How to Turn Off Annoying Sounds in Microsoft Office 2016

Sound cues are an Ease of Access feature in Microsoft Office 2016, which means you can turn them off if you deem them unwanted.

Alerts and notifications can be useful, but too many and you eventually enter annoying territory. Productivity-boosting sounds include new email tones and upcoming event chimes in Outlook. Most everything else falls into the unwanted category.

Sound cues are an Ease of Access feature in Microsoft Office 2016, which means you can turn them off if you deem them unnecessary. This is true for Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint 2016. Here’s how you can quickly turn the sound cues on or off in these programs.

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How to Toggle Sounds in Microsoft Office

Note that if you are a Microsoft Office 365 subscriber, then the update with this feature may not have come to you yet. But once it does, here’s where you can find the controls.

  1. Go to the File > select Options.
  2. Click on the Ease of Access tab. Under Feedback Options, select or clear the Provide feedback with sound checkbox.

You can also use the Alt + F shortcut, then the T key to open the Word Options screen.

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Microsoft Office gives you the option of two sound themes from the Sound Scheme dropdown: the Classic theme or the Modern theme, which is less annoying in my quick experiments with sound cues.

Are Sound Cues Annoying or Useful?

There are some subtle features in Office 2016 which can hike or hamper your daily productivity. The good thing is that you can personalize Microsoft Office to suit your needs.

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The sound effects are there for a reason. Are you someone who finds the sound effects useful?

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