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(Quoted directly from the official PowerPoint FAQ's Page at http://www.rdpslides.com/pptfaq/FAQ00047.htm
If you use PowerPoint 2000 (and PowerPoint 97 works much the same)
Right-click the sound's icon and pick Custom Animation from the popup menu.
Click the Multimedia Settings tab and make certain that the object is selected.
Click to put a checkmark next to Play using animation order.
Click to select Continue slide show. This tells PowerPoint NOT to stop playing the sound when you move to the next slide.
Under Stop Playing, click After and dial in the number of slides you'd like the sound to play through. If you want the sound to continue through the end of the presentation, dial in a really big number.
That's all there is to it. Your sound will now continue after you leave the slide on which you placed it.
If you're having difficulty with a CD audio track in PPT 97, check to see if it's the last track on the CD. If it is, check http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;Q193119
If you convert your presentation to HTML for use on the web, sounds added this way won't play across multiple slides. See Sounds won't play across multiple slides on the web for a possible workaround.
And if you use PowerPoint 20002/XP
Say yes when asked if you want the sound to play automatically. If you are not asked this, don't worry, the next steps will let you set that (or double-check the settings if you were asked and said yes.)
Right-click the sound's icon and pick Custom Animation from the popup menu. The Custom Animation pane will open and your sound file should be listed.
Click the arrow directly to the right of the sound icon to pull down the various options.
Select Effect Options, and on the Effects tab, click the radio button beside Stop Playing after XXX slides. Put 999 in the box so the track will play throughout all your slides, even if you go back and forth among slides. PPT
Now check the settings in the Timing tab. To play automatically, the timing should be set to Start After Previous with a 0-second delay.Click OK to close the dialog box.
For example, your presentation has 100 slides. You want the first CD track to play from slides 1-30 and the second CD track to play from slides 31-100.
Custom Animation Effects tab settings for the first CD track should be Start Playing at Beginning, Stop Playing After 100 Slides. (If you put stop playing after 30 slides as you'd expect to do, the second track won't play.)
Custom Animation Effects tab settings for the second CD track should also be Start Playing at Beginning, Stop Playing After 100 Slides.
You can also put the 999 instead of 100 in the "Stop Playing After XXX Slides." The point here is that you need to put at least the entire number of slides in the presentation in that "Stop Playing After" box, not the actual number of slides you want the sound to stop playing after.