Add a sound to an animation

The text or object must already have an animation (animate: To add a special visual or sound effect to text or an object. For example, you can have your text bullet points fly in from the left, one word at a time, or hear the sound of applause when a picture is uncovered.) applied to it before you can complete this process.

  1. On the slide, select the text or object you want to add an additional effect to.
  2. On the Slide Show menu, click Custom Animation.
  3. In the Custom Animation task pane (task pane: A window within an Office program that provides commonly used commands. Its location and small size allow you to use these commands while still working on your files.), click the arrow on the selected item in the Custom Animation list (Custom Animation list: The list of animation sequences for a slide. Items are listed in the order in which they are added, and include icons that indicate timing in relation to other animation events.), and then click Effect Options.
  4. On the Effect tab, under Enhancements, click the arrow in the Sound list, and do one of the following:
    • If you want to add a sound from the list, click an option.
    • If you want to add a sound from a file, click Other sound, and then navigate to the file.

 Note   If the path name of a linked file exceeds 128 characters, Microsoft Office PowerPoint is not able to find and play that linked file. In such a case, you can either rename the linked file, or shorten the path name by copying the linked file into the folder where your presentation is located. Then either update links automatically by using the Package for CD feature, or update them manually by removing the sounds from the presentation and then adding them again.

Applies to:
PowerPoint 2003