Do Windows’ sounds ever get on your nerves? In my case, I have grown to dislike the click sound when I click on a link in Internet Explorer or in Windows Explorer. I find it distracting as I work or play on my computer.
Fortunately, we can do something about that… Windows lets us assign different sounds to some specific Windows functions ("events").
In this case, the offending selection is the sound file assigned to the event called "Start Navigation" in Windows Explorer. That’s right, even if you’re using Internet Explorer, that’s the Windows event that gets called when you click on a link.
In order to change the sound assigned to this event, the first step is to open the Control Panel and select "Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices".
On the resulting "Sounds and Audio Devices Properties" dialog box, click on the Sounds tab at the top of the box.
On the Sounds tab, scroll down to the Windows Explorer portion of the selections. As you can see in the image below, there are a lot of events to which we can assign different sounds. Once you find Windows Explorer, you’ll have to scroll a little farther to find the "Start Navigation" event.
Select the Start Navigation event. If there’s a sound currently assigned to that event, you’ll see a little image of a speaker cone beside the event’s name. Once you select an event, the currently assigned sound will show in the dialog box (labelled "2" in the image).
To change the sound, just select a different sound from the pulldown option box. The sounds displayed are all in one of the Windows directories. If you have other sounds that you want to use, you can Browse to find them and assign them to events.
This same option box can be used to select None, meaning no sound. That’s what I want!