Edit music, sound or other sound options in PowerPoint 2010

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  1. Play music on multiple PowerPoint slides
  2. Play music on multiple PowerPoint slides
  3. Open animation panel for music settings in PowerPoint
  4. Set music playback options with the animation panel
  5. Play music on a certain number of PowerPoint slides
  6. Choose a specific number of slides to play music
  7. Hide the sound icon during a PowerPoint slideshow
  8. Hide the sound icon during a PowerPoint slideshow
  9. Change the volume setting of an audio file on a PowerPoint slide
  10. Change the volume setting of an audio file on a PowerPoint slide

Play music on multiple PowerPoint slides

Recently, a reader had trouble playing music across multiple slides. He also wanted to add narration to play over the music, leaving the music only as ambient sound for presentation.

“Can it?” he asked.

Yes, you can and other sound parameters can be edited simultaneously. Let’s start.

Play music on multiple PowerPoint slides

PowerPoint 2010 has made this an easy task. With a few clicks, your music will play on many slides until it’s over.

  1. Navigate to the slide where the music, sound, or other audio file will be placed.

  2. Open a tab Insert on the tape.

  3. On the right side of the ribbon, click the drop-down arrow below the . button audio † (Allows you to choose the type of sound you want to add.) In this example, we’ll choose: Sound from file…

  4. Navigate to the location where you saved the sound or music file on your computer and paste it.

  5. When the sound file icon is selected on the slide, a new button should appear above the ribbon − Audio Tools † Press the button Play under the button Audio Tools

  6. View the section Sound options on the tape. Click the drop-down arrow next to Get started: and choose Play on slides

The audio file is now set to play 999 slides or the end of the music, whichever comes first. Follow these two steps to change this setting.

Open animation panel for music settings in PowerPoint

Set music playback options with the animation panel

Returning to step 1, it was noted that when choosing the option: Play on slides the music or sound file plays on 999 slides by default. This setting is set by PowerPoint to ensure that the music does not stop before the selection is complete.

But let’s say you want to play multiple pieces of music (or pieces of multiple pieces) and you want the music to stop after showing the exact number of slides. Follow these steps.

  1. Navigate to the slide that contains the sound file icon.

  2. Click on the tab Animations on the tape.

  3. Press the button Animation area In chapter Extended animation (to the right of the tire). Animation panel opens on the right side of the screen.

  4. Click the sound icon on the slide to select it. (You will also see it selected in Animation panels

  5. Click the drop-down arrow to the right of the selected music on Animation panels

  6. Select Effect options… in the drop-down list.

  7. A dialog box will open Play audio which displays the tab options the effect which we will work with in the next step.

Play music on a certain number of PowerPoint slides

Choose a specific number of slides to play music

  1. Click on the tab the effect dialog box Play audio if not already selected.

  2. In chapter Stop playing delete entry 999 that is currently installed.

  3. Enter a specific number of slides to play music.

  4. Press the button Okay to apply the settings and close the dialog box.

  5. Press hotkey Shift+F5 to start the slideshow on the current slide and test the music playback to make sure it’s right for your presentation.

Hide the sound icon during a PowerPoint slideshow

Hide the sound icon during a PowerPoint slideshow

A sure sign that this slideshow was created by an amateur presenter is that the audio file icon is visible on the screen during the presentation. Take the right path to become a better speaker by making this quick and easy solution.

  1. Click the sound file icon on the slide. Knob Audio Tools should appear above the ribbon.

  2. Press the button Play directly below the Audio Tools button.

  3. In chapter Sound options check the box on the ribbon Hide during playback † The creator of the presentation will see the icon of the audio file during the editing phase. However, viewers will never see him when the show is live.

Change the volume setting of an audio file on a PowerPoint slide

Change the volume setting of an audio file on a PowerPoint slide

There are four volume settings for an audio file inserted into a PowerPoint slide. This one:

  • short

  • Medium

  • High

  • stupid

By default, all audio files added to a slide are set to play by level High † This may not be your preference. You can easily change the volume of an audio file as follows:

  1. Click the sound icon on the slide to select it.

  2. Press the button Play is located directly below the button. Audio Tools above the belt.

  3. In chapter Sound options on the ribbon, click the button Volume † A drop-down list of options will appear.

  4. Make your choice.

In my experience, even though I chose Low optionally the audio file played much louder than I expected. You may need to further customize audio playback by changing your computer’s audio settings, in addition to these changes here. And – as a side note – be sure to test the sound on computer presentation if it’s different from the one you used to create the presentation. Ideally, this will be tested at the location where the presentation will take place.

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