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Excel: SOUND.PLAY() Function Cannot Play Compressed Wave Files

Last reviewed: September 12, 1996
Article ID: Q102436

The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Excel for Windows, version 4.0


In Microsoft Excel, when you use a SOUND.PLAY() macro to play a compressed wave file, the macro statement will return an error.


The Microsoft Windows Sound System allows you to change the compression ratio of wave files to 4 bits per sample. However, if you attempt to play a compressed wave file (4 bits per sample) with the SOUND.PLAY() function, you will receive a macro error.


To work around this problem, use the Quick Recorder to set the compression ratio for wave files.

NOTE: Quick Recorder is an application that ships with the Microsoft Windows Sound System.

To set the compression ratio:

  1. Start the Quick Recorder.
  2. From the Options menu, choose the Compression command. The Compression dialog box appears.
  3. Select the ratio you want.
  4. Choose the OK button.
  5. From the File menu, choose Save.

NOTE: The SOUND.PLAY() function can play wave files with Normal compression (8 bits per sample) and High Fidelity (16 bits per sample).


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Microsoft Excel version 4.0. We are researching this problem and will post new information here in the Microsoft Knowledge Base as it becomes available.


"Microsoft Windows Sound System User's Guide," page 79 "Function Reference," page 415

KBCategory: kbsound


Additional reference words: wss 4.00

Last reviewed: September 12, 1996
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