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How Do I Get the Sound to Play at the Same Time as a PowerPoint Animation?
Start sound with previous PowerPoint animation

Start sound with previous PowerPoint animation

© Wendy Russell

PowerPoint Sound Problem

A reader asks:
"I have tried to make the sound on a PowerPoint slide play at the same time as an animation, but it just will not work. How do I do this?"

Answer:
This is another of those little PowerPoint conundrums. Sometimes it works and sometimes it does not. I have found that it all depends on which method you use to tell the music to play at the same time as the animation.

To that end, I will show you first which is the wrong way to set this up.
Note - I have to say though, that you, as the creator of this presentation have been led down the garden path by Microsoft. There is no reason why this should not work, but the developers missed a connection somehow when setting up this procedure.

Steps to Make Sound Play at Same Time as Animation

  1. Add an animation to the object on the slide (whether it is a text box or a graphic object such as a picture or an Excel chart).
  2. Insert the sound file onto the slide.
  3. Click on the Animations tab of the ribbon.
  4. Towards the right side of the ribbon, in the Advanced Animation section, click on the Animation Pane button. The Animation Pane will open on the right side of the screen.
  5. In the Animation Pane click on the drop down arrow at the right end of the listing for the sound file you added. (The sound file may have a generic name or a specific name, depending on what sound file is being used.)

**Stop after Step 5 shown above and read on**
Note the entry in this list of options called Start With Previous. When checking this option, it is understood that the sound file will play at the same time as the animation (the previous item). This is where the problem arises.

Next - Why There is a Problem With This Method

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