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    can't embed an audio file in either ppt or pps file

    I have a pretty straightforward ppt file -- a title slide followed by a bunch of images (e.g. a slideshow).

    I've attached a .wmv file (just over 5mb), set the option to play across slides, and changed the 'Max sound file size (kb)' to 50000 (as suggested in numerous help files found by Google).

    Both the ppt file, and the corresponding pps file when I save it that way, play the audio just fine.

    Problem is it won't embed the actual audio file into the ppt or pps file(s), in order that when I send it to someone they can hear the audio file.

    I know I could 'package' it all into a folder & email that, but I want this to be drop-dead simple for the recipients. They should simply be able to launch the pps file, watch the show & hear the music (assuming they have PowerPoint or the viewer installed).

    Any suggestions?

    thanks much in advance for any guidance

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    Sorry -- I just noticed a typo in my post -- the audio file I've attached to the ppt file is in fact a .wma file (not .wmv -- doh!).

    2 things I've noted:
    1) several posts elsewhere have noted that PowerPoint much prefers to work with .wav files, over any other format. So, I went so far as to find an online conversion site; while it successfully converted the wma file to wav, it also exploded the size from 5mb to 35mb! Which, while it successfully did attach to the ppt and pps files, made the result almost 40mb -- too large for many folks' email systems to accept; and,

    2) in desperation, and in order to be able to send this with at least some kind of music, I resorted to inserting a music clip from the delivered clip library. And, although the system tells me the audio clip I chose was only 7kb in size (it's a midi file), it still didn't get embedded into either the ppt or pps files.

    Colour me frustrated!! lol

    Any ideas, anyone?

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    If you have a version before 2010 then ONLY wav files can be embedded. There's no way to embedd wma or midi files.

    It is possible with a little trickery to convert to mp3 and then add a wav header.

    See "I want to embed mp3 files in PowerPoint"
    Last edited by JohnWilson; 2012-12-30 at 11:03.

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