Hide Sound Icon on PowerPoint Slideshows

Remove the visual cue to de-clutter the visual appeal of your presentation

Hide sound icon on PowerPoint slide using Effect Options


Many PowerPoint slideshows play with accompanying sounds or music that starts automatically, either for the whole slideshow or when one slide is shown. If you think that the sound icon on the slide will distract your audience, hide it during your show.

Instructions in this article apply to PowerPoint 2019, 2016, 2013, 2010, 2007; PowerPoint for Microsoft 365, and PowerPoint for Mac 2016.

Hide the Slide Icon in PowerPoint

  1. Select the audio clip icon on the slide.

  2. Under Audio Tools, select Playback. In PowerPoint 2007, under Sound Tools, select Options.

  3. Select Hide During Show.

    PowerPoint slide showing the Audio Playback tools
  4. To test your presentation, go to Slide Show.

  5. Select From Beginning or press F5 to start the slideshow.

The process differs for PowerPoint for Mac 2016. Select the audio-clip icon, the click Playback and select Hide During Show.

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