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How Do I Manage Sounds in Microsoft Windows®

February 15, 2012  |  Difficulty: Medium

how to manage your own sounds or disable some and save the scheme

In Microsoft Windows® operating systems, the sound settings can be  easily changed, the basic functions are commonly known, such as changing volume or muting. In the article that focuses on changing a sound playback device you can read about another and more advanced setting. Using the instructions below you can learn how to change the sounds that play during particular operations. You will be able to manage your own sounds or disable some and save the scheme, but the instructions are slightly different depending on the version of Microsoft Windows® being used.

Instructions for Windows XP®:

  1. Go to “Start > Control Panel > Sounds and Audio Devices”.
  2. The “Sounds” tab is where you want to be.
  3. In the “Program events” area you can see all the system events. Select the one you desire.
  4. Now you can change the sound playing during this event. You have three options:
    Disable – From the “Sounds” dropdown menu select the “(None)” option.
    Change from predefined sounds - From the “Sounds” dropdown menu select the sound you desire.
    Change to your own sound
    – Click on the “Browse” button and locate the audio file you want to use.
  5. Now you can save the scheme by clicking on the “Save As” button above, or apply the changes by clicking on the “OK” button.

Instructions for Windows Vista® and Windows® 7:

  1. Go to “Start > Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Sound”.
  2. Switch to the “Sounds” tab.
  3. In the “Program events” area you can see all the system events. Select the one you desire.
  4. Now you can change the sound playing during this event. You have three options:
    Disable – From the “Sounds” dropdown menu select the “(None)” option.
    Change from predefined sounds - From the “Sounds” dropdown menu select the sound you desire.
    Change to your own sound
    – Click on the “Browse” button and locate the audio file you want to use.
  5. Now you can save the scheme by clicking on the “Save As” button above, or apply the changes by clicking on the “OK” button.

Tips and Tricks:

  • You can listen to a selected sound by clicking on the “Play/Test” button next to the “Sounds” dropdown menu.
  • If using an audio file for an event, it needs to be in the *.wma format.

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