Add Sound Effects to a PowerPoint 2007 Presentation

posted Jun 20, 2011, 1:55 PM by td.comm camias   [ updated Jun 27, 2011, 4:25 PM ]
You can set up your presentation to play an audio file as part of the presentation! The first thing to know is that .wav sound files can be embedded.When you insert a sound on a slide, an icon that represents the sound file appears which you can click to start or stop the sound. To insert a sound in your presentation:
 
1. Click in the Insert Tab.
 
2. Click in the Sound command.
 
3. Choose a source:

a. Sound from File: Search for the file you want to add and double-click it.
b. Sound from Clip Organizer: Search for sounds
 
4.  Select the Sound Play options.
 
5.  Double-click the sound icon to test it.
 
Linked sounds are where they are stored and how you update them after you put them in your presentation. Embedded files are stored within the presentation, and linked files are stored outside the presentation. Linked files are updated when changes are made to their source file, but embedded files don't change if you change their source file. Important Note: When you insert a linked sound file, PowerPoint creates a link to the sound file's current location. If you later move the sound file to a different location, PowerPoint will not know that you moved it and you may need to re-insert the sound.
 
To determine if a sound is linked or embedded:
1.  Select the Normal View from the View tab.
 
2. Under Sound Tools, on the Options tab

3. In the Sound Options group, click the Dialog Box Launcher.
 
4. Under Information, next to File, you see either "Contained in presentation" (that is that the sound is embedded) or the path to the sound (that is that the sound is linked).
 
If you want to hide the sound icon, but still be able to play the sound: 
1. Click in the view Tab.
 
2. Click in the slide show Command. Here you will see that the sound icon is visible.
 
4. Return to the Normal view.
 
5. Click the sound icon, then click in the "Send to Back" command. The sound icon is still part of the presentation, but not visible to your audience.


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