How to Have One Song Start After the Other in PowerPoint

By Dustin Thornton

Microsoft PowerPoint allows you to insert sounds and music into your digital presentations. Inserting a sound or music file is a relatively straightforward procedure, but sometimes you may find it necessary to add multiple songs into your presentation and have them play automatically in sequential order. If that's the case, you can use the tools in PowerPoint to organize the music files to play in the background of your slide show at predefined times.

From Audio CD

Step 1

Launch Microsoft PowerPoint. Insert your audio CD containing the tracks that you want to play in your Microsoft PowerPoint presentation in the order that you want them to play.

Step 2

Open the presentation file that you want to add the music to and select the slide where you want the music to start. Click the "Insert" tab on the Microsoft Office Ribbon.

Step 3

Click on the "Sound" icon from the "Media Clips" section. Scroll down and select "Play CD Audio Track."

Step 4

Select the starting track using the up and down arrows in the "Start at track" field. Select the exact time on the audio file that you want the track to start playing using the up and down arrows in the "time" section.

Step 5

Select the ending track using the up and down arrows in the "End at track" field. Select the exact time on the audio file that you want the track to stop playing using the up and down arrows in the "time" section.

Step 6

Click "OK." A "Sound" icon will appear on your PowerPoint slide. Click on the "Sound" icon. The "Sound Tools" tab will appear in your Microsoft Office Ribbon.

Step 7

Click the "Sound Tools" tab. Click the "Play Sound" dropdown box in the "Sound Options" section and choose "Play Across Slides."

From Sound File

Step 1

Launch Microsoft PowerPoint. Open the presentation file that you want to add the music to and select the slide where you want the music to start. Click the "Insert" tab on the Microsoft Office Ribbon.

Step 2

Click on the "Sound" icon from the "Media Clips" section. Scroll down and select "Sound from File."

Step 3

Browse to the location of the first song on your computer that you want to play in your PowerPoint presentation. Select it and click "Open."

Step 4

Click "Automatically" or "When Clicked." Choose either option; you will change this shortly.

Step 5

Repeat the above steps, adding as many songs as you wish to your PowerPoint presentation. A new "Sound" icon will appear for each song that you add.

Step 6

Select the "Animations" tab and choose "Custom Animation." A new window will appear on the right of the PowerPoint presentation.

Step 7

Select the first song from the list of songs in the window on the right and click the drop-down menu. Click "Effect Options."

Step 8

Select "From time" in the "Start Playing" section and enter the time in the PowerPoint presentation that you want the song to start playing.

Step 9

Select "After" in the "Stop Playing" section and enter the time in the PowerPoint presentation that you want the song to stop playing. Note that you can end the song early by setting a time that is shorter than the track.

Step 10

Add similar effects to each of the sound files in your presentation, changing the start and end time to match up with songs playing before and after, relative to the overall time of the PowerPoint presentation. For example, if your first song ends at "2:30" the next song should begin at "2:31." If that song ends at "5:00" (relative to the duration of the PowerPoint presentation) then the next song should begin at "5:01."