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Looping an audio clip

From: PowerPoint 2007: Audio and Video in Depth

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If you'd like a sound to repeat itself until you manually stop it, use the Loop Until Stopped feature. That way it will keep playing indefinitely until you click your mouse again. I have a music clip on my title slide that I want to play when my audience is getting seated. Normally, I might have a full song here set to repeat itself until my presentation starts, but I'm just using a very short clip to make the loop effect obvious. Click on your audio clip to select it. Then go up to the Sound Tools > Options tab. On the left are a series of sound options.

Looping an audio clip

If you'd like a sound to repeat itself until you manually stop it, use the Loop Until Stopped feature. That way it will keep playing indefinitely until you click your mouse again. I have a music clip on my title slide that I want to play when my audience is getting seated. Normally, I might have a full song here set to repeat itself until my presentation starts, but I'm just using a very short clip to make the loop effect obvious. Click on your audio clip to select it. Then go up to the Sound Tools > Options tab. On the left are a series of sound options.

Find the one that says Loop Until Stopped and click the check mark in front of it. Now when I play my slide show, as soon as the sound clip reaches the end, it starts over. (music playing) To advance to the next slide, just click your mouse, and the sound ends. Now I will press Escape. I will go back to slide 1 and click on my speaker again.

There are two more locations where you can access this setting to loop the clip indefinitely. Go back to Sound Tools > Options again, and notice the Launcher button in the button-right corner of the Sound Options group? If I click on it, I get a little dialog box, and the first option does say Loop Until Stopped. The check mark in it is on automatically because I already set it up here on the Ribbon. I'll click OK to close it. The second location is found within the Animation settings. I will click on the Animations tab, and I will turn on the Custom Animation pane by clicking this button.

In the pane that opens up on the right, click on the dropdown arrow to the right of our sound. Choose Timing. In the dialog box that appears, click on the dropdown next to Repeat. Right now, because we've already set the clip to loop, it says Until Next Click. Here you can loop the audio a specific number of times, instead of leaving it to play indefinitely. You can set it to play two, three, four, even ten times in a row, and then it will stop automatically.

If I change this to Until Next Slide, when I'm playing the slide show, I can click my mouse to advance my bullets and my loop will end when it's time to advance to the next slide. I am going to set this to loop three times, and I will click OK. Now when I play my slide show you will hear my sound loop three times. (music playing) Now when I click my mouse, I will go on to my next slide.

Setting these options when looping your audio clip allows you to play a sound repeatedly while you remain on one slide. Being able to specify the number of loops or when to make them stop makes this feature that much more powerful.

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PowerPoint 2007: Audio and Video in Depth

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  1. 1m 39s
    1. Welcome
      52s
    2. Using the exercise files
      47s
  2. 16m 43s
    1. Using video and audio appropriately
      1m 49s
    2. Considering copyrights
      3m 54s
    3. Linking vs. embedding media
      6m 28s
    4. Working with video formats
      4m 32s
  3. 15m 41s
    1. Inserting an animated GIF from the clip art gallery
      4m 32s
    2. Inserting a video from a computer file
      3m 20s
    3. Inserting a clip as an external object
      2m 36s
    4. Inserting a video as a Windows Media Player control
      3m 20s
    5. Playing a video using an action button
      1m 53s
  4. 23m 38s
    1. Linking to a YouTube video
      5m 8s
    2. Playing a QuickTime movie
      4m 32s
    3. Playing a Flash animation
      3m 40s
    4. Using ActiveX as a workaround
      4m 42s
    5. Inserting a web page
      5m 36s
  5. 23m 7s
    1. Resizing a video
      3m 59s
    2. Cropping a video
      2m 51s
    3. Applying preset video styles
      3m 22s
    4. Designing a border
      4m 35s
    5. Adding shadows
      3m 25s
    6. Adding reflections
      1m 9s
    7. Adding glow effects
      1m 18s
    8. Using Format Painter
      2m 28s
  6. 26m 32s
    1. Setting the volume
      2m 22s
    2. Playing a clip automatically
      2m 49s
    3. Playing full screen
      1m 55s
    4. Hiding a video
      2m 11s
    5. Looping a video
      2m 55s
    6. Rewinding after playing
      1m 27s
    7. Playing a movie across slides
      3m 48s
    8. Delaying playback of a video
      2m 0s
    9. Triggering a video by clicking a graphic
      3m 46s
    10. Triggering a video using animations
      3m 19s
  7. 14m 4s
    1. Troubleshooting videos that won't play
      3m 10s
    2. Improving playback performance
      4m 55s
    3. Optimizing Windows 7 settings
      5m 59s
  8. 19m 26s
    1. Working with audio file formats
      2m 52s
    2. Embedding sounds
      3m 38s
    3. Inserting sounds from the clip art gallery
      4m 39s
    4. Inserting audio from a computer file
      2m 11s
    5. Playing a sound using an action button
      2m 46s
    6. Recording your own sounds
      3m 20s
  9. 18m 55s
    1. Setting the volume
      2m 44s
    2. Playing audio automatically
      2m 50s
    3. Choosing a sound's starting and ending points
      2m 36s
    4. Looping an audio clip
      3m 9s
    5. Delaying an audio clip
      1m 45s
    6. Changing the appearance of the sound icon
      3m 10s
    7. Hiding the sound icon
      2m 41s
  10. 12m 22s
    1. Adding sound effects to transitions
      3m 5s
    2. Adding sound effects to animations
      4m 13s
    3. Triggering audio playback with objects
      3m 35s
    4. Playing a sound with a hyperlink
      1m 29s
  11. 23m 0s
    1. Playing a sound across multiple slides
      4m 13s
    2. Building a music soundtrack
      4m 21s
    3. Playing audio tracks from a CD
      2m 33s
    4. Recording a narration
      11m 53s
  12. 16m 43s
    1. Running the Compatibility Checker
      1m 36s
    2. Converting files for PowerPoint 2010
      2m 26s
    3. Packaging a CD for travel
      3m 40s
    4. Creating a self-running presentation
      6m 54s
    5. Extracting media files
      2m 7s
  13. 39s
    1. Goodbye
      39s

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