu
  5. This brings up the Custom Animation palette that you can see in Figure 6. Click the triangle next to the Media panel to reveal the panel (again refer Figure 6).

    Custom Animation
    Figure 6: Custom Animation
  6. As you can see in Figure 6, I have changed the Stop playing after option to 999 slides since that's the largest number that PowerPoint allows you to type in.
  7. Now with the sound icon on your slide still selected, choose View | Formatting Palette as shown in Figure 7.

    View menu
    Figure 7: View menu
  8. This brings up the Formatting Palette as shown in Figure 8. Change the Play option to Across Slides, and check the Loop Until Stopped option as well.

    Formatting Palette
    Figure 8: Formatting Palette
  9. 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.
  10. Save your presentation often!

See Also:

Sound Across Slides in all PowerPoint Versions
Sound Across Slides in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
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 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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PowerPoint 2016 and 2011 for Mac
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