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Sound Across Slides in PowerPoint 2003 and 2002 for Windows

Loop an audio clip to play across slides in PowerPoint 2003 and 2002 for Windows. Using this option, you can span music or any other sound across multiple slides.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2003 and 2002 for Windows

OS: Microsoft Windows XP and higher



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What to do if we link to a slide and all animations are lost?



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 you can see in Figure 1.

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 2003 or 2002 (XP):

  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 opens the Insert Sound dialog box as shown in Figure 3, below. Navigate to the sound track you want to insert and click OK.
  4. Insert Sound
    Figure 3: Insert Sound
  5. PowerPoint brings up a message window, as shown in Figure 4, below asking how you want the sound to start in the slide show. You can choose the When Clicked option, but Automatically works best, so go ahead and select Automatically.
  6. Play automatically
    Figure 4: Play the sound automatically
  7. This action will insert the sound in the slide. Figure 5, below, shows the inserted audio icon that you'll probably find right in the center of the slide.
  8. Sound icon
    Figure 5: Sound icon
  9. Right-click the audio icon and choose the Custom Animation option in resultant context menu, as shown in Figure 6, below.
  10. Right-click menu
    Figure 6: Right-click menu
  11. Doing so will open the Custom Animation Task Pane on the right side of the PowerPoint interface.
  12. Now click the sound file listed within the Custom Animation Task Pane, as shown in Figure 7, below. Click again on the down arrow next to the name of your sound file to bring up a menu. In this resultant menu, choose Effect Options as shown in Figure 7.
  13. Effect options
    Figure 7: Effect options
  14. This action will summon the Play Sound dialog box as shown in Figure 8, below. In the Effects tab, under Start playing choose the From beginning radio button. For the Stop playing option, choose After and type 999, as shown in Figure 8.
  15. Play Sound
    Figure 8: Play Sound
  16. Why 999 Slides?

  17. You type 999 in the After text box since that's the largest number that PowerPoint will allow you to add.
  18. In the Timings tab, match your settings with what you see in Figure 9, below.
  19. Timing tab
    Figure 9: Timing tab
  20. When done, click the OK button to get back to your slide.
  21. Right-click the audio icon again and choose the Edit Sound Object option, as shown in Figure 10, below.
  22. Edit Sound Object
    Figure 10: Edit Sound Object
  23. This action brings up the Sound Options dialog box, shown in Figure 11, below.
  24. Sound Options
    Figure 11: Sound Options
  25. Under Play options check the Loop until stopped check-box (highlighted in red) and click OK.
  26. 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.
  27. Save your presentation often.

See Also:

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

Sound Across Slides in PowerPoint 365 for Windows
Sound Across Slides in PowerPoint 365 for Mac
Sound Across Slides in PowerPoint 2019 for Windows
Sound Across Slides in PowerPoint 2019 for Mac
Sound Across Slides in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Sound Across Slides in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac
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 2008 for Mac
Sound Across Slides in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows
Sound Across Slides in PowerPoint 2004 for Mac
Sound Across Slides in PowerPoint X for Mac
Sound Across Slides in PowerPoint 97 and 2000 for Windows
Sound Across Slides in PowerPoint for the Web

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