Change Your Computer Sounds:

Ever noticed how noisy computers are, even without opening a single audio application?  They’re constantly bleeping, buzzing, tinging, pinging, and sometimes even talking.  Do you like the sounds your computer makes?  No?  Did you know you can change your computer sounds and all it takes is a few clicks of your favorite mouse?  Cool, huh?

If you want to hear a sexy voice welcome you to WIndows every day or hear applause instead of a robotic beep every time you get a new friend, you can make it so by simply changing your computer’s default sound settings.  Default settings are established during the manufacturing process and all computers of the same model leave the factory sounding just alike.  Some people don’t mind these factory default sounds but others want personalization.  A canned error bleep may be enough for some users but some of us function better when, uhhhhhh . . , when Butt-head calls us a dumb ass when we err (uh huh huh huh).

So, uhhh. . . where do we start?

Step #1 – Start with the ‘start’ button in the lower left-hand corner of the screen.  Click it, then click on through the ‘settings’ and ‘control panel’ options.  Now click on the ‘sounds’ option.

Step #2 – The “sounds properties’ window should open, revealing a list of events that generate default sounds.  Scroll through the options to the ‘exit Windows’ option (to use as an example here).  Note the information in the boxes below the ‘events’ list.  When ‘exit Windows’ is highlighted, you can see the name of the sound that event generates is called “Tada.”  Don’t like Tada?  Click the ‘browse’ button below the sound name to find more options, then click the icon in the ‘preview’ frame to hear each option before choosing one.

Step #3 – Highlight your chosen sound and click the ‘OK’ or ‘apply’ button.

But don’t stop there!  Scroll through the entire library of sound events and change as many of them as you’d like.  No matter which option(s) you choose, you can change your computer sounds by following these same simple steps.

Want even more originality?  Find a file online (or make your own) that ends with the .WAV extension, which indicates an audio file.  Download the file to this ‘sounds properties’ window, then click the ‘save link as’ or ‘save target as’ option to store the .WAV file on your computer.  Your file will be saved at ‘C:\Windows\media;’ it’s the default file where all PC audio files are stored.

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