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PowerPoint Sounds and Looping

If you have a presentation that loops and there' s a music file playing all the way through then the music will stop and restart from the beginning each time the show loops.

What you would probably prefer is the music to keep playing independently.

NOTE This technique no longer works in version 2010! See below for how to do this in 2010 and 2013 or later

Create your presentation with automatic slide transitions. Create a new slide and move it to slide one. This slide should not have an automatic transition. Create a "custom show" for all the slides EXCEPT the new first slide. (Slide Show > Custom Shows > New)

On the new first slide insert your music and set it to  repeat until end of slide OR set CD tracks to play. Insert an action button or shape onto slide 1 and in Slide show > Action settings create an "on click" hyperlink to the custom show. Be sure to tick "Show and return" (this is important!)

If "Show and Return" is not ticked the slide with the looped sound will close when you hyperlink and the sound will stop.

In Slide Show > Set up show tick "Loop continuously until Esc" Start the show and click the action button to start the custom show. As long as there are no other sounds the music will continue playing when the presentation loops.

2010/2013 version - This no longer seems to work in  2010/2013 or later but here's a way to fake it.

  1. Create the slides you need to loop with an appropriate timed transition.

  2. Add a new slide 1 and insert the music. Set it to play across slides and set the transition to auto zero seconds.

  3. DO NOT set the presentation to Loop!

  4. Add a custom show.

  5. Add Slide 1 to the custom show

  6.  Select all of the other slides (not slide 1) and also add them

  7. The slides you selected will stay selected - add them to the custom show again. Do this  enough times so that the custom show will end with the music (or if you wish a very long time so it essentially never ends) If you have a later version you will have to select the slides to add with a checkbox which is not a smart change!

  8. Add the slides for the main show and make them into a second custom show.

  9. On each slide in the first looping show add a button to link to the seconr custom show. No need to tick show and return.

In slide show > set up show set the slide to show = Custom Show.





Download a simple demo

More on Custom shows


Stop playing after 999 sides
Diagram 1

Setting up the custom show link
Diagram 2


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