- Find the sound that you would like to use in your presentation and save it to your computer. The sound file must be in one of the following formats: MP3 (.mp3), Windows Audio (.wav), Windows Media Audio (.wma), AIFF audio file (.aiff), MIDI file (.mid or .midi) or AU Audio (.au)*.
- Open a presentation (or create a new presentation) and go to the slide that you want to add audio to.
- Go to Insert >Movies and Sounds and select Sound from File. Select the sound file that is stored on your computer and click Insert. You will be asked if you want the sounds to play automatically in the slide show if so, click Yes, otherwise click No. A small speaker Icon will appear on your slide that represents the sound object and you can move the icon and position it elsewhere on your slide by selecting it.
- To edit the sound properties, right click on the speaker icon and select Sound Options. Here you can choose to loop the sound if desired.
- Play your presentation by selecting View > Slide Show and go to the slide with the sound on it. If you selected Yes then the sound will play automatically, otherwise you will need to click on the speaker icon to play the sound.
* Please note that the computer you are using must also support the audio file format. If you are using a different computer to present on, it is best to double check the sound works before you present in case you need to download some additional software in order for the sound to play. The most commonly supported sound files that play on most platforms/players are WAV files (.wav) or MP3 (.mp3).
For more information on supported audio files, please see http://office.microsoft.com/en-ca/powerpoint/HA012303251033.aspx
For information on how to troubleshoot audio problems, please see: http://office.microsoft.com/en-ca/powerpoint/HA100777171033.aspx
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