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Once you’ve inserted a sound file in a slide, how do you play the sound?

With just a simple click of an icon.

I wish playing playing guitar was as easy as playing a sound file. Then I could join your band, PowerPoint.

Well, we can always make room for a tamborine player. Ha ha.

Playing your sound files from the slide
You've added some snazzy sound files to your presentation, now try playing them directly from the slides.

    1. In Slide View, double-click the speaker icon. The sound file will begin to play.

If you want to stop the sound file before it finishes playing, click anywhere on the slide.

What about objects? Can you attach sounds to objects? For example, if I have a picture of my fans in a slide, I want to hear them cheering.

Don't you mean booing. Oh, I'm just teasing.

Ouch! You better watch it Sue or this might just become "The Jim Jingle Show" and you're back to waiting tables.

When you two are finished joshing I'll show you what to do.

Attaching your sound files to objects
PowerPoint lets you attach your recordings to objects on your slides. However, the objects must be animated before you can attach a sound file to them.

Let's say that you want to add your narration to a cartoon on your slide. Here's what you do:

    1. In Slide View, display the slide you want to add the sound file to.

    2. Record your narration.

    3. In Slide View, click the object that you want to add the recording to. For example, the cartoon.

    4. Click the Slide Show menu, then click Custom Animation. The Custom Animation dialog box will appear.

    5. Click the Effects tab.

    6. If the object isn't animated yet, click an effect in the Effect drop-down list.

    Animate object list

    7. Next, find your recording in the Sound drop-down list and click it.

    Choosing your sound file

    8. Click OK. The sound file is now added to the object.

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