Turn-off Beep When Changing Volume in Windows

Read on to find out how to turn off the annoying sound when changing the volume in Windows. Two steps are necessary to make sure no beep will be heard.

The Windows system tray typically shows a speaker symbol in the system tray. Clicking on it allows setting or muting of all system sounds. If you don’t see the speaker symbol, then go to Start>Settings>Control Panel>Sounds and Audio Devices and select the check box “Place volume icon in the task bar” in the “Volume” tab:

When all settings are at their default, then a sound will play when the volume is changed. When the mute box is selected, no sound will play. To turn off the volume changing sound even when the mute box is not selected, two steps are necessary. Most other websites only mention the first one:

Go to Start>Settings>Control Panel>Sounds and Audio Devices, go to the “Sounds” tab, and select the “Default Beep” from the “Program Events” list:

Next, select “None” from the Sounds menu below:

This menu is also useful for turning off all sort of other annoying sounds, such the sounds when starting and shutting down windows, when connecting USB devices, etc.

Unfortunately, turning off the default beep may have quite the opposite effect. Depending on the setting in the “Volume Control” panel, the default beep may be replaced with a very loud PC Speaker Beep. Unlike the Default Beep, which was played at the selected volume, the PC Speaker Beep has only one sound level, and it is very loud, especially, when listening through headphones.

To turn it off, double-click the speaker icon in the system tray. If the mixer does not show a slider for the PC speaker, then you need to turn it on via the Options>Properties dialog:

Finally, mute the PC speaker, to silence the PC Beep for good:

I found the the tip for this crucial second step in this discussion.

24 Responses to Turn-off Beep When Changing Volume in Windows

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  2. ok so for me it didnt work but i did find this tip in one search
    so eventually i found a way that worked for me so i wana add it in here

    on my hp laptop i dont have a pc speaker channel in the internal audio card so i cant mute the pc speaker so got stuck with the stupid beep
    when every other windows sound is off and win makes no sound at all

    so i simply : created a 0.1 sec silnced wav file on a audio editing software and made that to be the default beep. 🙂

    sharing info is good

  3. Naaman, are you sure you don’t have PC-Speaker channel, or is it simply not displayed in the volume control panel. If the former, then, yes, your trick works, but is not as elegant. You may need to turn on the PC Speaker slider as explained above via the Options>Properties dialog.

  4. Thank you!! That beep on my laptop was driving me nuts and not being anything close to a tech, I despaired of getting rid of it. But your instructions were so clear and in plain English, it was a snap to quiet the noisy beast. The screen shots were a great help too.

  5. Muting the PC Speaker wasn’t enough for me, still a beep.
    Elsewhere I found this, and this worked:

    Go to Control Panel>System>Hardware Tab>Device Manager. Click on “View” and then on “Show Hidden Devices.” Expand “Non Plug and Play Drivers,” right click on “Beep” and click on “Disable.” You will have to reboot for the change to take effect.

    Other beeps (like with starting up your machine), not heard as well!

  6. Baron Von Kerplunk

    System beep is a b!tch.
    I tried the ones posted in the blog, no good.
    Then did what Stef posted and it did the job.

    Cheers Stef!

  7. THANK YOU! That beep has made me crazy for years!

  8. works. my ears owe you a debt of gratitude!

  9. Many computers do not have the PC speaker listed in the Properties dialog as described above.

    All hail Stef for the real correct answer!

  10. Thanks Stef, u are the best. I love you.

  11. Thank God! That was soooo annoying and loud through headphones….

  12. Stef — thank you, thank you!

  13. I’d opened and fiddled with so many different settings, and it wasn’t until seeing your point about PC Speaker Volume that I was able to fix this annoying feature – Thank you!
    It was startling every single time I was at work with my headphones on, rocking away, and then needing to turn the volume up or down , way louder than the main volume setting.
    Thank you thank you!

  14. i found this somewhere. worked for me.
    These commands assume administrative rights on the PC.

    To temporarily disable the PC Speaker beep:
    net stop beep

    To disable the PC Speaker beep for good (until you undo this setting):
    sc config beep start= disabled

    So, if you are bothered right now by PC Speaker beeps and want them to go away even after a reboot, run net stop beep and then run sc config beep start= disabled.

  15. Tobi, In reference to the post by naaman, some PC’s just do not have the PC speaker listed in the Volume Control Properties, especially newer systems that utilize the High-Definition Audio Bus (re: KB888111). The existence of the PC speaker in the property section is a carry over from PCI sound cards and motherboards (with on-board sound ala AC ’97) that have the speaker as part of their architecture. That being said, the only way to access the system beep directly, is through the registry and device manager. While the “fix” that naaman mentions might not be as elegant, most PC users want the simple solution, and creating a blank WAV file fits that description. Most users already know how to access the sounds and themes to customize their computer, as well as using their machine to edit audio and video. Pointing them towards C:WindowsMedia or using the Browse button to find their creation is the most suitable solution. It is also portable, as their personalized sound scheme will most likely get carried over with any upgrades and not get wiped out by new installations of hardware or operating systems.

    In reference to the “trick” posted by Jardy, I believe this only works if you have the Messenger Service turned on in Administrative Tools, which provides a huge security hole and is normally turned off in XP SP2 and later. The command has changed to MSG in Vista and Windows 7, as well as the perspective service involved; Microsoft Message Queuing (MSMQ). I do not know if these changes to Windows are compatible with the older Messenger Service used in XP and its predecessors. As a word of caution though, the NET SEND and MSG commands are mainly used in business environments that have their computers behind massive amounts security (Firewalls) or are totally isolated from the outside world; sometimes even on different networks from the office computers. The Services that need to be activated in order for these commands to work, pose a security risk that the average user should not take lightly; the same goes for messing around with the system registry. The command line is provided as a tool for hands-on troubleshooting and problem solving; any use for vanity should be done with the utmost amount of care and understanding.

    The first step towards achievement is not knowing where to tread, but where not to.

  16. Thanks so much Stef, extremely useful!

  17. Thanks Tobi!…Your suggestion worked for me! Big relief from that irritating beep!

  18. Stop beep in volume control

    The steps are:
    1. Right-click on My Computer
    2. On the Hardware tab, click on [Device Manager]
    3. On the “View” menu, select “Show hidden devices”
    4. Under “Non-Plug and Play Drivers”, right-click “Beep”
    5. Click “Disable”
    6. Answer [Yes] when asked if you really want to disable it
    7. Answer [No] when asked if you want to reboot
    8. Right-click “Beep” again.
    9. Click “Properties”
    10. On the “Driver” tab, set the Startup type to Disabled
    11. Click [Stop]
    12. Click [OK]
    13. Answer [No] when asked if you want to reboot


  19. Thanks Stef! This was driving me fn insane! I was ready to smash it! You saved my computer for another day.

  20. Thanks, Stef, the beep was driving me nuts! All fixed now! :o)))

  21. neaman: saved my life!

  22. A word of warning on the start up beep on the PC. It is part of a system check and three consecutive beeps mean that the RAM test has failed. If that happens your PC will not boot up. If you turn it off then you will lose a fault diagnostic if something goes wrong.
    Aside from that, thank you for the volume beep fix, it has been irritating me for years, I was just too lazy to figure out how to get rid of this noise nuisance! 🙂

  23. THANKS, THANKS, THANKS!!! That STUPID STUUUPPIIIDDDD setting was was driving me nuts.

    FYI – I didn’t find the speaker volume right away so after a little poking around I found I had to select the correct “Mixer Device” from the drop list box (on my computer I have two sound cards) then I could see the PC speaker on that device and use the exact steps you outlined. I’m FREEEEEE

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