# Is there any way to set the volume of the system beep in Windows?

The system beep, which I hear quite often while doing things at the (msysgit) bash command prompt in Windows, is set to a volume that is disproportionately louder than everything else coming out of my soundcard - which means that if I'm listening to other audio then the beep, when it happens, is painfully loud.

To be clear about exactly which sound I'm talking about, it's the simple clipped beep that you get if you hit Tab to autocomplete a filename at the command prompt and the file is not found. (Update: it seems this sound happens when SSH'd in to a remote server, but not when working locally).

Is there any way of globally setting its volume at all?

• for your reference, windows doesn't use bash. – Russell Uhl Sep 9 '15 at 19:02
• It doesn't use bash by default, but it's perfectly possible - and not unusual, if you use Git - to use bash on Windows (via msys). That's what I'm doing. I specified bash because that noise doesn't seem to happen at the Windows cmd command prompt (and I don't use the Windows command prompt anyway). – Nick F Sep 10 '15 at 11:21

Assuming it is, things get a little more difficult. You can actually change the system sounds to use any wav file you like. Look for Sounds in your control panel. Figure out where to change your system sounds (you haven't specified what version of windows you're on). The sound you're probably looking for is the "Default Beep", whose default sound is "Windows Ding". You can either change this file, or modify it in some way.