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Playing sound

Setting up sound to play from a CD

Set up CD tracks from the Play CD Audio Track command.
Callout 1 The first track's playing time starts at zero.
Callout 2 The last track's ending time measures only that track's length, not the length of the whole CD.

To set up tracks, insert your CD into the CD drive of the computer. On the Insert menu, point to Movies and Sounds, and then click Play CD Audio Track. You'll see the options shown in this picture.

The settings shown mean that this CD would start at track 1 and stop at the end of track 10, which you might want for a self-running show.

The CD won't play through all the slides automatically, though. It works with the same sound settings you've been using in the Custom Animation task pane. So, you need to tell PowerPoint that the sound should play over a certain number of slides, just as you did in Lesson 1.

The CD will stop when the show reaches the end of the last slide it’s specified to play through. If the show is set to loop, the CD will resume with its first programmed track when the show restarts.

After you select tracks, you're prompted to choose how to start the sound (automatically or by mouse click). After that, a CD icon Icon image shows up in the middle of your slide.


  • You won't be able to do anything about the silence between tracks on your CD; it will still be there. But maybe you have one long track that fits the length of your show. You can specify just that one track (you'll do this in the practice).
  • If you want to play different tracks of the CD on different slides, keep using the Play CD Audio Track command to "insert" the sound, and set up the track and timing you want for that slide. There is no automatic way to time your CD to your slide.
  • You can set tracks to play for a certain number of minutes or seconds of their full length.
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