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Add sound effects to a presentation

Changing how sound starts

Changing how the sound starts.

You can change the way you've set your sound to begin by using Custom Animation options, too. For example, if you've set the sound to start automatically, but decide you'd rather make it start by mouse click, you can do so.

Callout 1 In the task pane, the effect shows with a clock next to it, which means it will start automatically after a previous effect — such as an animation effect or another sound, if there is one; or, after display of the slide, if there's no other effect. The same setting is shown next to the Start box, above the list. It has a clock icon and says After Previous.
Callout 2 To change the start setting, click the arrow next to the effect in the list, and click Start On Click.
Callout 3 The effect then shows with a mouse icon next to it, and the setting is reflected in the Start box. The sound will now play when you click the mouse.

But there's a difference here that you should be aware of. The choice of Start On Click in this context sets up the sound to play when you click the slide, rather than when you click the sound icon. To make the sound icon be the thing you click to start the effect, you have to set it up as the trigger for the sound. This process is illustrated in the next section.

One advantage of being able to click the slide instead of the sound icon to start the sound is that you can choose to hide the sound icon and then merely click the slide to play the sound. You'll see how to hide the sound icon in the practice session.

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