ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

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.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • psychicdog.net profile imageAUTHOR

      psychicdog.net 

      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!

    • ImChemist profile image

      ImChemist 

      7 years ago

      I prefer using xp3.

    • psychicdog.net profile imageAUTHOR

      psychicdog.net 

      7 years ago

      Thanks Lady_E much appreciated!

    • psychicdog.net profile imageAUTHOR

      psychicdog.net 

      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!

    • Lady_E profile image

      Elena 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      This is very useful and Congrats on 100 Fans.

      Best Wishes. :)

    • The Old Firm profile image

      The Old Firm 

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

      You must be thinking of another Old Firm!

      Cheers again,

      TOF

    • psychicdog.net profile imageAUTHOR

      psychicdog.net 

      7 years ago

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

    • The Old Firm profile image

      The Old Firm 

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

      Great, tried it, Calligraphy's a gas.

      Cheers,

      TOF

    • psychicdog.net profile imageAUTHOR

      psychicdog.net 

      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.

    • drbj profile image

      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

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

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)