Copying and Pasting from one slide to another:Audio Editor problem


I have a presentation that is near completion. One problem I have is that I originally put audio into slide 1. I then realised that said audio was actually meant to be in slide 2. So i copy and pasted the audio from slide 1 to slide 2 and deleted the audio on slide 1.

When I went to preview the slides I noticed that slide 1 was 2.32 mins long (length of audio in slide 2 now) despite having no audio (it is just an intro slide). I went back to audio editor, deleted the long but blank audio slide to about 10 seconds, saved it in audio editor and then saved the presentation. I played the slide again and it was still 2.32 mins long. I tried the same thing once or twice more and every time I go back to the slide it is still 2.32 mins of an empty audio slide.

How do I fix this?



2 Replies
Timothy August

Feel free to see if others have a more elegant solution, but what you describe has happened to me before and I'll tell you what I ended up having to do.  I've actually had situations like that happen more than once, and I've spent hours trying to fix it before I figured a few workarounds.

From what I can tell, for some reason, once audio is associated with a given slide, it's very hard to "disassociate" the properties of the original audio.  

If I'm reading your needs correctly, you'd rather just have 10 seconds of silence on that original slide?  The first (quickest) option I would try would be to create an audio clip of 10 seconds (or however long) of silence in an external audio editor (not in Powerpoint/Studio) and then import that audio clip into the slide, overriding the current audio.  That would probably do it.  I've had problems editing within Powerpoint/Studio.

In an absolute worst case scenario (and I've had to do this before), if the slide is simple enough, you can always insert a new slide adjacent to the tainted one and re-create the original by copying and pasting the contents to the new slide. Just don't try doing it by "duplicating" the original slide, as that will carry over its original audio and slide settings.  Just "re-create" from a fresh/blank slide, as described, and the audio quirk shouldn't carry over.  Then just delete the original slide which had the audio issue.


Ciaran Lanigan

Hi Timothy,

Sorry about the long (long!) delay. If I remember correctly I rectified that problem. Unfortunately that was in my old job and I am currently looking for a job at the moment! I must have totally forgotten about this account to have not checked it.

Anyway, thanks for the feedback.