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How to change sounds in Windows 10

Today, we will see how to change various sounds that play when certain events occur in Windows 10 or in installed programs. These events can be an action that you perform, such as logging on to your computer, or an action that your computer performs automatically, such as alerting you when you receive new e‑mail. We will learn how to change individual sounds for events or the whole sound scheme for your user account in Windows.

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All settings related to sounds in Windows are located in the following Control Panel applet:
Control Panel\Hardware and Sound\Sound
To open this applet, you need to open the Control panel. This method is universal and works in every Windows version:
  1. Press Win + R shortcut keys together on the keyboard to open the "Run" dialog. Tip: See the ultimate list of all Windows keyboard shortcuts with Win keys.
  2. Type control and press Enter.

Control Panel will appear on your screen:Windows 10 control panel opened

Tip: see all ways to open Control Panel in Windows 10.

Open the Control Panel\Hardware and Sound category and click the Sound icon.

Control Panel Hardware and Sound icon SoundsThe following window will appear on the screen:Windows 10 enable startup sound

Click the Sounds tab.

  • To change a sound scheme: In the Sound Scheme list, click the sound scheme that you want to use, and then click OK. Click the 'Test' button to listen to the sound. You can also double click on the event itself to play the sound.
  • To change one or more sounds: in the Program Events list, click the event that you want to assign a new sound for. Then, in the Sounds list, click the sound that you want to associate with the event, and then click OK. If the sound you want to use isn't listed, click Browse to locate it.
    To change more than one sound, follow the steps above, but click Apply after clicking each sound, until you've made all the changes you want. Then click OK to close the dialog.
    To get a sense of what a sound you choose is like, in the Program Events list, click different events, and then click Test to hear how each one sounds in that scheme.
  • To save a sound scheme: You might want to save your customized sound scheme so even if you change some sounds, you can easily restore the entire set of sounds you used earlier with 1-click. To save a sound scheme, click the 'Save As' button and type a name for the sound scheme.

Where I can get free Windows sounds?

If you want to customize sounds which play for various Windows events on your PC, refer to the Winsounds.com website. Using that website, you can get lots of sounds for free.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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