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Audio for PowerPoint Presentations



You’ve got a presentation coming up. You’ve got great ideas and great visuals for your PowerPoint, so everything is great, right? Right.

But even great presentations sometimes get yawns because people are expecting great. What if you could take that expected greatness and turn it into unexpected brilliance? Well, you can.

Just add audio.

It sounds simple because it is. But it can pack a lot of punch for how simple it is. Think about your favorite movie. It’s got it all: a great story, top actors and incredible visuals. But the one thing that sets the mood and creates emotion better than any of these things is the audio. That’s why some dude gets paid millions of dollars to choose the soundtrack.

Let's take a quick look at an example of how you can inject audio into your PowerPoint project, and then let's take it a step further to give you the skills to easily adjust the length of a piece of audio that is too short for your project by looping your audio.

We'll start this example by assuming that you've preformed a quick search through iStockphoto's music selection and have chosen thefurnaceroom's Celtic Christmas Carol, which of course perfectly portrays your visual ideas. There's only one problem: the file has a play time of 2 minutes and 18 seconds, but your presentation is at least 4 minutes in length.

No problem. Being the the problem solver that you are, you've already noticed there are links in the track description offering loopable versions of the same file. In this case, you click your way to Celtic Christmas Carol – full LOOP. This track will make it easier to loop to the length you need.

All that's left now is to add this file to your PowerPoint project and prepare for brilliance.

Step 1

PowerPoint 2008 for Mac

• Ensure you are on the first slide in your presentation.
• Go to the "insert" menu, then "sound and music", then "from file."

PowerPoint for PC

• Ensure you are on the first slide in your presentation
• Go to the "Insert" tab/menu, then click on "sound" then "sound from File…"

Step 2

PowerPoint 2008 for Mac / Powerpoint for PC

• Find and select the desired audio file. iStockphoto's native wav. format will work perfectly.

Step 3

PowerPoint 2008 for Mac / PowerPoint for PC

• When prompted with, "How do you want the sound to start in the slide show?" click "Automatically".

Step 4

PowerPoint 2008 for Mac / PowerPoint for PC

• Now your sound is added to the fist slide of your project. The sound should be selected by default. If it is not, ensure that you click on and select the small speaker icon in your first slide.

Step 5

PowerPoint 2008 for Mac

• Now that your sound file is selected, open up the "Formatting Palette" under the view menu.
• Then click both the "hide during show" and "Loop Until Stopped" buttons.

PowerPoint for PC

• Now that your sound file is selected, open up the "Options" Tab.
• Then click both the "hide during show" and "Loop Until Stopped" buttons.

Step 6

PowerPoint 2008 for Mac / PowerPoint for PC

• Open the "custom animation" pallet under the view menu.

Step 7

PowerPoint 2008 for Mac

• In the "Animation Order" window, click on the iStock audio file.

PowerPoint for PC

• In the "Custom Animation" window click on the menu arrow to the right of the audio file and then select "Effect Options…"

Step 8

PowerPoint 2008 for Mac

• Under "Media Options," select the "stop playing" after x slides radio button.
• Enter the total number of slides in your presentation.

PowerPoint for PC

• Under "Effects Options" select the "Stop playing" select the after x slides radio button.
• Enter the total number of slides in your presentation.

That's it. Your audio track is now playing in a seamless loop throughout your presentation.

So, how do you like your new office? You take a few minutes to raise your game with PowerPoint and now you are on top, with people saying "Happy New Year, Boss, here's your dry cleaning and what do you take in your coffee?"







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