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Sound Across Slides in PowerPoint 97 and 2000 for Windows

Loop an audio clip to play across slides in PowerPoint 97 and 2000 for Windows. Using this option, you can span music or any other sound across multiple slides.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 97 and 2000 for Windows

OS: Microsoft Windows XP and higher



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Save, Copy Audio Files to Folder, and Proceed

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 shown in Figure 1, below. Then, follow the steps explained on this page.

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 97 and 2000 for Windows:

  1. Navigate the first slide of the presentation and choose the Insert | Movies And Sounds | Sound From File… option, as shown in Figure 2, below.
  2. Sound from file
    Figure 2: Sound from file
  3. Doing so brings up the Insert Sound dialog box as shown in Figure 3, below. Navigate to the folder that contains the sound track you want to insert. Select the sound file and click OK.
  4. Insert Sound
    Figure 3: Insert Sound
  5. Before You Begin with Audio Files

    Do explore our PowerPoint Friendly Audio Formats page to understand which common and exotic audio file types you can insert in your PowerPoint slides.

  6. This action will insert the sound in the slide. Figure 4, below, shows the inserted audio icon that you'll find right in the center of the slide. At the same time, PowerPoint brings up a message window that asks whether you want the sound to play automatically in the slide show. Click the Yes button.
  7. Play automatically
    Figure 4: Play the sound automatically
  8. Right-click the audio icon and choose the Custom Animation option in the resultant menu, as shown in Figure 5, below.
  9. Right-click menu
    Figure 5: Right-click menu
  10. Doing so will open the Custom Animation dialog box as shown in Figure 6, below. In the Multimedia Settings tab, check the Play using animation order option. In the While playing area, choose the Continue slide show radio button. For the Stop playing option, choose After and type 999 for the number of slides, as shown in Figure 6.
  11. Multimedia Settings
    Figure 6: Multimedia Settings
  12. Why 999 Slides?

  13. You type 999 in the After text box since that's the largest number that PowerPoint will allow you to add.
  14. When done, click the OK button to get back to your slide.
  15. Right-click the audio icon again and choose the Edit Sound Object option in the resultant menu, as shown in Figure 7, below.
  16. Edit Sound Object
    Figure 7: Edit Sound Object
  17. This action brings up the Sound Options dialog box, shown in Figure 8, below.
  18. Sound Options
    Figure 8: Sound Options
  19. Under Play options, check the Loop until stopped box, as shown highlighted in red in Figure 8, above, and click the OK button.
  20. In all versions of PowerPoint, you might see an audio 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, and your sound shall still play fine.
  21. Save your presentation often.

See Also:

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

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