Play music or other sounds automatically when a slide appears

You can tell PowerPoint to play music or other audio automatically when a certain slide appears during a slide show.

There are two ways (or three, if you have PowerPoint 2016) to play it automatically when you get to that slide in your presentation:

Start the audio in the click sequence (PowerPoint 2016 only) or immediately

  1. In Normal view (where you edit your slides), click the audio icon on the slide.

  2. On the Audio Tools Playback tab, in the Audio Options group, select In Click Sequence (PowerPoint 2016 only) or Automatically in the Start list.

    PowerPoint 2013:

    Selecting a Start option on the Audio Tools Playback tab

    PowerPoint 2016:

    There are three Start options on the Audio Playback tab in PowerPoint 2016
  3. To test the sound, on the Slide Show tab, click From Beginning.

    Reminder:   To hear music or sounds, your computer must be equipped with a sound card and speakers.

Start the audio after a delay

  1. In Normal view (where you edit your slides), click the audio icon on the slide.

  2. On the Animations tab, click Add Animation.

  3. Under Media, select Play.

    Play audio
  4. On the Animations tab, click Animation Pane.

    Display the Animation Pane
  5. In the Animation Pane, make sure your audio clip is in first position at the top of the pane.

    Sound clip should be in first position
  6. Click the down arrow to the right of the sound clip, and then click Effect Options.

    Effect Options
  7. On the Effect tab under Start Playing, select From beginning.

  8. Under Stop Playing, select After current slide.

  9. On the Timing tab, in the Start list, select With Previous.

  10. To begin playing the sound after a brief delay, in the Delay box, press the up arrow to increase the delay in seconds, and then click OK.

    Delay the audio
  11. To test the sound, on the Slide Show tab, click From Beginning.

    Reminder:   To hear music or sounds, your computer must be equipped with a sound card and speakers.

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