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Sound Across Slides in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Loop an audio clip to play across slides in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows. Using this option, you can span music or any other sound across multiple slides.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 and higher



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After inserting an audio file such as a sound track within your PowerPoint presentation, do you want to play this sound track across slides without any interruption when you move from one slide to another? Yes, that's doable as we shall explore in this tutorial. Of course, you must first be sure that the sound you are using is suitable for this purpose. You can opt for a soothing background music score to play across your presentation slides without distracting your audience.

Sound Across Slides: Pros and Cons

Yes, playing across slides in PowerPoint is a great feature but it has its caveats. If a presenter is going to speak along with the slides, then, it goes without saying that you should double check if you must add any music clip that spans across slides. Not only can a looping music audio make the audience inattentive, but the speaker will be at a distinct disadvantage too, trying to compete with the audio clip for the audience's attention.

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.

Save, Copy Audio Files to Folder, and Proceed

As far as possible, work with a presentation that has been saved at least once. Also, do explore our PowerPoint Friendly Audio Formats page to understand which common and exotic audio file types you can insert in PowerPoint. And copy the sound clip you want to loop to the same folder as the presentation.

Here's how you can add a music audio clip to play across slides in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows:

  1. Navigate to the slide where you want the sound to begin playing, which is usually the first slide of the presentation. Now, insert an audio (Sound) clip in this slide. By default, PowerPoint 2013 will embed the sound clip within the presentation. However, you can opt to link rather than embed.
  2. Select the audio icon, as shown in Figure 1, below.
  3. Audio icon selected
    Figure 1: Audio icon selected
  4. You will notice that selecting the audio icon makes the Audio Tools Format and Audio Tools Playback contextual tabs visible on the Ribbon. Click the Audio Tools Playback tab to activate it, as shown in Figure 2.
  5. Audio Tools Playback tab of the Ribbon
    Figure 2: Audio Tools Playback tab of the Ribbon
  6. Contextual Tabs

  7. The Audio Tools Format and Audio Tools Playback tabs are contextual tabs. 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.
  8. Within the Audio Tools Playback tab, select both the Play Across Slides check-box, highlighted in red within Figure 3, below, and Loop until Stopped check-box, highlighted in blue within Figure 3.
  9. Play across slides and Loop until Stopped check-boxes selected
    Figure 3: Play across slides and Loop until Stopped check-boxes selected
  10. You might see an audio icon on the slide where you inserted the audio file. This icon may also show when you play the slides in Slide Show view. To counter this issue, you can select the Hide During Show option, highlighted in green within Figure 3, above. Alternatively, just drag this icon to anywhere off the slide, as shown in Figure 4, below. Your sound shall still play fine.
  11. Sound icon moved off the slide
    Figure 4: Sound icon moved off the slide
  12. Play your presentation to ensure that the sound indeed plays across slides.
  13. Save your presentation often.

See Also:

Audio in PowerPoint - Basics: Sound Across Slides (Glossary Page)

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