PowerPoint 2003: Adding Background Music from a CD

Lesson 24: Adding Background Music from a CD



By the end of this module, you should be able to:

  • Add background music from a CD to a presentation
  • Hide the sound icon in Slide Show view
  • Loop the selected music through the entire slide show

Adding background music from a CD

You may want to add background music to some of your PowerPoint presentations. For example, if you create a slide show of family pictures, you may want play music in the background. If you give a presentation at work, you could play music during the introduction slides before you speak.

To add background music from a CD:

  • Select the first slide where you want the music to play.
  • Select InsertactionMovies and Sounds.
  • Select Play CD Audio Track. The Insert CD Audio dialog box will appear.
  • Verify that you have a CD in the CD drive of your computer.
  • Select the track number to start playing.
  • Select the track number where you want to end.

    Tip For example, if you want to only play tracks five and six of the CD, list track 5 as your start track and track 6 as your end track.
  • Select Loop until Stopped to continue playing the music until the slide show is complete.
  • Select Hide sound icon during slide show.

    Music on CD
  • Click OK.
  • Click Automatically to start the music when the slide appears. The CD sound icon will appear.

TipIf you want to insert music from a digital file, select InsertactionMovies and SoundsactionSound from File and follow the instructions that appear in the task pane.


If you have not already done so in a previous challenge, download and save the Sample PowerPoint presentation to complete this challenge.

  • Open the Sample PowerPoint presentation.
  • Insert a CD into your computer's CD drive.
  • Add tracks 2 and 3 as background music to the presentation.
  • Hide the sound icon from view.
  • Play the presentation in Slide Show view.
  • Close the presentation without saving the file.