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A guide to inserting and playing back a variety sound media files in PowerPoint 2007
Last Updated: May 4, 2012 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Inserting and Playing Sound files in PowerPoint 2007

Inserting and playing back Sound files in PowerPoint 2007


One of the most common and persistent problems encountered by students using PowerPoint is the insertion and playback of sound files and other media files for a presentation. 


The student must first determine how the sound file will be inserted and for what purpose.


Including a sound effect on a PowerPoint slide can introduce the slide or make a point.  You can play sounds in a presentation either by inserting a sound file or by playing music from a CD, or by inserting file links to music files on the Internet.


However, setting up the slideshow sound files has proven in the past to be trying and many students often fail to have their sounds playback properly, or not at all, when the slideshow presentation is given.   This is primarily because certain “rules” must be applied when inserting sound or any media files into a presentation for them to work properly during playback of the presentation.


What follows are considerations of how sound files are setup.  A sound file can be set up in the following ways:


Ø  Insert sound files and select how each one should start and stop.

Ø  Set up a slide element so that it triggers the sound.

Ø  Insert a link to a sound file on the Internet

Ø  Play a CD for a slide show and select the tracks you want

Ø  Guarantee that your sound will play when you present.


    *Note: PowerPoint 2007 does include an option to INCREASE the size limit of embedded *.WAV files; however, increasing the size of embedded *.WAV files would make the PowerPoint file size EXTREMELY large, and it is recommended the program be burned then to either CD or DVD if too large for CD.  Microsoft recommends you keep sound files to a minimum of 100kb.


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