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Using the Windows Media Player Control with Microsoft Office

This section describes how to embed the Windows Media Player 9 Series or later ActiveX control in various documents created using Microsoft Office XP.

In Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint®, you embed the control by selecting Object from the Insert menu, then choosing Windows Media Player from the list of available object types. The Windows Media Player control appears in the document at the current location. You can then select Format Control (Format Object in Excel) from the shortcut menu for the control to adjust the layout, text wrapping style, and other format options. In Word and Excel, you must be in design mode to do this.

Once you have positioned and formatted the control, you can configure it using the Properties dialog box, which is accessible from the Control Toolbox or from the shortcut menu in design mode for Word and Excel. Here you can specify basic Player control properties such as the control name, the URL of a digital media file, and the user interface mode. Setting the uiMode property to "none" hides everything in the control except the video or visualization window, allowing you to add your own buttons and write script code using Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) to handle the button clicks and Player control events.

From the basic Properties dialog box, you can also access the more sophisticated Windows Media Player Control Properties dialog box by double-clicking the "(Custom)" row or by clicking the ellipsis ("...") button after selecting that row. From this dialog box, you can modify all available Player control properties.

Note   You must be careful not to take actions in Player control event handlers that will result in the control being destroyed. For example, if you embed the Windows Media Player control on a slide in a PowerPoint presentation, do not call the PowerPoint Next method from the Player openStateChange event or any other event.

In addition, you should not set the Player.URL property from a Player control event handler.

In FrontPage, add the Windows Media Player control to a Web page by selecting Web Component from the Insert menu. In the Insert Web Component dialog box, select Advanced Controls from the Component type list, then select ActiveX Control from the list of control choices. In the next window of the dialog box, select Windows Media Player. If it is not listed, click Customize and select the Windows Media Player check box in the Control list.

After the Windows Media Player control is embedded, you can position and resize it, and modify its properties by selecting ActiveX Control Properties from the shortcut menu for the control. In the HTML view, the property values that you specify appear in the OBJECT element representing the Windows Media Player control. The object name appears as the ID attribute, and the control properties appear as PARAM tags. The object name gives you access to the Windows Media Player control object model, which you can program using Microsoft JScript. For more information, see Using the Windows Media Player Control in a Web Page.

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