Turn Off Notification and System Sounds in Windows 10

Notification sounds are an essential part of an operating system. Whenever there is an important action performed, Windows by default provides feedback to the user through notification sounds. We hear notification sounds for most common actions like connecting or disconnecting a USB device, battery low alert, calendar reminders and so on. We have already seen how to change sound in Windows. This tutorial shows you how to disable or turn off Notification & System Sounds in Windows 10.

Windows 10 comes shipped with a new set of sound notifications, some are borrowed from Windows 8.1. If you are migrating to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 you can easily notice the changes. Windows 10 has a new set of sound alerts for events like Calendar reminders, Messaging, Email, Volume change, etc. There is a way to customize the system tones according to your preferences. You can even turn off sound for all system alerts in Windows 10 by changing few sound settings on your PC .

Clik on the Speaker icon in the taskbar and move the slider to change the volume of the sound.

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Turn off System Sound in Windows 10

In order to be able to turn of system sounds in Windows 10, you will have to open the Sound settings. Right click on the Speakers icon which is present at the right side of the task bar.

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You will see “Sounds” option in the popup. Clicking on this opens a new window where you can customize sounds.

The “Sound” properties box provides a variety of options to customize sounds according to your needs. Browse through the list of available program events and choose the one which you intend to change or test. After choosing a particular sound for a an event in the “Sounds” section , click on the “Test” button to playback the same.

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This way you can modify sound for any of the events. Following are the list of few events, to which you can set the sound:

  • Asterisk
  • Calendar Reminder
  • Critical Battery Alarm
  • Desktop Mail Notification
  • Device Connect
  • Device Disconnect
  • Instant Message Notification
  • Low Battery Alarm
  • New Fax Notification
  • New Text Message Notification
  • System Notification
  • Incoming calls and more.

Saving Sound Schemes in Windows 10

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The modified sound settings can be saved as a scheme and can be switched according to your needs. In order to save changes you made to events, click on “Save as” button and assign a name, so that you can use it for now or for future use. You can always go back to the default sound settings by choosing the “Windows Default” option in the sound schemes section.

In order to turn off all system sounds in Windows 10, select the “No Sound” schema and save the sound settings as shown in the image. This should completely disable all system notification sounds.

Turn off Notification sounds in Windows 10

Turn off Notification sounds in Windows 10

Apart from system notifications in Windows 10, there are apps which send sound notifications with banners which land in to Action Center. For example, breaking news applications sends toast notifications  (banners) along with sound whenever there is a breaking news.

You can turn off notifications from these apps by heading to Settings app > System > Notifications. Just use the toggle under “Show app notifications” and turn it off. This should disable all notifications including Sounds from installed Windows Store apps.

You can also restrict a specific app from sending notifications by individually turning off app notifications using the same settings panel. You can either block complete notification from the app or block particularly “sound” by turning off “Play a sound when notification arrives” option – this results in silent app notifications which in turn piles up on your action center.

To completely disable all notification sounds for all the apps, move the slider for Show app notifications to the Off position.

Now read how you can adjust volume for individual programs in Windows 10.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.