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How to Change the "New Mail" Sound in Outlook for Windows 7

Discussion in 'Tech Tutorials and News' started by mattaweber, Sep 18, 2013.


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  1. mattaweber

    mattaweber Techie7 New Member Techie7 Editor

    Outlook may be the most used program on Windows. That is especially true if you use your computer for work, as most people do. Outlook is also, arguably, the most complicated program on Windows, at least outside of Adobe's apps and coding apps. It's complicated because it can be customized to each user's specifications. One of the things that can be customized is the "New Mail" sound. Here's how to change it using Outlook in Windows 7.

    Things We Assume
    You're using Office 2010 or later
    You're using Windows 7 (this should work in other versions of Windows, but the process will be different).

    Things You'll Need
    A sound you want to use as the new "New Mail" sound.

    How to change the New Mail Sound in Windows 7
    1. Open the Start Menu
    2. Bring up the Control Panel. You can do this by clicking on the Control Panel icon on the right side of the start menu.
    3. In order to proceed, you need to switch the Control Panel to the classic view. You can do this by selecting “Switch to Classic View” on the left hand side of the screen. It may just say "Sounds".
    4. Double click on the “Sounds and Audio Devices” icon. It should be in alphabetical order.
    5. Go to the "Sounds" tab.
    6. Find the "Program Event" list. There you'll find an item that says “New Mail Notification”
    7. You can select a new sound from the preloaded Windows selections or you can browse your file system for one that you downloaded on the Internet or ripped from a CD.
    8. Then Click on the OK button.
    And that's it. The process is a bit different depending on what version of Windows you are using, so only follow this if you're using Windows 7.

    Questions or comments? Leave a comment on this thread and I'll be happy to help! Also, take our little poll at the top!

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