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Replay Sound When a Slide is Revisited in PowerPoint

If you return to a slide that has already had its animation played then the animation will not play again. This includes all sound animation. This means that if you have a narration on a slide it will ONLY play the first time that the slide is seen. Microsoft think this is what you want but you probably don't!

The usual answer is to have a blank or duplicate slide BEFORE the animated slide and make any link buttons go to this slide. If the slide has a zero second auto transition you will not see it and the animationson the following slide is tricked into playing. This works well but if you have hundreds of narrations it's not really feasible. Here's a solution that gives the user the OPTION to hear the narration again.

Maybe download the demo to see how it works before we get down to how to create it!


How to Create

First record your narration , or, if you wish record it externally and insert the file. Usually you would select PLAY AUTOMATICALLY. You should see a sound icon on the slide - move this OFF the slide so it is not seen.

Now add an action button to move to the next slide.

Lastly add an icon to be clicked to replay the narration. We used clip art and grouped it with the text,


Make sure the action of the next slide button IS "Next Slide"

Select the sound icon (NOT the narration button you just added) and ADD an animation of PLAY. Double click this entry in the Custom Animation pane and in timing choose TRIGGERS. Choose "Start effect on click of .. "The new narration button" (Group 6 in our case)

Set the trigger

Lastly select the new narration button and give it an animation of fade in. Set the trigger for this animation to the Next Slide Action Button.

You should now only see the "Replay" button if you return to a slide.




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