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Windows Media Playlists in PowerPoint 2003

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Author:
Geetesh Bajaj MVP
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SYMPTOMS
I can't get PowerPoint to play my media playlists.
CAUSE
You need PowerPoint 2003 to use this new feature.
RESOLUTION
In Windows Media Player, create a playlist consisting of the sequence of sounds that you want to play. You'll find more info about creating playlists at:

 
In PowerPoint 2003, create or open an existing presentation and go to the slide where you want to begin playing the sounds and choose Insert | Movies and Sounds | Sound from File…
 
Navigate to folder contain the playlist (*.WPL) file (you might need to change the "files of type" option to "All files (*.*)"
 
Select desired *.WPL playlist and click OK. (you can also choose another playlist format like *.M3U that PowerPoint can recognize). PowerPoint will prompt you if you want the sound to start "Automatically" - accept this option.

Right-click the shape that PowerPoint places on the slide and choose the Custom Animation option. In the Custom Animation task pane click on the item and choose "Effect Options" from the drop-down menu.
 
Specify in the "Stop playing" group how many slides you want the playlist to continue playing through. The largest number you can enter is 999 slides.
 
MORE INFORMATION
Note: It is a great idea to combine playlists and PowerPoint's Photo Album feature, especially if your playlist comprises only audio media (no video clips).
 
Note: Since a playlist can include either audio or video, the playlist object will appear and behave like a Movie object in PowerPoint for video. For sounds, it will appear as a black rectangle on the slide (where Windows Media visualizations will appear for audio). There's a current bug where the "hide while not playing" setting does not work. However, if that matters a lot, you can always drag the rectangle off the slide area in editing mode.
 
Note: Actually, you can also design a cool presentation that makes your slideshow look like a jukebox - or if you want something more subtle in a corporate environment, you could always use the playlist feature to play a series of musical clips in sequence.
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Article ID: 555066 - Last Review: 02/27/2004 02:44:00 - Revision: 1.0

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