Playing sound notes
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In Excel 5 and 95 it is possible to attach notes to a cell using a sound file. This soundnote kan be played back by opening the dialog for editing of cell notes. The macro below can also play the sound note attached to a cell for you:
Sub PlaySoundNotesInExcel95(CellAddress As String) ' for Excel 5 and 95 only If Not Application.CanPlaySounds Then Exit Sub On Error Resume Next ' in case there is no soundnote Range(CellAddress).SoundNote.Play On Error GoTo 0 End SubExcel 97 or later does not longer support the use of soundnotes. With the macros below it is possible to create a workaround to achieve the same effect:
Public Declare Function sndPlaySound Lib "winmm.dll" _ Alias "sndPlaySoundA" (ByVal lpszSoundName As String, ByVal uFlags As Long) As Long Sub PlayWavFile(WavFileName As String, Wait As Boolean) If Len(Dir(WavFileName)) = 0 Then Exit Sub ' no file to play If Wait Then ' play sound before running any more code sndPlaySound WavFileName, 0 Else ' play sound while code is running sndPlaySound WavFileName, 1 End If End Sub Sub PlaySoundNotesInExcel97(CellAddress As String) ' workaround for playing sound notes in Excel 97 or later Dim SoundFileName As String SoundFileName = vbNullString On Error Resume Next ' an error occurs if the cell doesn't have a note SoundFileName = Range(CellAddress).Comment.Text On Error GoTo 0 If Len(SoundFileName) = 0 Then Exit Sub ' no cell note If InStr(1, SoundFileName, Chr(10)) > 0 Then ' the note contains a line-break ' use the first line as the filename SoundFileName = Left(SoundFileName, InStr(1, SoundFileName, Chr(10)) - 1) End If PlayWavFile SoundFileName, False End Sub
How to create a soundnote:Insert a cell comment by rightclicking in a cell and select Insert Comment....
Fill in the complete filename and path to the soundfile to be played in the first sentence in the cell comment, e.g. C:\Foldername\Soundfilename.wav.
If you want to add a written message in addition to the sound filename, press the ENTER-key after the filename to create a new sentence in the comment. Add the text you want to the new sentence.
The macro PlaySoundNotesInExcel97 can be activated by the eventmacro Worksheet_SelectionChange(), this will make the soundnote play every time the user activates the cell with the soundnote.