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No Direct Visual Basic Equivalent for SOUND.PLAY()

Article ID: 105202

Article Last Modified on 6/23/2005


  • Microsoft Excel 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q105202


In Microsoft Excel, to play a sound file from disk in a Visual Basic macro, use the ExecuteExcel4Macro method.


Microsoft provides programming examples for illustration only, without warranty either expressed or implied. This includes, but is not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. This article assumes that you are familiar with the programming language that is being demonstrated and with the tools that are used to create and to debug procedures. Microsoft support engineers can help explain the functionality of a particular procedure, but they will not modify these examples to provide added functionality or construct procedures to meet your specific requirements. In a Microsoft Excel version 4.0 macro, to play a sound file directly from a disk, use the SOUND.PLAY() macro function. For example, to play a sound file called CHIMES.WAV, located in your Windows directory, you would use the following line of macro code:


In Microsoft Excel version 5.0, the nearest Visual Basic equivalent to SOUND.PLAY() is SoundNote.Play. However, this function will only play sound files that have been added to Microsoft Excel documents as sound notes.

Because of this limitation, you must use the ExecuteExcel4Macro method to play a sound file directly from disk in a Visual Basic macro. The Visual Basic equivalent of the macro code above is:

   Sub PlaySound()
      Application.ExecuteExcel4Macro _
   End Sub

Note the use of double quotation marks in this macro. These quotation marks are necessary because the first set of quotation marks are removed before the command is executed.

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