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Quick tip for Windows 7 users

Updated on February 5, 2011
Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Isn't it great when you find undiscovered corners of your computer? Well, I wish it was possible to "hear" this hub but never mind.

For those out there with Windows 7 and a bit of a musical bent, here is a quick tip.

If you are like me, you will love playing around with those "dadunk" and other background sounds you get in Windows 7 that signal such things as a device being disconneted or battery low etc...

Go to Start->Control Panel->Ease of Access Center

You should see a Window that looks like the one in Fig. 1 above. You might even hear the (female?) robot speaking out some options for you now that you have arrived at this little corner of your operating system.

Now click on the link near the bottom of the window that says Use text or visual alternatives for sounds.

The next window you arrive at will look like Fig 2.

Fig 2
Fig 2

As you can see in Fig 2, the next thing is to click the link that says "Audio Devices and Sound Themes".

You should now see a window like the one below. Fig 3.

Fig 3 !
Fig 3 !

Fun is starting now. Change the Sound Scheme (in Fig 3, City Scape is selected) but there are many other entertaining sound themes to choose from.

Once you have selected a theme, click on one of the Program Events and then TEST to hear the different sounds associated with the events you trigger (some more frequently than others) on your computer if you are using the Windows 7 operating system.

What did you think?

Raga is strange and cosmic, I found. Sonata - well that takes me straight back to violin lessons - it must be a recorded violin and for some events the string section of an orchestra, I'm sure. As for Delta - well that's sure to have been inspired by Mississippi Delta banjo playing wouldn't you think?

Lastly, note the checkbox (ticked) which allows you to Play (or not) the Windows Startup sound.

That's one sound you would be familiar with, but did you know you could turn it off here?

Hope you enjoy playing with the sounds in this little area of your computer if you didn't know about it before!

If you don't like the sounds. Well, Windows 7 is thinking of you. There is a No Sounds theme you know, and as they say sometimes, Silence is Golden.


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    • profile imageAUTHOR 

      7 years ago

      If my memory serves me right Win 7 Ultimate comes with the latest XP version. XP was so popular, in fact, many reverted to it after Vista came out. Thanks for the drive by comment ImChemist!

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      7 years ago

      I prefer using xp3.

    • profile imageAUTHOR 

      7 years ago

      Thanks Lady_E much appreciated!

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      7 years ago

      There's only one The Old Firm and you can't be thinking of The Old Firm without thinking of The Old Firm...and an electricity generating hamster!

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      7 years ago from London, UK

      This is very useful and Congrats on 100 Fans.

      Best Wishes. :)

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      The Old Firm 

      7 years ago from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

      You must be thinking of another Old Firm!

      Cheers again,


    • profile imageAUTHOR 

      7 years ago

      Cheers Old Firm! Thank-you for gracing my hub with your highly esteemed presence.

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      The Old Firm 

      7 years ago from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

      Great, tried it, Calligraphy's a gas.



    • profile imageAUTHOR 

      7 years ago

      Thanks drbj! So, I'm not smart for a human then?! LOL. By the way, when you went to the first page for Ease of Access, did you happen to play around with some of the other features, like The Magnifier or On-Screen Keyboard (check them out too! if not). Thanks for dropping in.

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      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      What a neat tip, psychicdog. You are really intelligent . . . for a canine. Thanks. :)


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