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Add sound effects to a presentation

Image suggesting sounds in slide show
Add sound effects to your presentation in Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007. Set them to start and stop when you want them to, and see how to make a sound play for a specified number of slides. Also learn how to play a CD with your show.

About this course

This course includes:

  • Two self-paced lessons and two practice sessions for hands-on experience. Practices require PowerPoint 2007.
  • A short test at the end of each lesson; tests are not scored.
  • A Quick Reference Card you can take away from the course.


After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Insert sound files and select how each one should start and stop.
  • Set up a slide element so that it triggers the sound.
  • Guarantee that your sound will play when you present.
  • Play a CD for a slide show and select the tracks you want.

Before you begin

Before you begin

To do the practice sessions, you need a computer with a sound card, a CD drive, and speakers.

You may want to introduce a slide or make a point by including a sound effect. This course tells you how to play sounds in a presentation — either by inserting a sound file or by playing music from a CD.

For an inserted sound, choose a way to make it start and specify how long it should play, even over a number of slides. Hide the sound icon if you want, and trigger the sound by clicking something else, such as a shape or picture.

For a CD, find out how to set up the tracks that you want PowerPoint to play.

For more about this course, read this page fully, and when you're ready to start the first lesson, click Next.

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