Change computer sounds

You can set your computer to play a unique sound when repeated system events happen, such as when you log on or close a program. Here's how to assign a sound to a system event.

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To change computer sounds using your mouse

  1. Click the Start button, and then click Control Panel.

  2. In Control Panel, make sure you are in Classic View, with all Control Panel icons showing. If not, click Switch to Classic View in the left pane of Control Panel.

  3. Click Sound and Audio Devices to open the Sound and Audio Devices Properties dialog box. Click the Sounds tab. Go down to the Program events list. Click a System event and then click the Sounds menu for the sound that you want to hear with your chosen action.

  4. Click OK, and then click the Close button in Control Panel.

To change computer sounds using your keyboard

  1. Display the Start menu by pressing Ctrl+Esc (or the Windows logo key). Then open Control Panel by pressing C.

  2. In Control Panel, make sure you are in Classic View, with all Control Panel icons showing. If not, go to the left pane of Control Panel and open Switch to Classic View by pressing Tab and then Enter. Press the arrow keys to move to Sound and Audio Devices, and then press Enter.

  3. In the Sound and Audio Devices Properties dialog box, move to the Sounds tab by pressing Ctrl+Tab. Press Alt+P to reach the Programs events list. Select a system event by moving the Up Arrow or the Down Arrow keys. Move to the Sounds menu by pressing Alt+S and choose a sound for your chosen action by pressing the Up Arrow or the Down Arrow keys. Then press Enter.

  4. Close Control Panel by pressing Alt+F, C.