Add music or sound effects to a slide

You can add music, songs, or sound effects that play:

  • Automatically when you display a particular slide.
  • When you click the sound icon on a particular slide.
  • Over one or multiple slides.

For more background information before you work with music, songs, or sound, see About music and sounds.

Add, music, songs, or sound effects

  1. Display the slide to which you want to add music or sound effects.
  2. On the Insert menu, point to Movies and Sounds, and then do one of the following:

ShowInsert a sound file

  • Click Sound from File, locate the folder that contains the file that you want, and then double-click the file.

ShowInsert a sound clip from Clip Organizer

  • Click Sound from Clip Organizer, scroll to find the clip that you want, and then click it to add it to the slide.

 Note   To search for clips in the Clip Organizer, fill in the Search for box, and then click Go. To get more information about finding the clip that you want, including details about finding files by using wildcard characters and about adding your own clips to the Clip Organizer, click Tips for finding clips at the bottom of the task pane.

  1. Double-click the sound file that you want to insert.
  2. When a message is displayed, do one of the following:
    • To play the music or sound automatically when you go to the slide, click Automatically.
    • To play the music or sound only when you click the sound icon Icon image, click When Clicked.
  3. To adjust the settings for when the sound file stops, click the sound icon Icon image, right-click, and then click Custom Animation.
  4. In the Custom Animation task pane, click the arrow on the selected item in the Custom Animation list, and then click Effect Options.
  5. On the Effect tab, under Stop playing, do one of the following:
    • To stop the sound file on mouse-click of this slide, select On click (the default).
    • To stop the sound file after this slide, select After current slide.
    • To keep the sound file playing for several slides, select After, and then set the total number of slides the file should play on.

ShowTips

  • If the length of the sound file isn't long enough for continuous play on a slide, click the sound icon Icon image, right-click, click Edit Sound Object, and then, in the Sound Options dialog box, select the Loop until stopped check box to repeat the sound continuously.
  • You can also add music to a presentation by playing a CD. Music that is played from a CD is not added to the slide. To create settings for the CD, on the Insert menu, point to Movies and Sounds, and then click Play CD Audio Track.
  • To make the sound icon invisible in a slide show, select the Hide sound icon during slide show check box in the Edit Sound Object dialog box. Use this option only if you set the sound to play automatically, or if you create some other kind of control, such as an action button, to click to play the sound. Note that the sound icon is always visible in normal view.
  • 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