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My.Computer.Audio Object 

Provides methods for playing sounds.

You can use the My.Computer.Audio.Play and My.Computer.Audio.PlaySystemSound methods to play .wav sound files and system sounds.

The following table lists examples of tasks involving the My.Computer.Audio object.

To See

Play a sound in the background.

How to: Play Sounds in Visual Basic

Play a sound once and wait for completion.

How to: Play Sounds and Wait For Completion in Visual Basic

Play a sound many times.

How to: Play Looping Sounds in Visual Basic

Stop a sound playing in the background.

How to: Stop Playing Sounds in the Background in Visual Basic

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

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

This code can run only within a Windows Forms application.

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. The files can then be accessed through the My.Resources Object.

Namespace: Microsoft.VisualBasic.Devices

Class: Audio

Assembly: Visual Basic Runtime Library (in Microsoft.VisualBasic.dll)

Availability by Project Type

Project type Available

Windows Application


Class Library


Console Application


Windows Control Library


Web Control Library


Windows Service


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