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How to manage system sounds on Windows 11

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Windows 11 comes with new system sounds for events and apps to align with the design language across the desktop. Microsoft has even created variants of the default sounds specifically for the dark mode. In this version, you will new new sounds for virtually every default sound, such as for battery, critical stop, connect and disconnect devices, exclamation, asterisk, and more. Furthermore, there's even a new startup sound that plays every time the computer starts.

Although the default settings will suit most users, Windows 11 allows you to change the default sounds to other tunes. You can also disable the startup sound or all the sounds for a quieter experience.

In this Windows 11 guide, we will walk you through the steps to change and disable system sounds on your computer.

How to change system sounds on Windows 11

To change the system sounds on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Personalization.
  3. Click the Themes page on the right side.

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  1. Click the Sounds option.

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  1. Click the Sounds tab (if applicable).
  2. Under the "Program Events" section, select the event to change the sound.
  3. (Optional) Click the Test button to preview it.
  4. Select the new sound with the "Sounds" drop-down menu.Quick note: You can also click the "Browse" button to change the sound to anything you want as long as the file is a ".wav" file extension.

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  1. Repeat steps 6 through 7 to change other system sounds.
  2. Click the Apply button.
  3. Click the OK button.

Once you complete the steps, the new sounds for the system events will apply on Windows 11.

How to disable system sounds on Windows 11

To turn off all the sounds on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Personalization.
  3. Click the Themes page on the right side.

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  1. Click the Sounds option.

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  1. Click the Sounds tab (if applicable).
  2. Under the "Sound Scheme" section, select the No sounds option using the drop-down menu.

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  1. Click the Apply button.
  2. Click the OK button.

After you complete the steps, the system will not play any sound for any Windows 11 events.

How to disable startup sounds on Windows 11

To disable the startup sound, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Personalization.
  3. Click the Themes page on the right side.

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  1. Click the Sounds option.

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  1. Click the Sounds tab (if applicable).
  2. Clear the Play Windows Startup sound option.

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  1. Click the Apply button.
  2. Click the OK button.

Once you complete the steps, the Windows 11 startup sound will no longer play every time your computer boots up.

How to create custom sound scheme on Windows 11

To create a sound scheme on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Personalization.
  3. Click the Themes page on the right side.

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  1. Click the Sounds option.

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  1. Click the Sounds tab (if applicable).
  2. Under the "Program Events" section, select the event to change the sound.

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  1. Select the new sound with the "Sounds" drop-down menu.
  2. Repeat steps 6 through 7 to change other system sounds.
  3. (Optional) Clear the Play Windows Startup sound option.
  4. Click the Save As button.

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  1. Confirm a name for the scheme.
  2. Click the OK button.

Once you complete the steps, the custom settings will save as a new sound scheme for Windows 11.

More Windows resources

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Mauro Huculak is technical writer for WindowsCentral.com. His primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos to help users get the most out of Windows 10 and its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA, and he's a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community.