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Remove IE Clicking Sounds

The Yahoo Mail blog had a funny post about the completely annoying sounds Internet Explorer makes when loading things, comparing it to the clicking noises made by dolphins. To help, Omar Shahine provides a simple registry key that you can use to completely disable the sounds. Copy this text into a blank Notepad window:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


Save the file as “Navigation Sound Off.reg” and run it. For convenience, I’m providing the file ready-made for you (it worked fine in Windows Vista on my machine).

Click here to download Navigation Sound Off.reg

Microsoft really should consider getting rid of the sound permanently. It made sense when everyone had dial-up connections, and the sound was useful to let you know when the damn page finally started responding and finished loading. Now, with pages loading quickly and dynamic AJAX apps that load items in the page constantly, the sound can click almost over and over and over, and make you want to throw the damn computer out the window.

September 21st, 2006 Posted by | Applications, General, Internet Explorer, Windows | 5 comments

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  1. Or, of course you could go to the sounds control panel (start/run mmsys.cpl) and disable the “Start Navigation” sound.

    That way you’ll be guaranteed it works on all versions of Windows.

    Comment by Larry Osterman | September 21, 2006

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  3. Thanks man. This rocks!!!

    Comment by KM | October 10, 2006

  4. Mr. Osterman has obviously never used Windows Vista as he would have seen that the “Start Navigation” sound is no longer an option in Control Panel.

    Comment by Michel Lemieux | November 1, 2006

  5. Mr. Lemieux has obviously never made it so far as to click on the “Sound” icon in Windows Vista, as he would have seen that “Start Navigation” is very much still alive and kicking.

    Control Panel > Sounds > Sounds (tab) > Windows Explorer (tree) > Start Navigation.

    Comment by AL | November 6, 2006

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