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Playing an audio track across multiple slides

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Playing an audio file across multiple slides in a presentation was somewhat difficult in previous versions of PowerPoint, here in PowerPoint 2013; it's become a whole lot easier. That's what we're going to explore as we continue to work with our No Obstacles PowerPoint presentation and we'll click on Slide 1 here, because this is where we want to begin. A typical scenario for playing an audio track in the background across multiple slides is a kiosk environment. And in that case we have a slide presentation that's kind of playing on its own, looping around when it gets to the end.

Playing an audio track across multiple slides

Playing an audio file across multiple slides in a presentation was somewhat difficult in previous versions of PowerPoint, here in PowerPoint 2013; it's become a whole lot easier. That's what we're going to explore as we continue to work with our No Obstacles PowerPoint presentation and we'll click on Slide 1 here, because this is where we want to begin. A typical scenario for playing an audio track in the background across multiple slides is a kiosk environment. And in that case we have a slide presentation that's kind of playing on its own, looping around when it gets to the end.

So that's the first thing we're going to set up for our presentation here. Let's go up to the Transitions tab. We've already applied special effects, the transition from one slide to a next. But over here in the timing section is where we want to turn off On Mouse Click, so nobody needs to click a slide to go from one to the next, it's automatically going to happen after, however many seconds we choose over here on the right-hand side. So we click the check box for After, we'll bump this up to say, 2 seconds, which isn't realistic but it will allow us to see the transition and hear our audio track that we're going to insert momentarily playing in the background.

Let's click Apply To All, now you'll notice up here for sound that there is no sound and that applies to the transition itself, that's not what we want. We actually want to insert an audio track to play in the background, and to do that we go to the Insert tab. From here way off to the right you'll see the Media section where, just like we saw in Word, we could insert Online Video or video that you already have located on your PC, same thing for Audio when we click there. We could go get audio that's online and insert it into our presentation or if we have the file on our PC, we can do that as well.

You can even record your own audio. Let's choose Audio on my PC. If you have the exercise files, in the PowerPoint folder you'll find one. There it is, the No Obstacles Theme. Notice it's all audio files that are being shown here, MP3 files, wav files for example. We're going to select No Obstacles Theme and we're going to click Insert. Now when we do that we see the speaker icon, which typically we need to click to play our music. We have some controls that we have access to. If we want it to pump up the volume or mute it out if we needed to for example.

We could do all of that from the presentation itself. But in a self playing presentation, we want to make some changes, we want this play in the background and we want it to continue playing across all of the slides in our presentation. Now we could go into the Audio options with the Playback tab selected here and start doing things; changing it from On Click, choosing Play Across Slides and Looping, but it just got so much easier here in PowerPoint 2013. There's one button that does all of this. It's the Play in Background button. When we click that look what happens.

It's going to start Automatically. It's going to Play Across Slides; it's going to Loop until it's Stopped. Even the controls we see here in the speaker icon will be hidden during the show. All of this is done for you with one click of the Play Background button. That's the new feature that I really enjoy. So we don't have to worry about moving this around, getting out of the way, sizing it down, etcetera. We won't even see it when we go to play our presentation. So let's test it out. All of the other options are still available to us here that we are accustomed to. For example; if we wanted to we could bump the Volume down a little bit, so you can hear me talking over it.

I'm going to choose Low and now it's time to play our presentation. So if it was a kiosk environment, we'd get it started knowing that it's going to loop around through the slides nd we should be hearing audio in the background from one slide to the next. Let's give it a try by using the View buttons down at the bottom of the screen here, we'll click the Slide Show button and sit back and relax. When were done we'll just hit the Esc key on the keyboard to come back. (presentation playing) So there's our Transitions, and notice the music continues from one slide to the next, uninterrupted.

Let's press Esc to go back to our presentation and that's how we add background music to a presentation that will play across multiple slides. It's so much easier here in PowerPoint 2013.

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  1. 1m 38s
    1. Welcome
      1m 3s
    2. Using the exercise files
      35s
  2. 16m 49s
    1. Exploring the new user interface
      4m 57s
    2. Integrating with the cloud
      3m 42s
    3. Exploring Touch mode
      2m 53s
    4. Using the bookmark feature
      2m 18s
    5. Customizing the Ribbon with display options
      2m 59s
  3. 27m 44s
    1. Inserting online video
      4m 4s
    2. Editing PDF documents
      4m 58s
    3. Inserting and reading comments
      2m 55s
    4. Tracking changes and conversations
      2m 19s
    5. Using Read mode for longer documents
      4m 14s
    6. Using object zoom in Read mode
      1m 53s
    7. Exploring new templates in Word
      2m 47s
    8. Inserting objects with onscreen alignment guides
      4m 34s
  4. 28m 25s
    1. Filling empty cells using Flash Fill
      3m 38s
    2. Filtering records using a Timeline
      3m 11s
    3. Previewing with Quick Analysis
      4m 34s
    4. Using Chart Advisor recommendations
      2m 43s
    5. Finding errors and issues with Power view
      6m 16s
    6. Converting roman numerals into arabic numbers
      2m 42s
    7. Protecting data in a shared spreadsheet
      5m 21s
  5. 33m 36s
    1. Working with new templates
      3m 29s
    2. Exploring the new Presenter view
      3m 45s
    3. Using color adjustments
      2m 59s
    4. Inserting new charts
      8m 37s
    5. Positioning objects with various guides
      2m 50s
    6. Exploring new transition effects
      2m 55s
    7. Creating a custom shape
      4m 31s
    8. Playing an audio track across multiple slides
      4m 30s
  6. 7m 2s
    1. Exploring changes to the user interface
      3m 23s
    2. Exploring the new Access templates
      3m 39s
  7. 8m 48s
    1. Inserting online pictures into a publication
      3m 10s
    2. Using the scratch area for inserting images
      3m 30s
    3. Creating JPEGs with the Save for Photo Printing option
      2m 8s
  8. 18m 27s
    1. Exploring the new user interface
      4m 30s
    2. Changing views
      4m 8s
    3. Embedding files in a notebook
      3m 31s
    4. Linking notes to your Outlook calendar
      3m 57s
    5. Inserting a screenshot
      2m 21s
  9. 8m 8s
    1. Exploring the user interface and some sneak peeks
      3m 35s
    2. Using the Weather bar
      1m 42s
    3. Connecting to social networks
      2m 51s
  10. 29s
    1. Next steps
      29s

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