You can play music continuously during a presentation that you have posted to a Web site. The effect is quite striking. Because you usually are not narrating, the music doesn’t interfere, as it would if you were delivering a presentation live. Here’s the technique:
- Choose File>Save as Web Page. In the Save as Type drop-down list, make sure that the type is Web Page (*.htm; *.html), not Single File Web Page.
- Click Publish. Click Web Options and choose the settings that you want.
- Click Publish again to publish the presentation.
- Find the frame.htm file in the folder that contains all the presentation files. Shift+right-click and choose Open With to open it with Notepad. You’ll see the HTML code for the file.
- After the <html> tag but before the <head> tag, add the following. Within the quotes, put the name of the music file you want to use. I’ve successfully tried MID, MP3, and WMA files.
<bgsound src=”harpsichord.mid” loop=infinite>
- Save the file and close Notepad.
- Copy the music file to the same folder as the presentation. The folder is called [filename]_files.
- Open frame.htm in Internet Explorer and the music should play and loop continuously.
- Upload the files to your Web site!
To see an example in action go to my Quarterly Sales Report sample presentation. The music takes 36 seconds to complete one run-through and the presentation is only 4 slides long, so give the music a chance to loop. This presentation is from the tutorial at the beginning of my book, How to Do Everything with Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003.