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Discover how to integrate and enhance video and audio to create a more engaging PowerPoint presentation. In this course, author Alicia Katz Pollock emphasizes the technical details necessary to make a multimedia presentation work: from working with appropriate file formats, to applying video styles, to reducing the file size of multimedia presentations for sharing.
There may be times when you'd like to trigger your audio clip to begin in another way than clicking on the speaker icon itself. For example, maybe you have your sound clips set to remain hidden when it's playing. So you need a way to start it, since you can't even see it to click on it. You can select another object on your slide to click on in order to trigger your sound to play. I'm working on slide 2. In our case, I have an audio clip that I want to play while I am on the slide. But I'd rather the audience be looking at webpage without being distracted by my speaker icon. There are two places where we can set this up.
My first step, no matter which method I use, is to hide the speaker icon. Click on the audio icon then select it then go up to the Audio Tools Playback tab. In the center are a series of audio options. Find the option that says Hide During Show and click on its checkmark. Now when the slideshow plays my sound icon won't show. Now let's tell the speaker to play when you click on another object. While we are still clicked on this speaker icon, go to the Animation tab. Click on the Trigger button on the right side of the ribbon.
Hover over On Click of and you'll see a list of objects on your slide. We'll choose Picture 2, the image of the webpage. But this demonstrates that you don't even have to make a special button as the trigger. You can set a slide's title or a text box to be the trigger. I'll click on Picture 2. Now the second place to set this trigger is in the Animation settings. Click on the Animation Pane button just above the Trigger. In the panel on the right-hand side click on the dropdown arrow next to our sound clip and then select Timing.
Click on the Triggers button here if you need to and notice that it says Start effect on click of Picture 2. This is the same setting from up here on the Picture button, but it's nice to know you can reach the same trigger options from deep within the settings. Click OK. Now when I'll play my slideshow we can text our object trigger. When I click on the picture of my webpage, the audio plays. (Female speaker: So we would love to see you. If you can't make it in the shop, check us out online.) Being able to activate audio files by clicking on other objects on the slide allows you to integrate sounds in your presentation without having to show the default speaker icon at all.
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