How to disable or change Windows and Windows programs sounds

SoundThe sounds in Microsoft Windows and the sound in many of the Microsoft Windows programs such as Internet Explorer, MSN, Instant Windows Messenger, NetMeeting, etc. is all controlled through the sound properties in Control Panel. To adjust these settings follow the steps below.

  1. Click Start, Settings, and Control Panel.
  2. In Control Panel double-click the Sound and Audio Devices icon.
  3. Within the Sound and Audio Devices Properties window locate the sound you want to disable or change, select the sound, and either select (None) if you want to disable the sound or the sound file you want to use.
  4. Click Ok and save if prompted or if you want to save the settings of the previous scheme.

Alternatively if you want to have absolutely no sounds in Windows, Internet Explorer, etc. you can click the down arrow under Sound Scheme and select No Sounds and then click Ok.

Additional information

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