1. Add Music or Sound to a PowerPoint Presentation
Sound or music files can be saved on your computer in many formats that can be used in PowerPoint 2007, such as MP3 or WAV files. You can add these types of sound files onto any slide in your presentation. However, only WAV type sound files can be embedded into your presentation.
2. Record Sounds or Narration in PowerPoint
Add a narration to your presentation so that it can be run unattended -- like at a kiosk while you are not there. Or -- how about recording the sound of a clanking motor if your presentation is about fixing a car?
In PowerPoint 2007, you can play all or just a portion of a CD track over one or many slides. You decide when the CD track starts to play and when it will end.
PowerPoint 2007 comes with many free sound clips that you can use in your presentations. These are part of the Sound Clip Organizer.
A question from a reader:
"If I receive a PowerPoint presentation that is already in the slide show format, how can I retrieve the music or sound files since they are embedded in the presentation?"
Most of you have probably seen a PowerPoint presentation that contained music or sound. But, have you ever seen one that played sound, but also showed the sound icon on the slide(s)? I imagine you have. To me, this would indicate that the presenter was new to the role. Here is how to hide the sound icon.
Sound effects, on animations, can be used sparingly, but effectively. Add the sound of a cash register, for instance, when sales are high for the quarter.
8. PowerPoint Sound and Music Problems with Emailing
The music or sounds play fine on your computer, but when you email the PowerPoint presentation to a friend, they hear no sounds at all. Why?
The sound played just fine the first time through the PowerPoint slide show. However, when the presenter returned to the same slide during the question period of the presentation, the sound would not play again. Why?
It seemed like a good idea at the time. After using the Other Sound... option to utilize several sounds not currently in the list, the presenter changed her mind and did not want to use any of these sounds again. These sounds remained in the list and this made for additional scrolling. How do you remove these additional sound titles from this list?