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There will be times when you will prefer your audio to play in an external application like Windows Media Player, instead of inside of your PowerPoint presentation. Maybe you want the player's extra features or maybe PowerPoint won't play your file type, but the other program will. When you would like your sound clip to open up outside of PowerPoint, insert it as an action button. I'll go up to the Insert tab and then click on Shapes. At the very bottom, you'll see Action Buttons. For sound, I could choose the play arrow or maybe the speaker, but I'll go ahead and I'll choose this play button.
I'll go back to my slide and I'm going to hold down my Shift key so that my buttons stays square, and then I going to click and drag from my upper left-hand corner to the lower right-hand corner. When I let go, an Action Settings dialogue box opens. It says Hyperlink 2, and if I click on the drop-down and slide down to the very bottom, I can see other file. I'm going to choose awesome_20s, the mp3 format file. I'll click OK. Now when I play slideshow and I click on Action button-- (Male speaker: Hansel and Petal is awesome.) Windows Media Player opens and plays my sound clip.
If you need all the tools available in your external media software or if your media clip doesn't work natively in PowerPoint, insert it as an action button instead of directly into your slide.
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