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Windows 2000 Pro: The Missing Manual by Sharon Crawford

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Sounds and Multimedia

When the first Macintosh user figured out how to produce rude sounds from a computer, PC users were positively pea-green with envy—but not for long. Soon the PC could produce an equally appalling array of noises. Today, the technology has gone much farther; now your PC can also play music and videos, which can be as pleasant as you want them to be. This applet sits at the hub of your PC's audio and visual features.

Sounds Tab

As you may have noticed, Windows plays a sound to accompany every error message. These sounds are generally innocuous beeps or clicks. Using the Sounds tab, you can get rid of the existing sounds, change them around, or set up sounds to play when triggered by all kinds of other Windows events: opening or exiting a program, opening a menu, restoring a window, and so on. Once the Sounds tab is open, follow these steps:

  1. In the Sound Events box, highlight the system or program event to which you want to assign a sound.

    The speaker icon indicates events that already trigger sounds.

  2. Use the Name drop-down menu to select the sound that you want to play when the event occurs.

    Click the triangular Play button to listen to a preview of the sound.

    If the sounds that you want to play aren't listed, click Browse to locate the sound files on your computer or network, or select a different sound scheme (set of preassigned sounds) from the Scheme drop-down menu.

Where the sounds are

When you click the Browse button, Windows opens the C:WINNTMedia folder, ...

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