Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. If you are using an earlier version (Excel 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Excel, click here: Inserting a Sound File in Your Worksheet.

Inserting a Sound File in Your Worksheet

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated September 1, 2017)

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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. Make sure the Insert tab of the ribbon is displayed.
  3. Click the Object tool in the Text group. Excel displays the Object dialog box.
  4. Click on the Create from File tab.
  5. Use the controls on the dialog box to locate a sound file that you want included with your document.
  6. 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 (8070) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Inserting a Sound File in Your Worksheet.

Author Bio

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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2017-09-01 15:30:40

Allen

Actually, Allan, there is an Object tool. The Text group in the figure you show has six tools in it. The middle tool on the right (just to the right of the Header & Footer tool) is the Object tool. Hover the mouse over it, and you should see the tool's name.

-Allen


2017-09-01 13:25:34

Allan Poe

"Click the Object tool in the Text group. Excel displays the Object dialog box."
I am using Excel 2007. There is no Object tool in the Text box. See attached image.

(see Figure 1 below)


Figure 1. Excel worksheet




2017-02-08 12:43:29

Peter Atherton

This reminds me of the speech method. Applied to a sheet use

Private Sub Worksheet_Change(ByVal Target As Range)
With Application.Speech
Target.Speak
End With
End Sub

Useful for those with eyesight problems. There is also

Private Sub Worksheet_SelectionChange(ByVal Target As Range)
With Application.Speech
Target.Speak
End With
End Sub


2017-02-08 12:28:15

Peter Atherton

I just tried this. Insert, Object, Create from File, Browse

Something like this

C:UsersUser NameMusicFile name

A text box is placed on the spreadsheet. Right-click the textbox choose Packager Shell Object Object Click the Arrow and choose activate object.

Minimise the music player and have music while you work.


2017-02-07 18:03:21

Robert Sanders


Thanks for the tips on adding sound file to Excel 2010 worksheet. My 2010 version does not show all of the different files. Plus where do I find sound files?


2016-05-28 15:51:47

Bob

Hi,
I have the same question made by Rosco below. Is there a work around for this problem, please?

Thanks.
Bob


2015-01-19 07:08:04

Rosco

Sorry. I am using Windows7 Pro 64 bit.
MS Office 2007 Pro. The Insert-Object drop down list offers NO choice to handle audio. Can this list be customised to include program of choice for users?

I have printscreen images of the present list of choices available, but where can I submit these for your perusal?


2014-07-10 14:42:00

Ben Excelribbontipsnet Reaves

not working for me on win7 63 excel2013 (en_us). Looks like it's adding a link maybe? File size doesn't increase much. No, maybe it's because I have wav set to open Audacity instead of Wmplayer? ?


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