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The following Microsoft Word macro example demonstrates how you can use Visual Basic for Applications to play a .wav sound file.
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The following macro uses the Windows API GetWindowDirectory to retrieve the Windows directory. It then uses the Windows API sndPlaySound to play the himes.wav file located in that directory.
Private Declare Function sndPlaySound Lib "winmm.dll" Alias _"sndPlaySoundA" (ByVal lpszSoundName As String, ByVal uFlags As Long) _As LongPrivate Declare Function GetWindowsDirectoryA Lib "Kernel32" _(ByVal lpBuffer As String, ByVal nSize As Long) As Long
NOTE: Place the Private Declare statements in the General Declarations section of the Visual Basic for Applications Editor window.
Sub PlayWav() Dim sBuf As String Dim cSize As Long Dim retval As Long Dim Windir As String 'Create a variable large enough to store the Windows path. sBuf = String(255, 0) cSize = 255 'Get Windows Directory retval = GetWindowsDirectoryA(sBuf, cSize) 'Strip buffer from Windows directory Windir = Left(sBuf, retval) 'Load and Play the sound. N = sndPlaySound(Windir + "\Media\Chimes.wav", 0)End Sub