Windows 10: How to turn off notification sounds

You will find Windows 10 and its notifications a little too loud? No problem, Microsoft has planned everything and allows you to suppress the “sound effects” emitted by the notification center when a new message arrives, when an incident is detected, etc. Here's how to do it.

Windows 10 saw the introduction of a new notification method. All alerts are now gathered in a "notification and action center", the icon of which is displayed at the bottom right of the taskbar. Whenever a new notification falls, a small window at the bottom right of the screen opens automatically and automatically disappears. By clicking on the icon of the notifications and actions center, you deploy a pane, which offers you to consult and interact on all the alerts that have taken place recently. It could be an update of the system and its drivers, the arrival of new emails, a Skype message, a problem with a software, etc.

The trouble is that each visual notification also comes with a sound notification. Not always easy to manage when working in Open Space ("Hey, he or she has received a new email. Ah, there's one more! But it's not over soon?"). And it can even get annoying for you very quickly if you are constantly using instant messaging software and are frequently called upon.

Do you have to turn off the volume of your PC? You don't have to: Windows 10 offers two fairly easy ways to prevent sound notifications, without suppressing the volume of other events and applications. Here is how to do it.

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How to turn off Windows 10 sound notifications using Settings

  • Start by heading on the start button, click on the Parameters (or simultaneously press the [Windows] + [I].
  • Then go to System.
  • In the left pane, choose the function Notifications and actions.
  • If you want to mute the sound for all notifications, uncheck the option Allow notifications to play sounds.
  • If you prefer to mute some apps, but not others, scroll down Notifications and actions down. Click on the app for which you want to prevent sound notification.
  • Finally uncheck the option Play a sound when receiving a notification. Repeat the same operation for all the other applications to which you want to silence the whistle.

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How to turn off notifications from Control Panel

  • If you are resistant to the Parameters module and prefer to do things "the old fashioned", it is always possible to appeal to the good old Control panel. Start by opening it by typing its name in the Windows 10 search box.
  • Then go to the function Hardware and audio.
  • In the Sound section, click Change system sounds.
  • Scroll through the list of events until you reach the function Notification. The part sounds (just below) should be set to Windows Notify Systme Generic.wav. Change this parameter and set to (Any). Finally click on Apply.
  • Note to conclude that this window offers you to adjust other events, such as instant message notifications, those related to système, etc. If you prefer to cut some, but not others, then you have the option to do so here. Finally, you also have the means, always from this same window, to change the sound of a notification, rather than deleting it. Select one of the sound effects proposed in the Sounds section (at the bottom) and listen to it using the button Tests. You even have the possibility to import your own sound effects if those offered by Windows 10 do not suit you using the button Browse.

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