Linux Mint: How to Override Default System Sounds

 Linux Mint: How to Override Default System Sounds

Linux Mint: How to Override Default System Sounds

One of the many ways to interact with a computer is through sound. Sound cues can help you realize that something needs your attention or that something is happening. Like most desktop operating systems, Linux Mint comes with a number of system sounds that play on certain events.

If you don’t like these system sounds, you can choose to replace the sound file that plays for the event, or you can disable the sound hint altogether. To manage system sounds, press the Super key, type “Sound” and press Enter.

Tip: The “Super” key is the name many Linux distributions use to refer to the Windows key or the Apple “Command” key, avoiding any risk of trademark issues.

Linux Mint: How to Override Default System Sounds

Press the Super key, type “Sound” and press Enter.

Once you are in sound settings, switch to the “Sounds” tab where you can manage system sounds. The volume slider at the top allows you to configure the overall volume for all enabled system sounds. If you set this slider to “0%”, no system sounds will be played.

In the “Sounds” section you have a list of system sounds with names that explain when they are played on the left. On the right is a slider for each sound, this can be used to enable or disable the system sound if you want some to play but not others.

In the middle of the “Sounds” section are links to the actual sound files used for each system sound. To listen to the currently configured audio file, press the play button. To change the sound file being played for a specific system sound, click the sound file name, then select a new sound file from your computer to replace it with.

Tip: While the default sounds are all in the “ogg” or “oga” file format, you can choose a sound file in any standard audio format.

Linux Mint: How to Override Default System Sounds

You can change the overall volume, enable or disable certain sounds, and change the actual sounds that are played.