Play multiple sounds simultaneously

During a presentation, you might want to have a music playing in the background, then have additional sound effects. The problem is, when the sound effect starts to play, your background music stops. What we want is to have multiple sounds playing at the same time in PowerPoint. Unfortunately, when one starts, the other stops. Here’s why:

When you have multiple sounds embedded, PowerPoint will only allow one sound to be played at a time. On the other hand, if you have the sounds linked, it will be able to play simultaneously. Thus, if you have two sounds, the solution is to have one of them linked instead of embedded.

For instance, you can have either both the background music and sound effect linked, OR, have the background music embedded while the sound effect linked.

Microsoft has addressed the issue here, including detailed steps on how to go about doing it:
“Background sound stops playing in a presentation when the presentation reaches a slide that uses built-in custom animation with sound effects in PowerPoint”

4 thoughts on “Play multiple sounds simultaneously

  1. This site is the best! It makes a solution on all things in powerpoint cause I love presentation in powerpoint even I am just a 2nd year student!

  2. hi, I would like to have 3 objects in one slide, each of them linked to a separate sound that starts playing when its object (e.g. A) is clicked, and stopping as soon as another obejct is clicked (plus sound A resets to its beginning, in case the viewer would click object A again). my idea is to create a language course, and people have to listen to 3 sentences before choosing an action. is this feasible in PPT ? or can you advise me another program ? thanks, brigitte.

  3. How can you embed a background music and link a sound effect when the background music is generally a larger file than the sound effect?
    “Link sounds with file size greater than…”
    That means the one with MORE memory are linked and the one less than the value are embed.
    BUT the music is larger than the sound effect… so how is that even possible to embed a music and link a sound?

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