PPT2000: Cannot Embed MIDI Files Into a Presentation

ID: Q237976

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When you insert a MIDI (.mid) file into a PowerPoint 2000 presentation, the file is not embedded into the file structure. Instead an "implied link" is created to the location of the MIDI file.

If the MIDI file is in the same directory as the presentation, the link is stored using only the file name. When PowerPoint loads the file, it searches the same directory that the presentation is located. If the MIDI file is located in another directory, then a fully qualified file path will be created to link to the file.


The link to the MIDI file cannot be edited through the Links dialog box. It can only be modified with a Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) macro.

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The following code sample requires that you select the MIDI file before you run the macro. You will be prompted with a dialog box that has the current path for the MIDI file. Just type the path to the new location, and press OK.

Sub MIDIpath()
   On Error GoTo ErrorHandler ' Enable error-handling routine.
   Dim strCurrentLocation As String
   Dim strNewLocation As String
   ' This requires that you have selected a MIDI file 
   ' before running this macro
   With ActiveWindow.Selection.ShapeRange
      ' Save the current settings for the file's location
      strCurrentLocation = .LinkFormat.SourceFullName
      ' Get the new location for the file.
      strNewLocation = InputBox("Enter in new MIDI File Location", _ 
      ' If the strNewLocation is not empty, then assign
      ' it to SourceFullName.
      ' NOTE: This does not check to see if the file is
      ' actually in the location specified.
      If strNewLocation <> "" Then 
         .LinkFormat.SourceFullName = strNewLocation
      End If
   End With
Exit Sub ' Exit the subroutine to avoid the error handler.

ErrorHandler: ' Error-handling routine.
   ' Let the user know that no MIDI file was selected.
   MsgBox "No MIDI file has been selected." & vbNewLine & _
   "Please select a MIDI file icon and run this macro again."
End Sub 


For more information about using the sample code in this article, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

Q212536 OFF2000: How to Run Sample Code from Knowledge Base Articles

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Keywords          : kbmm kbui kbdta 
Version           : WINDOWS:2000
Platform          : WINDOWS 
Issue type        : kbhowto kbprb 

Last Reviewed: August 3, 1999