Key Takeaways

  • To change the notification sound on Windows 11, open Control Panel and navigate to Hardware and Sound > Sound. Then, click the “Sounds” tab and click “Notification” in the Program Events section. Choose a notification sound of your choice from the “Sounds” drop-down menu and click “Apply” and “OK” to save the changes.

Notifications can help you stay up-to-date on what’s happening on your computer. If you’re bored of the default notification sound on Windows 11, and want something different, you can easily change the notification sound to something more attention-grabbing.

Change the Notification Sound Using Control Panel

Control Panel is where you go to manage necessary Windows settings. You can use it to change your computer’s appearance, manage hardware devices, uninstall programs, and more, including changing the notification sound on your Windows 11 PC.

To change the notification sound using the Control Panel, open the Start menu, type “Control Panel” in the search bar, and press Enter. In the Control Panel, click “Hardware and Sound” and then “Sound.”

Sound option in the Control Panel

In the Sound window, switch to the “Sounds” tab and click “Notification” in the Program Events section.

Notification option in the Sound window

Then, click the drop-down icon under the “Sounds” option and choose a sound effect of your choice. You can select a sound and then click “Test” to hear it.

Test button in the Settings app

Once you have finalized a sound for your notifications, click “Apply” and “OK” to save the changes. Now, you will hear the sound you selected whenever you receive a notification.

Change the Notification Sound Using the Registry Editor

If you aren’t an advanced Windows user, you should prefer the Control Panel method to change the notification sound on your computer. However, if you’re an experienced Windows user who is comfortable with the Windows Registry, you can also use the Registry Editor to modify the notification sound. While the Registry Editor method is slightly more involved, it serves as an alternative solution if the Control Panel is inaccessible for any reason.

Be aware, however, that editing the registry incorrectly can cause serious problems, such as device driver problems, network problems, Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) errors, and data loss. In the worst case, your computer may fail to boot at all.

Be sure then to back up the registry first and create a restore point. This way, you can restore your computer to a working state if something goes wrong.

Once you have completed these prerequisites, press Windows+E to open “File Explorer” and navigate to the following location:

C:WindowsMedia

Right-click the sound you want to set as your notification sound and click “Copy as path.”

Copy as path in the right-click context menu

Now, open the Start menu, type “Registry Editor” in the search bar, and press Enter. In the Registry Editor, navigate to the following location:

ComputerHKEY_CURRENT_USERAppEventsSchemesApps.DefaultNotification.Default.Current

Double-click the “Default” string value in the right pane and paste the copied path into the “Value data” field. Make sure to remove the double quotes. Then, click “OK.”

Value data field in the Registry Editor

After that, restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

How to Set a Custom Notification Sound

Although Windows offers a long list of sound effects that you can set as your default notification sound, you can also set a custom sound. From the Super Mario theme song to the classic Nokia ringtone, you can set any sound effect as your default notification sound, as long as it is in the WAV format.

To begin, download the sound effects to your computer. You can use websites like FindSounds and Freesound to download your favorite sound effects for free.

Once you have downloaded the sound effect and made sure that it is in the WAV format, open the “Control Panel” and navigate to Hardware and Sound > Sound.

Sound option in the Control Panel

In the Sound window, switch to the “Sounds” tab and select “Windows Default (modified)” from the “Sound Scheme” drop-down menu.

Windows Default (modified) option in the Sound window

Then, select “Notifications” in the Program Events section and click “Browse.”

Browse option in Sound window

Select the downloaded sound effect and click “Open.” Then, click “Apply” and “OK” to save the changes.

Open option in File Explorer

That’s how to change the notification sound to something different if you’re tired of the same old sound. Now go forth and edit your Windows notification sound to your heart’s content!