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How Can I Have 2 MP3 Songs Play During a PowerPoint Slideshow?

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I need to play 2 different songs (in MP3 format) in their entirety back to back during a slide show created in PowerPoint 2007. I tried using Insert Sound, Sound from File, but although this inserted the song and will play it, it also keeps the slide show stuck on the 1st slide. The rest of the slides never come up.
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Select the sound. Go to the Audio Tools Playback tab, and where it says Start, click the dropdown and select "play across slides."
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Sorry, but I don't see where "Audio Tools Playback tab" is??
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When you select the sound icon, that tab will become available on the Ribbon.
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by:anuneznyc
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When I click on the Sound Icon, it automatically opens up the "Insert Sound" window where I can browse for the file to insert. Doesn't give me any other options.
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I meant once you'd inserted the sound into the presentation. Use Insert sound from file, choose the sound, then click the sound icon on the slide.
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I feel stupid, but the little "sound icon" that gets embedded into the slide does nothing when I click on it. The cursor merely turns into a four way black arrow when I float the point over it. Don't see any other sound icon.
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Wait, now I was able to get it to come up on the screen.
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Are you using PPT 2007? You don't get a new tab on the Ribbon at the top of the screen when you click on the sound icon on the slide?
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Well, now the "Audio Tools Playback tab" disappeared from the Ribbon again, but not before I clicked on play across all slides. So now the 1 song plays across the slides. But how can I insert the 2nd song to play after the 1st song??
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Yes, PowerPoint 2007 for Windows.
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Insert the other sound on the slide it should begin playing on and do the same thing.

(The Audio Tools Playback tab is contextual -- that is, it will only become visible and available when you can use any of the tools on it. So it shows up when you select the sound on the slide.)

If you need one sound to just continue playing exactly right after the other and just putting the other sound on the slide where it's supposed to begin playing isn't doing what you want, then the easiest thing to do is edit them together using sound editing software. Audacity is good (and free) sound editing software if you don't already have some. http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ 
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That worked. Thank you very much for your help.
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glad to hear it.
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