Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Excel 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Excel, click here: Inserting a Sound File in Your Worksheet.

Inserting a Sound File in Your Worksheet

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated May 15, 2019)

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If you are the type that likes to give your workbooks a slant toward multimedia, Excel allows you to insert sound files in your worksheets. This is done in this manner:

  1. Select the cell near which you want the sound inserted.
  2. Choose Object from the Insert menu. You will see the Object dialog box.
  3. Click on the Create from File tab.
  4. Use the controls on the dialog box to locate a sound file that you want included with your document.
  5. Click on OK. An icon that looks like a speaker is inserted in your document.

You can later listen to your sound file by simply double-clicking on the speaker icon. You can also move the icon to some other place on your worksheet, as it appears to "float" over the actual contents of the worksheet. Simply click on the icon once, and use the mouse to drag it to a new location.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (2864) applies to Microsoft Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Excel (Excel 2007 and later) here: Inserting a Sound File in Your Worksheet.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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What is four more than 9?

2020-03-09 12:28:39

Peter Bloemendaal

The first column of my sheet contains the year of the music file. The secobnd column conatians the actual audio file, imported as you describe. Disadvantage: there is no way to "glue" the audio file to a cell. So: if I insert new rows, the "year" cells will move up, but the audio file will "stay foot" and thus end up in the wrong year row.


2015-12-26 21:09:45

Antonio Roberto Malfatti

I use Win7 and Office 2007.

Microsoft's offer for me to upgrade to Win7 Win10, did the update. But the Win10 did not work right; the Start Menu would not open. Even seeking help could not solve the problem. So, I chose to return to the Win7 version. It was from there that the problem arose: the beep I had to save an existing file in Excel, disappeared. I wish I could take back the beep.

I hope you understand my difficulty and you can send me a step by step I set up my system and be happy with it running again to my liking.

Patiently await his return with instructions.


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