How to Enable or Disable Alert Sound in Ubuntu Linux

This post describes steps one can take to turn on or off alert sound in Ubuntu Linux.

Your computer will play a simple alert sound for certain types of messages and events. These events could be notifications, clicking and prompts.

You can choose different sound clips for alerts, set the alert volume independently of your system volume, or disable alert sounds entirely.

System alert sound are entirely different from sounds coming from your moves, music and other audio and sound files. Changing or musting the alert sound will not impact sounds coming from these files and formats.

By default, notifications in Ubuntu appears at the top bar alerting you of important system events. These will play the default sound you choose in under Alert Sound.

If you have had enough of the system sounds and event tones, you can choose to disable or mute sound entirely, and the steps below show you how to do that.

How to mute alert sound in Ubuntu Linux

As mentioned above, your computer will play a simple alert sound for certain types of messages and events. These events could be notifications, clicking and prompts.

Below is how to enable or disable alert sound in Ubuntu Linux

Ubuntu Linux has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating, all can be done from the System Settings panel.

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Alternatively, click on the System menu at the top-right corner of the top bar on your desktop.

On the System menu, select Settings as highlighted below.

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In the Settings app, click on Sound tile to open the panel.

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In the System Settings -> Sound panel, under Volume Levels, use the slider to change the volume for System Sounds.

If Alert Sound is not muted, select an alert sound that will play when you click on it so you can hear how it sounds.

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Again, changing the volume level or muting the System Sounds will not affect the volume of your music, movies, or other sound files.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to quickly mute or unmute the Alert Sound in Ubuntu Linux. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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