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.

22 Comments

  1. Sst4nN

    The sound effect for volume changes isn’t on that list? It’s the only one I want to turn off, really..

  2. a

    searching the same

  3. Gav

    It’s “default beep”. Set it to none and that stops the volume control, side effect of stopping all apps that just play the default beep for things (almost all of them).

  4. brvheart

    I have my sounds settings set to none, and I still get a super annoying default tone whenever I change volume or put a video or something in full screen.

    I have literally everything turned off. All notifications and all sounds, and still the sounds persists.

  5. Faruk

    same with me, i cant turn of annoying sound,

    it just keeps bringing them back.

    I set sound to NONE, and whatever i do next it brings the sound back,

    what the hell is wrong with you windows, first you unable classic theme and now i have to listen PING, CLING and other idiotic sounds….

  6. Chadrick

    I just really want to make it LESS loud. It’s so annoying. The “beep” (it’s nothing like a beep in Windows 10″ is so much louder than anything else, I feel like it doesn’t give an accurate reflection of the true volume level.

  7. Tony

    Have done the “To completely disable all notification sounds for all the apps, move the slider for Show app notifications to the Off position.” but when I tell my computer to “sleep” and then log back on, the app has gone back to its original default setting of On, and I can’t find a way to make it save the settings as there is no Save tab.

  8. Ben Horle

    Thank You so Much!

  9. RoseFlorida

    I just upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10. I have many annoying sounds, and can’t figure out what they are notifying me of. Thanks for this advice, I hope it will work. “None” sounds good, with one or two exceptions tolerated after I find if that works. What a waste of a user’s time.

  10. Mudassar Mahmood

    Hi,Plz guide me.Upgrading from Win 7 to Wind 10,will our files be save or not?

  11. RoseFlorida

    My experience has been a) files were not lost, b) problems with “permissions”, i.e. saving files or changing files in my C (root) drive. c) annoying characteristics – such as sound problems, pages that are supposed to be providing we with options but are blank, work I have to do to get my old programs accessible so I can run them. d) some really annoying things that make life more difficult, for no reason. For example, in Windows 7 if you copy a file and try to save it to a folder that already has a file of the same name, then you are offered a choice – copy over, don’t copy or copy with a different name. That same procedure in Windows 10 does the same thing, but explains more and adds another step – another click – to do the work. Why somebody thought it was a good idea to introduce another click to do something that I find is a common task is beyond me.

  12. Mudassar Mahmood

    Thanks

  13. Schlock

    Thank you for this, was really tired of hearing the USB connect/disconnect sounds all the time.

  14. Hikmet Raffaelovi?

    Thanks man!

  15. Microsoft updated my pc to Windows 10 on 9/15/16. The above explanation is invalid on my computer.

    Instead, go to SETTINGS–>THEMES–>ADVANCED SOUND SETTINGS. From there you’ll get the familiar Sound properties tab. You can NOT search for “sound” and hope to find it.
    Just one of hundreds of anti-intuitive modifications from Microsoft.

  16. Per Bartnes

    If you are on Windows 10 and have issues with “No Sounds” being changed back to Windows Default, it’s worth knowing about this: If you change windows Theme the “Sound Scheme” is also changed!

  17. Lynn

    I did this and I also turned off all email notifications but still get beeps and do not know why. They sound like incoming email beeps. I do not know how to turn them off so I can hear the presentations for school.

  18. starmonche

    Incorrect. You have always been able to change the sound profile in Windows by right-clicking the speaker icon in the notification tray. It goes to the exact same settings that you describe.

  19. 1two1

    So guys i finally found a solution. Well, its more of a work around that disables windows from doing what it wants to do as it no more knows the path of the file

    So here is what you need to do-

    Go to
    C:Windows
    and locate the folder “media”

    Rename the folder to “media1” (or anything of your preference, it basically needs to be renamed to anything except media)

    FIN!

    That’s literally all you need to do! and you won’t hear any of those annoying notification sounds irrespective of whether your earphones are plugged in or not.

    You’re welcome 🙂

  20. Jeff Ryan

    Yeah? And just how do I go to “C:Windows”?

  21. Mark Larson

    On occasion, I am getting an odd notification, kind of like an acoustic keyboard sound, with several beeps or rings to it…it is very odd because it is sporadic and does not happen all the time. I just got this new machine with Windows 10 so it only started after using this computer. I have disabled all notifications that I am aware of but these funky sounds keep popping up. Any insight would be appreciated! Thanks.

  22. thank you so much. now i can watch youtube in peace without win10 blowing out my eardrums

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