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 Sub
Excel 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 Dir(WavFileName) = "" 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 = "" 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 SoundFileName = "" 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 PlayFileWav 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,
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.
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