Here's our Microsoft Office Tip for.. May 4, 2004
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Play Sounds through Several Slides
Normally a sound inserted on a given slide will play only until you move onto the next slide. That's not an unreasonable thing for PowerPoint to do, but it can be frustrating when you want to start a sound on the first slide in your presentation and have it run as background music for the remainder of your show. Fortunately, you can get PowerPoint to cooperate with you.

Start by inserting the sound you want to play. Choose Insert, Movies And Sounds, then click Sound From Gallery, Sound From File, Play CD Audio Track Or Record Sound. Insert the sound you want to include. With the sound's icon selected, choose Slide Show, Custom Animation (or pick Custom Animation from the context menu that appears when you right-click the sound's icon).

Click the Multimedia Settings tab and make certain that the object is selected. Select the option Play Using Animation Order, then select Continue Slide Show. This tells PowerPoint NOT to stop playing the sound when you move to the next slide. Then under Stop Playing, click After and dial in the number of subsequent slides through which you'd like the sound to play. If you want the sound to continue through the end of the presentation, simply dial in a number that's higher than the number of slides in your presentation--999 works well for nearly ANY presentation!

That's all there is to it. Your sound will now continue after you leave the slide you placed it on.

NOTE: This works only with sounds you've brought in via Insert, Movies And Sounds. If you use the media player, it may not work as expected.