How to Play a Sound across Multiple Slides in Microsoft PowerPoint 2010

Adding music to a PowerPoint presentation will not only give your presentation more appeal but grab the attention of the audience as well.
If you are using Microsoft PowerPoint 2007/2003, please click here to learn the corresponding tutorial.
For this tutorial, we will be using state-of-art Microsoft PowerPoint 2010, Windows Edition. If you do not have PowerPoint 2010, you can download the free 30-day trial here.
After you are all ready to go with PowerPoint, go ahead and launch it from the start menu or by double-clicking the PowerPoint icon on your desktop. If you are starting a new project, type a title in for your presentation. If you want to add music to an existing presentation, open it by clicking the File button then Open at the top left corner.
Next, you will need to make sure that you have an audio file ready to sync with your presentation.
Click the Insert tab located along the top PowerPoint toolbar. Then, locate the Audio icon, located on the far right of the lower toolbar, and click the arrow below it to bring down the sub menu.
From here, you will notice the options: Audio from File, Clip Art Audio, and Record Audio. You can choose whichever option you prefer. For this presentation, we will be using the Audio from File option. Therefore, we will need to navigate to our audio file and click the OK button.
Click the small speaker representing the audio file you have inserted, and the Audio Tools interface displays. Click the Playback icon.


Select the Play across slides option from the submenu of Start on the right side of Volume.
Select the Animation Pane option under the Animations tab. Right-click the audio file in the emerging Animation Pane window on the left, and select Effect Options from the drop-down list.
Then the Play Audio interface appears. In the Effect tab, make your choice at Stop Playing-After XXX slides.
After you have done testing your music, you can hit the esc key to exit the slide show.
That’s all there is to it. You should have now easily added sound to your PowerPoint presentation.

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  1. mschneider said,

    I have created a ppt slideshow in ppt 2010 and have added 4 songs to the show. The slideshow plays perfectly when viewing as a slideshow in ppt, but when I create a wmv video file in ppt 2010, it plays the first two songs fine and at the correct slide, but the third and fourth song will not start/play at their appointed times. I used the instructions above to use the animation feature, which I had not done previously when experiencing the same problem However, even using the animation instructions above, the video file still does not play the third and fourth songs. Any ideas?
    M Schneider

  2. Kate Mathieson said,


  3. Sue Z Bizaca said,

    Thank you! I have been having a hell of a time finding instructions for this version of Powerpoint. This helped heaps!

  4. Bradley B-Rad Supplee said,

    I have been wondering this for so long thank you.

  5. Никола Гутеша said,

    Thank you

  6. Brad Giroux said,

    This doesn't explain how to have multiple songs play in sequence. How does one make this happen? I can either get all the songs to start at the same time or just the first one and the others don't ever start.

  7. Kenzi Martin said,

    @Brad Giroux. Have you tried making a playlist, selecting the playlist when you are selecting the track you want to be in the presentation and doing the instructions from above?

  8. Faye Milne said,

    you have to work out how many slides the first song takes and then start the next song at the nearest slide to the end , then repeat the process over and over depending on how many songs and slides you have.

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