How to disable or change Windows and Windows programs sounds

SoundThe sounds in Microsoft Windows and many of its programs, such as Internet Explorer and Windows Instant Messenger, are controlled through the sound properties section of the Control Panel. To adjust the sound settings for these programs, follow the steps below.

Disable or change individual sounds

Windows Vista, 7, 8, and 10 users

  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. In the Control Panel, click or Hardware and Sound.
  3. Click Sound.
  4. In the Sound window click the Sounds tab.
  5. In the Program Events section, find the sound you want to disable or change. Then, in the drop-down list in the Sounds section, select (None) if you want to disable the sound or select a different sound file if you want to change the sound.
  6. Click OK and Save or Yes if prompted or to save the settings for the currently selected Sound Scheme.

Windows XP and earlier

  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. In the Control Panel, click or double-click the Sound icon.
  3. In the Sound settings window, click on the Sounds tab.
  4. In the Program Events section, find the sound you want to disable or change. Then, in the drop-down list in the Sounds section, select (None) if you want to disable the sound or select a different sound file if you want to change the sound.
  5. Click OK and Save or Yes if prompted or to save the settings for the currently selected Sound Scheme.

Disable or change all sounds

Windows Vista, 7, 8, and 10 users

  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. In the Control Panel, click or Hardware and Sound.
  3. Click Sound.
  4. In the Sound window click the Sounds tab.
  5. In the Program Events section, find the sound you want to disable or change. Then, in the drop-down list in the Sounds section, select (None) if you want to disable the sound or select a different sound file if you want to change the sound.
  6. Click OK and Save or Yes if prompted or to save the settings for the currently selected Sound Scheme.

Windows XP and earlier

  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. In the Control Panel, click or double-click the Sound icon.
  3. In the Sound settings window, click on the Sound tab.
  4. In the Sound Schemes section, click on the drop-down list and select No Sounds if you want to disable all sounds or select a different sound scheme if you want to change all sounds.
  5. Click OK to save the updated sound settings.

Additional information

  • See our sound definition for further information and related links on this term.