Use text or visual alternative to sounds

You can use visual cues rather than sounds in many apps by changing your settings. Here's how:

Operating systemSteps
Windows 10Go to Start , type the phrase Replace sounds with visual cues, and then select Replace sounds with visual cues.
Windows 8.1
Windows RT 8.1
  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Search.)

  2. In the search box, enter the phrase Replace sounds with visual cues, and then select Replace sounds with visual cues.
Windows 7
  1. Select the Start button 
    The Start button
    , and then select Control Panel > Ease of Access.

  2. Select Ease of Access Center > Use text or visual alternatives for sounds.

Then select the options that you want to use:

      • Turn on visual notifications for sounds. This option replaces system sounds with visual cues, such as a flash on the screen, so you can see notifications even when they're not heard. You can also choose how you want sound notifications to warn you.
      • Turn on text captions for spoken dialog. With this option, Windows will display text captions in place of sounds to indicate that activity is happening on your PC (for example, when a document starts or finishes printing).

Article ID: 10571 - Last Review: 31 Aug 2016 - Revision: 24