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Windows 7: How do I disable the Windows "DING" sound when copy/paste or cutting?

25 Dec 2013   #51

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

I had the same problem. It started suddenly. I don't know what changed.
The problem was global to Windows, not just Office.
Any time I copied via a right-click it made a noise.
It helpfully chose what was arguably the most annoying sound in its repertoire.
I would have preferred something more pleasant (like, say, fingernails scraping on a blackboard).
I went to Control Panel -> Sound -> Sounds tab
First I tried selecting "No sounds" from the Sound Scheme box. That solved the problem, but it's somewhat of an overkill if you want to be notified about new email, etc.
I discovered that the sound I was hearing was called Windows Critical Stop.wav.
I went back to the Windows default sound scheme
I clicked on "Critical Stop" in the Program Events pane and set that to No Sound"
I then saved that modified sound scheme under a new name.

That solved my problem. I don't know why Windows suddenly decided to classify a copy as a "Critical Stop" event, but I'm afraid that question is above my pay grade.
I probably will miss being informed about some genuine "cricial stop", but it's well worth it to me.
Best of luck

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25 Dec 2013   #52

W7 Pro SP1 64bit

Welcome to the Seven Forums, DiEmes. And thanks for the additional info.
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19 Feb 2014   #53

windows 7 enterprise

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Scott333 View Post

I have a small Clipboard program called "M8 Free Clipboard" that I rarely use, but this is where the "ding" sound was coming from. I disabled it in the M8 Free Clipboard program and the problem is solved!

Thanks everyone for all the replies,


I came to this thread looking for a solution to the same problem. Windows 7 is so....erm.....musical and it was making me insane. I figured out that I still had to disable sounds in Outlook to prevent mail messages from dinging, but could not get the copy/paste "ding" to stop. I tested it in Sounds and it was definitely "Windows Ding", despite the fact that I had no action set to use that sound. I thought it was my CRT app, but then it happened in IE too. It was the same clipboard program you had, Scott333--M8. Turned off the bell. Now I can still get audio feedback for the small number of things I really need them for (meeting reminders, mainly.)
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19 Feb 2014   #54

W7 Pro SP1 64bit

Welcome to the Seven Forums, vanessakm.

Thanks for adding to the solution.

It is good to have more info for this thread.
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19 Feb 2014   #55

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
System Beeps?

I'm not sure if this is the correct solution but I find that disabling System Beeps gets rid of many of those annoying beeps.

Open Registry Editor then navigate to:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Sound

Click on "Sound" in the left pane

Click on "Beep" in the right pane. Change the Value Data to "no"

Click "OK"

Exit Registry Editor.
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31 May 2014   #56

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

In Windows 7:

1. Press Windows key or Start button
2. Type "sound"
3. Under Control Panel, select "Change system sounds". The Sounds tab of Sound Control Panel item will open.
4. Select "Default Beep" (scroll down)
5. At the bottom under "Sounds", select "(None)"
6. Click OK

That did it for me.
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31 May 2014   #57

W7 Pro SP1 64bit

Welcome to the Seven Forums, copyding.

Thanks for adding your findings.
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