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Sound Across Slides in PowerPoint 2004 for Mac

Loop an audio clip to play across slides in PowerPoint 2004 for Mac. Using this option, you can span music or any other sound across multiple slides.

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 or music file you want to loop to the same folder as the presentation as you can see in Figure 1, below.


Figure 1: PowerPoint presentation and sound file

Follow these steps to loop a music or any audio file across slides in PowerPoint 2004 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. Then, choose the Insert | Movies and Sounds | Sound from File menu option, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 2, below.

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

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

  6. Figure 4: Play the sound automatically
  7. Right-click (or Ctrl + click) the audio icon placed in the center of the slide, and choose the Custom Animation option from the contextual menu, as shown in Figure 5, below.

  8. Figure 5: Right-click menu
  9. Doing so opens the Custom Animation dialog box that you can see in Figure 6, below. Note that the inserted sound is pre-selected for you as the object to animate.

  10. Figure 6: Custom Animation


  11. With the sound object still selected, click the Effect Options button to bring up a dialog box of the same name. Select the Media Options tab, as shown in Figure 7, below, and type in 999 in the Stop playing After text box, as shown in Figure 7.

  12. Figure 7: Effect Options
  13. Why 999 Slides?

  14. You type 999 in the After text box since that's the largest number that PowerPoint will allow you to add.
  15. Click the OK button to get back to the Custom Animation dialog box, and click OK again to get back to your slide. Now right-click (or Ctrl + click) the audio icon placed in the center of the slide again, and choose the Edit Sound Object option, as shown previously on this page in Figure 5.
  16. This action summons the Sound Options dialog box that you can see in Figure 8, below. Make sure you check the option that says Loop until stopped, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 8. Click the OK button.

  17. Figure 8: Sound Options
  18. 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.
  19. Save your presentation often.

See Also:

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

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