Microsoft Access: VBA Programming Code

Provided by Allen Browne.  Last updated: April 2010.

PlaySound() function

To play a sound in any event, just set an event such as a form's OnOpen to:


Paste the declaration and function into a module, and save.

Use the 16-bit version for Access 1 and 2.

Note that these calls will not work with the 64-bit version of Office (as distinct from the 64-bit versions of Windows.)

32-bit versions (Access 95 onwards):

  Declare Function apisndPlaySound Lib "winmm" Alias "sndPlaySoundA" _
    (ByVal filename As String, ByVal snd_async As Long) As Long

  Function PlaySound(sWavFile As String)
    ' Purpose:  Plays a sound.
    ' Argument: the full path and file name.

    If apisndPlaySound(sWavFile, 1) = 0 Then
        MsgBox "The Sound Did Not Play!"
    End If
  End Function

16-bit versions (Access 1 or 2):

  Declare Function sndplaysound% Lib "mmsystem" (ByVal filename$, ByVal snd_async%)

  Function PlaySound (msound)
    Dim XX%
    XX% = sndplaysound(msound, 1)
    If XX% = 0 Then MsgBox "The Sound Did Not Play!"
  End Function

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