Thursday, July 14, 2005

Disabling the Clicking Sound in Internet Explorer

Some people get really irritated with the constant clicking noise that Internet Explorer makes when navigating through web pages by clicking links. If you want to turn this clicking noise off, it's pretty easy to do.
  • Go to 'Control Panel'
  • Double-click on the 'Sounds and Audio Devices' control panel
  • Click the Sounds tab.
  • Scroll down in the 'Program events' list until you find the 'Windows Explorer' section, then highlight 'Start Navigation.'
  • Change the 'Sounds' drop down menu at the bottom of the dialog to '(None).'
  • Press the OK button when done.
This will stop the clicking noise as you navigate different web pages.

39 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Thank god.. I just got windows for my mac and that was driving me crazy!!! Thank you, thank you. Windows should make this issue easier to fix..

Anonymous said...

Yes, Thanks for posting this. I have to attend an online class (java chat) that has IE constantly refreshing and making that clicking sound.

Anonymous said...

You are my hero... That clicking noise has been annoying me for ages.

Kelly said...

THANK YOU! I just built the amd spider platform and for the life of me CANNOT get the Start Navigation sound to stop going off every 10 seconds.. drove me crazy!!!!!!!!!! I friggin love the forums of the world!

Anonymous said...

you are my hero!! THankyou

Anonymous said...

I got this crazy clicking all the time, even when I turned off the sound! What I finally did was delete a file named "Windows Navigation Start.wav" and I haven't heard the sound since, nor has it appeared to have any negative affect on my system.

KenLee said...

I was lying in bed wondering what that noise could be?! It was a page on auto-refresh every 5 minutes!! LMAO! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Thank You !!!!!!
How incomprehensible that Gates made billions off such an annoying software system!
That clicking was driving me crazy

Thanks!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much!! That was sooooo annoying!!

Anonymous said...

If that doesn't work:
Delete-

Windows Navigation Start.wav

Windows XP Start.wav

xpstart.wav

Anonymous said...

Thank you sooo much! OMG, it seems like forever I was hearing that tic, tic, tic, tic, tic! You are awesome! Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

Bless you!

Blogthis said...

At last - thank you!!!!!

Anonymous said...

This has been bothering me for at least two years, which is why I switched to Firefox. Gates, what in g-d's name were you thinking?

Anonymous said...

Thank you! another freaking click and I was going to kill someone! you are my hero for life!

Anonymous said...

Im with everyone here....windows couldnt help me at all as i couldnt even been bother reading through everything to just turn off that annoying clicking noise....thankssss soooo much :)

Anonymous said...

OMG THANK YOU!!!!! YOU ARE A SANITY SAVER!!

LIKE SERIOUSLY!

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU SO MUCH! This noise was driving me insane! You have made my day.

Anonymous said...

THANK YOUUU! I couldn't handle this click anymore... Losing my mind. starting to make me flinch.

Anonymous said...

Worse than being forced to use IE for crappy work applications was hearing that damn click.

Thankyouthankyouthankyou.

Anonymous said...

ahhh....peace at last.

Anonymous said...

I am only leaving a comment to show my gratitude for sharing how to disable the tic, tick, tick, tick. Crapola Crayons Batman, that was g-d annoying! Thanks for the instructions.

KillroyLeague said...

couldn't find whatever you said didnt work =(

AJ said...

THANK YOU.

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

noblevava said...

OMG!!! Thanks a million. I was about to lose my mind.

noblevava said...

Ever since i downloaded service pack for windows 7, windows makes a click sound when i navigate the internet. This is the ultimate fix!! Tanx a million.

Charles said...

I find windows sounds infuriating – especially when I am recording something and want to navigate the computer.

I have tried turning them off, but Windows XP – ‘works the way you want it to’ – doesn’t believe that I really want sound off and turns them back on again!

My foolproof way is to go to Windows/media folder (you may have to unhide the contents) where you will find all those annoying sounds that have been bothering you. Delete the lot! If you are a bit wimpy, then create a new folder in ‘media’ and move all the sound files into it. In either case – the result is blessed silence and Windows cannot reinstate the damn things.

Anonymous said...

what about for people on work computers that cannot access the control panel. thats why nobody uses internet explorer. because it freaking sucks! CHROMEEE / MOZILLAAAA!

Jude said...

Wow, thanks, I inherited the click sound from a program that installed itself on my PC
I tried deleting:
Windows Navigation Start.wav
but this didn't work.

so i then deleted the following 2 wavs:
Windows XP Start.wav
xpstart.wav

as suggested by someone on this blog and hey presto, no more annoying clicking sound when I open folders in Windows Explorer within Windows XP
Thanks - Jude

Anonymous said...

Thank you that noise was driving me crazy, I didn't even want to open another page on IE,just so I wouldn't be annoyed by this sound

Anonymous said...

Thank you! I have wondered for ages how to turn off that annoying sound.

Anonymous said...

warning! this sound is important for identifying viruses! usually when viruses search trough your files&folders you can actually annoyingly hear this sound in the background, if you disable the sound you will lose that advantage.

good luck having your files and folders browsed then. ;)

Anonymous said...

Even my thank yous than you!

Anonymous said...

Does not work because your instructions are faulty. There is no "no sound" option on vista so what do I click?? Also no "sounds & audio devices" not even on search took me forever to find what it's called on Vista :(

Anonymous said...

For real if I could shoot you some cash right now I would... The next step was to toss the entire computer out the window.. I can't do annoying sounds like that... I feel like I can breathe easier.

win said...

Thanks it worked ... got rid of that annoying tick sound and cpu usage problem ..... u are great.

win said...

Thanks it worked for me got rid of the annoying tick sound and cpu usage problem...great..:)