Play music for the duration of your slide show

You can add a song to a presentation and play it across slides in the background of your slide show. If you want to use music from the web, you have to download it to your computer before you can use it in a presentation.

To play a song across slides in PowerPoint 2010

  1. On the Insert tab, select Audio, and then Audio from File.

  2. In the file explorer, locate the music file you want to use and then select Insert.

  3. With the audio icon selected on the slide, on the Playback tab, click the list named Start, and select Play across slides.

    The "Play across slides" option for an audio file in PowerPoint 2010

    (Play across slides also makes the audio file start automatically during a slide show.)

To play a song across slides in PowerPoint 2016 or 2013

  1. On the Insert tab, select Audio, and then Audio on My PC.

  2. In the file explorer, locate the music file you want to use and then select Insert.

  3. With the audio icon selected on the slide, on the Playback tab, select Play in Background.

    Play music in the background

    Play in Background makes the audio file start automatically during a slide show and also makes the audio play across multiple slides.

Play multiple songs across multiple slides

If your slide show is longer than one song, you can add more songs. However, if you find that you're having trouble synchronizing the music with the slide show, you can use a third-party audio editing tool, such as Audacity®, to string the songs together into one file so they play continuously throughout the slide show.

Other related Help content includes:

If you're using PowerPoint for Mac, see:

(In PowerPoint Online, you can't add sound to a presentation, but you can play sound that has been added to it.)

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