How to change, disable, or enable Windows event sounds

Updated: 12/31/2020 by Computer Hope
Speaker playing sound.

Event sounds (e.g., chimes, beeps, buzzes) notify you of an occurrence in Microsoft Windows. For example, when you press an invalid key in a program, connect a new device to your computer, or when an error occurs.

The settings for these event sounds are controlled through the Sound Properties section of the Control Panel. To adjust the sound settings for these notifications, follow the steps below.

Note

Changing or disabling sounds using the instructions below only affects sounds relating to Windows functionality. Software and game sounds are controlled through the program itself and are not affected by changing or disabling Windows event sounds.

Note

Some sounds like basic beeps are generated by the internal speaker and cannot be changed using the following steps.

Disable or change individual sounds

Follow these steps to disable or change specific system sounds in Windows.

  1. Press the Windows key, type Control Panel, and then press Enter.

Or, open the Windows 10 Start menu, and choose Windows System > Control Panel.

Windows 10 Control Panel in Start menu

  1. In the Control Panel, click Hardware and Sound.

Hardware and Sound selector

  1. Make sure that the Hardware and Sound tab on the left is selected, then click Sound near the center portion of the screen.

Sound selector

  1. In the Sound window, click the Sounds tab.
  2. In the Program Events section, locate the sound you'd like to disable or change in the drop-down list under the Sounds subsection. Select (None) to disable the sound or select a different sound file to change it.

Changing Program event sound.

  1. Once you've made a selection, click Apply button and then click the OK button button.

Disable or change all sounds

Follow these steps to disable or modify all system sounds in Windows.

  1. Press the Windows key, type Control Panel, and then press Enter.
  2. In the window that appears, click Hardware and Sound.

Hardware and Sound selector

  1. Make sure that the Hardware and Sound tab on the left is selected, then click Sound near the center portion of the screen.

Sound selector

  1. In the Sound window, click the Sounds tab.
  2. Expand the drop-down list under the Sound Scheme section. Select (None) to disable all program event sounds or choose a different or default scheme.

Changing Program event sound

  1. Once you've made a selection, click Apply button and then click the OK button button.