Every time I change the audio level via Windows 7 Professional x64's Task Bar's audio control to up or down, Windows does a ding sound, which is quite annoying.

How do you disable this?

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    alternatively you can change volume with the hot keys on the keyboard - these don't make a noise (unlike the Mac) – niico Jun 12 '17 at 16:23
  • @niico not sure about Win7, but on Win10, the arrow keys (<- and ->) on keyboard do make a noise. Are there any other hotkeys you can use? – Kidburla Oct 25 '20 at 12:58

This is connected to the Default Beep sound in Windows. To disable it you need to set the default beep sound to None.

To do this:

  1. Type sound into your Start menu and pick the Sound item from the search results.
  2. On the Sounds tab, select "Default Beep" in the list, and set it to None using the dropdown box below (Top of the list)

Warning - You will no longer get any other sound notifications for events that use the default beep.

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    This still works in Windows 10. – eric f Oct 26 '15 at 19:00
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    Alternately if one doesn't want to lose the Beep sound system-wide, as Joe warned, you can adjust the volume slider with the mouse wheel and it won't trigger the ding sound. – David Metcalfe Sep 30 '16 at 1:37
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    I am on Windows 10, and this didn't work for me – Toke Faurby May 29 '17 at 21:59
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    @David Metcalfe Thank you so much, using the mouse wheel to change the volume solve this incriminating sound from being activated at 5 in the morning when you want to change the volume without gf waking up – Don King Sep 20 '17 at 17:07
  • @TokeFaurby If you happen to run Windows through Bootcamp you can disable it by right-clicking on sound icon, opening mixer and disabling the sound for Bootcamp Manager. – Ivan Yurchenko Jan 19 '18 at 13:06

More specific instructions for Windows 10

  1. Search for and open "Sound settings"
  2. On the right under Related Settings, click "Sound Control Panel"
  3. Click the Sounds tab
  4. Select "Default Beep" in the Program Events list
  5. At the bottom, where it says "Sounds", a .wav file is selected (Windows Background.wav by default). Change this to (None).
  6. Apply changes.

This will save a new Sound Scheme (for me it was called "Windows Default (modified)". If you want to undo your changes, you can either set the sound back to what it was, or you can change the Sound Scheme back to "Windows Default".


If you want to turn off the changing volume sound running Windows 10 through Bootcamp (on a Mac machine) the accepted solution might not work for you. You can then disable the sound by right-clicking on a speaker icon (bottom right corner of the screen) -> Open Volume Mixer -> Remove volume for the Bootcamp Manager. If you don't see Bootcamp Manager there try to adjust volume with your keyboard buttons and it shall appear.

(according to apple forum)

  • This worked in Windows 10 running on my Macbook Pro. Lowered the volume of the Bootcamp Manager in the mixer. Thank you! – Marquez Jul 20 '18 at 0:15

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