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How to: Play Sounds in Visual Basic 

This example plays a sound in the background.

Background playing lets the application execute other code while the sound plays. The My.Computer.Audio.Play method allows the application to play only one background sound at a time; when the application plays a new background sound, it stops playing the previous background sound. If you want to play a sound and wait for it to complete, see How to: Play Sounds and Wait For Completion in Visual Basic.

In general, when an application plays a looping sound, it should eventually stop the sound. For more information, see How to: Stop Playing Sounds in the Background in Visual Basic.


The My.Computer.Audio.Play method plays a sound in the background when PlayMode.Background is specified.

Check that the file name references a .wav sound file on your system.

Sub PlayBackgroundSoundFile()
    My.Computer.Audio.Play("C:\Waterfall.wav", _
End Sub

The My.Computer.Audio.Play method plays the specified sound in the background when PlayMode.Background is specified.

Check that the application resources include a .wav sound file named Waterfall.

Sub PlayBackgroundSoundResource()
    My.Computer.Audio.Play(My.Resources.Waterfall, _
End Sub

Compiling the Code

These code examples can run only within a Windows Forms or console application. For more information, see My.Computer.Audio.Play Method.

Robust Programming

The file name should reference a .wav sound file on your system.

To simplify the management of your sound files, consider storing the files as application resources. They can then be accessed through the My.Resources Object.

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