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How to disable permanently delete sound in Outlook?

Author: Kelly Last Modified: 2014-09-24

You may notice that it will alert with a warning sound when we permanently delete items in Microsoft Outlook. However, the warning sound may be harsh and some users want to disable it. Here I will introduce the detailed steps about how to disable the permanently deleting sound in Microsoft Outlook.

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To disable the permanently deleting sound in Microsoft Outlook, you can do as following:

Step 1: Access the Control Panel:

  1. In Windows 7, please click the Start button at the bottom-left corner of Taskbar > Control Pane.
  2. In Windows 8, Swipe in from the very right edge of the screen, click the Settings button, and then click the Control Panel. See screen shots below:


Step 2: In the Control Panel, firstly you need to show items in Small icons view with clicking the text besides View by and select the Small icons from the drop down list; next click the Sound item.

Step 3: Now you get into the Sound dialog box, go to the Sounds tab, and:

(1) Click to highlight the Exclamation in the Program Events box;

(2) Click the Sounds box below the Program Events box, and select (None) from the drop down list.

(3) Click the OK button.

Step 4: Close the Control Panel.

After changing the sound of Exclamation to None in the Control Panel, it will not alert with warning sound when your permanently delete items in Microsoft Outlook.

Note: This method will affect other programs using the sound of Exclamation.

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Not sure about previous OS versions but under W11Pro you can use the 'Volume mixer' to adjust Outlook sounds only. (System>Sound>Volume Mixer)
For me much better than losing ALL sounds. I sometimes need to hear other 'Exclamation' alerts when away from the machine.
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For Windows 10: Settings>System>Sound>Sound Control Panel
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Thanks a lot for explaining it thoroughly. I could get rid of irritating sound. Thank you.
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It would be great if Windows 10 was also described - I can't find this setting :-(
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Thanks a lot!
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