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Sound Across Slides in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows

Loop an audio clip to play across slides in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows. Using this option, you can span music or any other sound across multiple slides.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2007 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 you can see 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 2007 for Windows:

  1. Navigate to the slide where you want the sound to begin playing, which is usually the first slide of the presentation. On the Insert tab of the Ribbon choose the Sound | Sound from Files 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. Locate the sound file you want to play, and click the OK button.
  4. Insert Sound
    Figure 3: Insert Sound
  5. This action will insert the sound in the slide. Figure 4, below, shows the inserted audio icon that you'll probably find right in the center of the slide. At the same time, PowerPoint brings up a message window 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.
  6. Play automatically
    Figure 4: Play automatically
  7. Select the audio icon to activate the Sound Tools Options tab on the Ribbon as shown in Figure 5.
  8. Options tab of the Ribbon
    Figure 5: Options tab of the Ribbon
  9. Contextual Tabs

    The Sound Tools Option tab is a contextual tab. 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.

  10. In the Sound Options group, click to open the Play Sound list, and choose the Play across Slides option from the resultant drop-down list, as shown in Figure 6, below.
  11. Play across Slides
    Figure 6: Play across slides
  12. Select the Loop until Stopped option on the Sound Options group as shown in Figure 7.
  13. Loop until Stopped
    Figure 7: Loop until stopped
  14. 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.
  15. 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 2004 for Mac
Sound Across Slides in PowerPoint 2003 and 2002 for Windows
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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