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Most people's favorite PowerPoint technique is to animate the objects on your slides so they enter and exit or move around. It's possible to add a sound effect to those animations. Let's take a look at how to add effective and appropriate sounds to the movement on your slides. Click on the graphic you want to animate. I'll click on our logo. Then go to the Animations Ribbon. In the center are a series of animation effects and as I hold my cursor over each one I can see a preview. I click on the More button in the lower right-hand corner to see the entire gallery and I'll choose the entrance effect Grow and Turn, because it looks nice with the flower in our logo.
Now my logo came in fairly quickly. I am going to move to the right-hand side and change my Duration to 1.5. Now let's add a sound effect. Click on the Animation Pane button and detailed information about our objects appear. Click on the dropdown arrow to the right of the picture and then Effect Options from the list. Our top option is for Sound. Click on the dropdown and a list of built-in sounds appears. I might choose Breeze. Mostly because it's the natural of the sounds that go with our flower shop, but at the bottom of the list is an option for Other Sound.
This will allow you to import your own wave file sound effect. I definitely suggest keep in the clip short, approximately the desired length of your animation. Otherwise, your animation may finish before your sound effect. When I'll click on it, a Windows dialog box opens. Navigate to your desired sound clip. I have a bee buzz that will work well with my flower logo. Click OK. (Bzzzzz) Now I've created my own animation sound. Now note at the very top of the list is an option to Stop the Previous Sound.
This will turn off any other animation sounds that you may have applied that don't stop of the end of the animation. So if your animation sound is too long, you can use this command to cut the sound off when you move to the next entrance or exit effect. I'll stick with bee.wav. I'll click OK to close the dialog box. Now once you've chosen your animation sound effect, you can see this number next to the thumbnail. This tells you what order that animation will play on your slide relative to all the other objects. Right now we don't have any other animations so the number is just 1. Now go to slide 2.
You can apply this same technique to your bullet points. I'll click in my text and then click on the edge of the text box holder so that the edge is solid. That will make my animation applied to everything that inside it. I'll choose Fade In as my entrance animation and I'll go over to Effect Options and make sure that it comes in By Paragraph so that each bullet point comes in when I click my mouse. To apply the sound effect, I'll do it the same way. I'll click on its dropdown arrow in the Animation Pane and choose Effect Options.
This time I'm going to choose the sound Wind at the very bottom, and I'm going to turn the volume down almost as far as it can go and click OK. (Whoosh, whoosh, whoosh) Now let's go back to the slide 1 and play our slideshow. (Bzzzz) Hansel and Petal now has bees buzzing as the logo appears on the slide and here are our bullet points.
(Whoosh, whoosh, whoosh) Again, I can't emphasize enough to be intentional when designing your object animations. Your visual and audio effects must be relevant to the content, stylistically attractive, and not annoying to your audience, especially if you use them on every bullet point of graphic.
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