How to Play Sounds with Animations in PowerPoint 2007 Presentations

By Peter Weverka

To tickle your audience’s ears as well as its eyes, you can make sound accompany an animation in your PowerPoint presentation. PowerPoint offers applause, the ching of a cash register, a drum roll, and more. If none of the sounds suit you, you can play a .WAV (wave) sound file of your own with an animation. Starting on the Animations tab, display the Custom Animation task pane and follow these steps to play a sound when an animation begins:

1Click the Animations tab.

The Custom Animations task pane opens.

2Double-click the animation in the list or open its drop-down list and choose Effect Options.

You see the Effect Options dialog box (showing Fly In, in this case).

3Open the Sound drop-down list and select a sound.

PowerPoint offers 16 sounds to choose from.

4Click the Volume icon.

A Volume slider lets you make the sound louder or softer than the volume settings on your computer.

5Click OK.

PowerPoint plays the sound you chose.