Microsoft KB Archive/107137

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Article ID: 107137

Article Last Modified on 8/15/2005


  • Microsoft Excel 95 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Excel 5.0 Standard Edition

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In Microsoft Excel versions earlier than 5.0, the ALERT() macro function automatically causes the computer to beep. In Microsoft Excel versions 5.0 and 7.0, the computer does not automatically beep when you use the ALERT() macro function or the Visual Basic MsgBox function.


Microsoft Excel version 5.0 does not automatically beep when an ALERT() box or MsgBox is displayed. This allows you to determine what sound (if any) you want to be played when a message box is displayed.

If you do want to hear a beep sound, you must use the BEEP() function or the Visual Basic Beep statement before you issue the ALERT() function or the MsgBox command. The following examples illustrate how to do this.

Visual Basic Example

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In Microsoft Excel version 5.0 or 7.0, open a new Visual Basic module and type the following code:

Sub Test()
   Beep                    'Causes the computer to beep
   MsgBox "Hello", 64      'Displays an information message box
End Sub

Microsoft Excel 4.0 Macro Example

In Microsoft Excel version 5.0 or 7.0, open a new Microsoft Excel 4.0 macro sheet and type the following macro:

   A1: =BEEP()
   A2: =ALERT("Hello")
   A3: =RETURN()

Explanation of Macro Code

A1: Causes the computer to beep.
A2: Displays an information alert box with the text: "Hello"
A3: Ends the macro.

Instead of using the =BEEP() function or the Beep procedure, you can use the SOUND.PLAY() function to play any sound before displaying the message box. For example, for a Visual Basic macro, use the following code:

   Application.ExecuteExcel4Macro "SOUND.PLAY(,""C:\WINDOWS\CHIMES.WAV"")"

For a Microsoft Excel version 4.0 macro, use the following code:


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