Playing MP3 Files From Excel

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If you create a hyperlink in a cell that points to an MP3 file, clicking the hyperlink plays the audio file in your default MP3 program. But there's a big problem: You will get at least one (probably two) annoying security messages. Microsoft has described a way to disable these messages, but it's a complicated procedure.

Here's an alternative approach that uses a simple VBA macro. The macro assumes the active cell contains a compete filepec for an MP3 file (that is, the full path and the filename).

Sub PlayMP3()
   Application.ScreenUpdating = False
   On Error Resume Next
   ActiveSheet.OLEObjects.Add(Filename:=ActiveCell.Text, Link:=True).Select
   If Err.Number <> 0 Then
     Application.ScreenUpdating = True
     MsgBox "Could not play " & ActiveCell.Text
     Exit Sub
   End If
End Sub

The PlayMP3 procedure creates an OLE object that links to the file in the active cell. The Verb method loads the linked file into the default MP3 player, and then the OLE object is deleted. If the active cell contains something other than a valid path to an MP3 file, a message is displayed and nothing happens. It's fast, and you'll never see a security warning message. 

By the way, this VBA macro also works with image files. If the active cell contains a path to an image file, the file is displayed in your default image viewing software.

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