Thursday, April 26, 2007

Turn off that annoying clicking sound in Internet Explorer/Windows Explorer

Annoyed with that clicking sound in Internet Explorer whenever you click on a link or hit the back or forward navigation buttons? Although I don't use Internet Explorer as my primary browser, I still have to use it from time to time, and I find the sound maddening. It's the same sound that you hear when you navigate through your hard drive in Windows Explorer (or My Computer, it's the same thing).

Want to shut it off? Here's how:
  1. Open the Control Panel (Start > Settings > Control Panel or Start > Control Panel)
  2. Open the Sounds and Audio Devices Properties applet
  3. Go to the Sounds tab
  4. Scroll down to the "Windows Explorer" heading in the Program events list
  5. Select "Start Navigation," then change the Sounds field to "(None)" (highlighted in red below)

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Blogger Lee Herald said...

Hi Brad,

Interesting blog.

I don't like those sounds either, but I just turn my speakers off.

Lee Herald

Wed May 02, 03:42:00 PM PDT  
Blogger brad77 said...

That's one solution, but I like to have my speakers on while listening to music, podcasts, etc.

Wed May 02, 05:22:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent post. I've been trying to shut that sound off without eliminating my chance to listen to music, webcasts, etc. for days! It worked, thanks!

Thu May 10, 06:15:00 AM PDT  
Blogger COLA said...

How do you turn off that annoying sound when you get an IM msg and you're on another window????

That's what i'd really like to know.
Cool blog


Tue Aug 07, 04:47:00 PM PDT  
Blogger brad77 said...

@zero cola:
Which IM program are you using? I use a combination of Trillian and Windows Live Messenger Beta (for my corpo account). In Trillian, it's easy:

1. Go to Trillian > Trillian Preferences > Notifications
2. Uncheck the box next to "Play sounds for incoming requests only when window is out of focus."
3. Click Close.

I don't think that Windows Live Messenger has an option for that, but you can turn of those sounds altogether this way:

1. Go to Tools > Options > Alerts and Sounds
2. Uncheck the box next to "Display alerts when a message is received."
3. Click OK.

Thanks for the snaps.

Tue Aug 07, 07:38:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great, i hate that particular sound, altho some of the other ones i like to retain, and on that topic, can somebody tell me how to turn off the "download complete" sound ?


Sat Aug 11, 03:20:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Girl, Interrupted said...

oh man my sanity is safe guarded! I thought I would surely go mad. You're an ie angel 0:-)

Thu Aug 23, 06:31:00 AM PDT  
Blogger brad77 said...

Glad to help!

Thu Aug 23, 10:22:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Thu Oct 11, 04:08:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you, thank you. I work in radio, and I need my computer's sound to be on, but I hate that navigation click!

Wed Dec 05, 12:08:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Worked like a charm. Thanks.

Tue Sep 16, 06:00:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow thx , dat have been so annoyin

Tue Nov 04, 04:35:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THIS IS A TIMELESS TIP! Thanks so much.

Sun Jan 24, 01:00:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you
hooray! I can feel my shoulders relaxing now I don't have to listen to that bloody click

Mon Sep 13, 02:51:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks alot ,that bloody ticking was getting on my nerves,
you are a true life saver

Mon Jan 10, 12:52:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Pau said...

i've tried that mate but windows decides to turn it back on again after i've clicked ok?? i've tried it about 12 times now but windows turns that bloody annoying click sound back on again??
anyone know why??

Mon Apr 04, 05:19:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Charles said...

I find windows sounds infuriating – especially when I am recording something and want to navigate the computer.

I have tried turning them off, but Windows XP – ‘works the way you want it to’ – doesn’t believe that I really want sound off and turns them back on again!

My foolproof way is to go to Windows/media folder (you may have to unhide the contents) where you will find all those annoying sounds that have been bothering you. Delete the lot! If you are a bit wimpy, then create a new folder in ‘media’ and move all the sound files into it. In either case – the result is blessed silence and Windows cannot reinstate the damn things.

Wed Aug 17, 05:24:00 AM PDT  

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