Turn sound effects on or off

Sound effects can enhance your productivity in Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 by notifying you when a new e-mail message arrives or by reminding you of an upcoming appointment. You can add extra sound effects to Microsoft Office programs, including Office Outlook 2007, for tasks such as sending an e-mail message and zooming in or out of views.

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Turn on or off the notification sound when new messages arrive

  1. On the Tools menu, click Options.
  2. On the Preferences tab, click E-mail Options, and then click Advanced E-mail Options.
  3. Under When new items arrive in my Inbox, select or clear the Play a sound check box.

For information on how to change the sound that is played when a new message arrives, see the See Also section.

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Turn on or off reminders and reminder sounds

  1. On the Tools menu, click Options.
  2. On the Other tab, click Advanced Options.
  3. Click Reminder Options.
  4. Select or clear the Display the reminder check box.

If you display reminders, select or clear the Play reminder sound check box. If you choose to play a reminder sound, you can either use the default sound file or enter the path to a sound file that you want to play.

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Turn on or off extra sound effects in Microsoft Office programs

Microsoft offers an add-in to provide additional sound effects when you send e-mail messages or work with toolbars, scroll bars, and dialog boxes. When the add-in is installed, these sounds will play in Office Outlook 2007, Microsoft Office Excel 2007, Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007, and Microsoft Office Word 2007.

If this is the first time you are performing the steps below, first you must download an add-in from Microsoft. Follow the prompts on your screen to complete the download and installation.

  1. On the Tools menu, click Options.
  2. On the Other tab, click Advanced Options.
  3. Select or clear the Provide feedback with sound check box.

 Note   When you select or clear the Provide feedback with sound check box, the setting affects all Microsoft Office programs that support this option.

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Applies to:
Outlook 2007