Tooting Tunes

Let's say I want to add music from a CD.

Great idea. Music really jazzes up a presentation. Maybe you want to add music from my band, the Swingin' Sultans of Software?

Actually, I was thinking more along the lines of the Smashing Pumpkins. I want to do a presentation on the history of Halloween. You know, pumpkins, Halloween.

Not to mention their lead singer, Billy Corgan, he can look pretty ghoulish... Heh heh.

Adding music from CDs
If you have a CD ROM drive installed in your computer, you can add CD music tracks to your PowerPoint presentations. However, you can only add the music tracks to slides. The track will not attach to objects, animations, or transitions.

Here's how you add a CD music track to your slide.

    1. In Slide View, display the slide you want to add the music track to.

    2. Click the Insert menu, point to Movies and Sounds, and then click Play CD Audio Track. The Play Options dialog box will appear.

Choosing to Play an Audio CD

    3. Under Play CD Audio Track, enter the music track number in the Start and End Track boxes provided. For example, to add the second track of the CD, type 2 in the Start Track box and in the End Track box. If you want to play just the first 10 seconds of the track, type 10 seconds in the End Track At box.

CD Track options

    4. Then click OK.

A CD icon appears in the middle of your slide. You can resize this icon or move it to other parts of the slide.

    5. To play the CD track, double-click the CD icon. But make sure the CD is in the drive. Otherwise, the music won't play.

CD icon

You can use the Windows CD Player to determine the start and end times of a portion of music on a CD. To open the Windows CD Player in Windows 95, go to your Windows desktop and click the Start button. Point to Programs, point to Accessories, then Multimedia, and click CD Player.

Windows CD player

If I'm giving a slide presentation, it seems really awkward to have to click on a CD icon. Is there a way to make it automatic?

What are computers for? Automatic is my middle name.

Power Automatic Point. Odd name.

It's a figure of speech. My middle name is actually Bartholomew.

Making music play automatically
You can make the music play automatically if you give the CD icon an animation order.

The following steps show you how to add an animation effect and an animation order to your CD icon.

Note: It's not necessary to add an animation effect to make the CD music play automatically, but it certainly adds visual interest. Especially when the CD icon "makes an entrance" before it starts playing.

    1. In Slide View, click the CD icon to select it.

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

    3. Click the Play Settings tab, and then click the check box beside Play using animation order. The CD file appears in the Animation order box.

Adding a track to your animation order

4. Next, click the Effects tab, and then select an animation effect from the Effect drop-down list. For example, Crawl From Right.

5. Click OK to close the Custom Animation dialog box.

During the Slide Show, the audio track will start to play when the CD icon comes in from the right of the screen.

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