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Playing sound

Musical notes on a slide
Make a sound file play when you want it to, even over several slides, in a Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003 presentation. 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.
  • 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 a sound file and play it continuously in a slide show.
  • Play a CD for a slide show and set its tracks.
  • Change how a sound starts, make it repeat, and hide its icon.
  • Guarantee that your sound will play when you present.

This course tells you how to play sounds in a presentation—how to start them and make them play when you want, for as long as you want. Make a sound repeat, and get tips on hiding the sound icon on a slide.

You'll also see how to hit just the right note by playing music from a CD with your slide show.

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

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

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