When you use Media Player to play sounds, CD-audio clips, or MIDI files
during a slide show, a gray box always displays in place of the Media
Player icon, even if the icon is covered by another object.
You can use Media Player to play sounds across multiple slides. Because
there is no actual image to display when Media Player plays any kind of
audio clip, a gray box appears in place of the Media Player icon. Media
Player must be able to display movies, so it always comes to the top
during a slide show, regardless of what objects are placed on top of it
and regardless of which Media Player options are chosen.
To work around this behavior and remove the gray box from the screen so
that it does not disrupt the appearance of the presentation, use the
appropriate method for your situation:
Method 1: Insert the sound as a Clip Gallery object
- On the Insert menu, point to Movies And Sounds, and then click Sound
- If the sound you want is not listed in Clip Gallery, click Import
Clips. Follow the instructions on your screen to add your sound.
- Click the icon that represents your sound and then click Insert.
Method 2: Use Sound Recorder Rather than Media Clip
- On the Insert menu, click Sound.
- Select the sound file you want to use.
- Attach sound files to transitions where appropriate.
Method 3: Use Media Player
Hold down the ALT key and drag the Media Player icon entirely off the
slide and set up Media Player to play automatically.