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Sound Across Slides in PowerPoint 2002 and 2003 for Windows

Learn how to loop a sound clip across specific slides in PowerPoint 2002 and 2003.


Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2010

OS: Microsoft Windows XP and higher

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.

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 2002 (XP) and 2003:

  1. Navigate the first slide of the presentation and choose Insert | Movies And Sounds | Sound From File… as shown in Figure 2.

    Sound from file
    Figure 2: Sound from file
  2. This opens Insert Sound dialog box as shown in Figure 3. Navigate to the sound track you want to insert and click OK.

    Note: PowerPoint allows you to insert several types of sounds in various formats -- but WAV, WMA, and MP3 work best.
    Insert Sound
    Figure 3: Insert Sound
  3. PowerPoint brings up a message window, as shown in Figure 4 asking how you want the sound to start in the slideshow. You can choose the When Clicked option, but Automatically works best -- so go ahead and select Automatically.

    Play automatically
    Figure 4: Play automatically
  4. This will insert the sound in the slide -- Figure 5 shows the inserted sound icon that you'll probably find right in the center of the slide.

    Sound icon
    Figure 5: Sound icon
  5. Right-click the sound icon and choose Custom Animation in resultant context menu (see Figure 6).

    Right-click menu
    Figure 6: Right-click menu

    This will open the Custom Animation Task Pane on the right side of the PowerPoint interface.
  6. Now click the sound file listed within the pane - 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 (see Figure 7).

    Effect options
    Figure 7: Effect options
  7. This will summon the Play Sound dialog box as shown in Figure 8. In the Effects tab, under Start playing choose the From beginning radio button. For the Stop playing option, choose After and type 999 (refer to Figure 8).
    Note: You type 999 here since that's the largest number that PowerPoint will allow you to add here.
    Play Sound
    Figure 8: Play Sound
  8. In the Timings tab, match your settings with the following screenshot.

    Timing tab
    Figure 9: Timing tab

    When done, click OK to get back to your slide.
  9. Right-click the sound icon again and choose the Edit Sound Object as shown in Figure 10.

    Edit Sound Object
    Figure 10: Edit Sound Object
  10. This brings up the Sound Options dialog box (see Figure 11).

    Sound Options
    Figure 11: Sound Options

    Under Play options check the Loop until stopped check-box (highlighted in red) and click OK.
  11. 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.
  12. 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 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

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