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I'm really appreciating conemu as an alternative windows shell, but the alert bell sound is driving me crazy! (I wear earbuds and that sound goes right through me..)

Is there are an option to disable the bell alert noise (or switch for a screen flash or something)?

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I'm suffering from the same same problem, UAC prompts and Comodo popups are deafening, too. Starting with Vista you can mitigate the problem by reducing the volume of just the system sounds. (and any other single application) – Daniel Rikowski May 29 '14 at 9:52

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ATM there is no such option. What program produces bells makes you crazy? ;)

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It's tab-complete in bash! (I'm a tabaholic) – danodonovan Jan 30 '13 at 17:15
Same here, will file a bug. – antitoxic Mar 17 '13 at 11:56
This is not really a good answer. It's certainly true that there's no option in ConEmu, but it's not a ConEmu issue, it happens in (some) terminals, particularly when you're ssh'ing into remote terminals where the bell is turned on globally. I added another answer... – paul May 28 '14 at 22:23

It's caused by the terminal, not ConEmu. For example, it doesn't happen in a local terminal in msys (= Git Bash), cmd, or Cygwin (for me). It happens when you ssh into a remote machine (or VM). To fix in Bash you just need to run this command:

set bell-style none

To always turn off the bell in the future, place this command on a line in a file called .inputrc. I think it will also work in .bashrc. You can do this via your text editor of choice or on the command line with:

echo "set bell-style none" > .inputrc

Of course, you'll need to do this whenever you get to a new machine that does this. You can turn it off globally in /etc/inputrc. You can also set the bell style to 'visible' instead of 'none' to make the terminal flash.

There are other ways to turn off the bell in other shells and programs:

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How is this not a ConEmu problem? The terminal is running on a remote computer and is certainly not producing any sounds on the local computer by itself. – Tuure Laurinolli Nov 4 at 15:45
ConEmu is just executing the bell command that it was given by the terminal. It's not a bug because the developer chose to make it work this way. I believe the developer has said he may add sound controls to ConEmu in the future, but this would be an additional feature – paul Nov 4 at 19:46
Yes, and the question is about disabling the bell feature in ConEmu. Thus the answer is "it's currently not possible", and the workarounds are to a) change the application running in ConEmu to not caus bells or b) disable the Beep service. – Tuure Laurinolli Nov 5 at 9:27
Correct. But I believe the question-asker just wanted their computer to stop beeping at them, so they really wanted to know the workarounds, hence my answer being a good one and Maximus's answer being not as good (despite that fact that he made ConEmu, which is awesome) :) – paul Nov 5 at 19:14

This is not a ConEmu specific solution, but you can disable the Windows system bell if you don't mind never being bothered by this at all. As one of the answers there suggests, you can find "Beep" under "Non-Plug and Play Drivers" in the Device Manager and disable it on the Driver tab under "Startup" (you will to "Show hidden devices" under the "View" menu).

device manager screenshot

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The bell-style option is already in .inputrc, but commented out. Unfortunately uncommenting it doesn't resole the issue for me.

The only resolution that works in my case is setting no sound for Default beep. I know it's global but this is better than nothing...

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