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If we knew, you wouldn't be reading it in this section, would you? Well then.


We know that we can embed mp3s in PPT in a way that is more or less, more or more, useless.

Inserting them as objects.
Insert, Object, Create from file, Browse, Select the mp3 file, OK


Right-click it, choose Activate contents to open the mp3 in Windows Media Player
(look at the name of the file)

Save the ppt (look at its size). The mp3 is embedded, you can tell from the size of the PPT.
Quit PowerPoint.
Now throw the original mp3 away. Delete it.
Open the presentation.
Ah. The MP3 still plays so it must be embedded, not linked.

While playing in WMP right-click the mp3, choose new-name and select "Open
contents of folder that contains the file"... it is C:\WINDOWS\Internet etc

OK. So far, we have an embedded mp3 that plays in WMP. No big deal, not very useful.

But now we'll venture into full-on, hardcore uselessness:

Right click the mp3, Edit package, File, Import, select a video,
Open, Accept (Activate?), Close.

It appears (when opened in WMP) and disappears (when closing WMP) in C:\WINDOWS\Internet etc etc\Content.IE5\somename

Now we can have "Videos embedded in PowerPoint that play in WMP".

"The trick" is to insert FIRST an mp3 to be able to change it FROM the Object packager.

Very cordialmente

(PowerPoint MVP) Enric Mañas

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