Thursday, October 8, 2009

How to add sound effects

The customizing features of Windows XP offer more than just visual tweaks. You can also add sound effects - silly or sensible - to orchestrate any move, from opening and closing folders to emptying the Recycle Bin. Sound effects are a perfect complement to any customized desktop and a great way to express your personality. Adding them is easy, too. Here's how:

Add sound effects
1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
2. Click Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices.
3. Under Pick a task, click Change the sound scheme.
4. On the Sounds tab, under Program events, click the event to which you want to apply a sound.
5. In the Sounds list, click the sound you want to link to the event.
6. To hear the sound, click the playbutton to the right of the Sounds list. If you are satisfied with your choice, click OK. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until you have linked sounds to as many program events as you want.
7. To save your settings into a personalized sound scheme, click Save As. Type a name for the sound scheme, and then click OK.
8. Click OK to complete the procedure and save your sound scheme.

While Windows XP contains many sound effects to choose from, you can create your own by copying them from other sources, such as CDs or the Internet, and storing them on your hard drive.