Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Word in Office 365. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Getting Audible Feedback.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated December 8, 2018)
If you are using a multimedia computer (you know—the type that has more bells and whistles than your home stereo system), then you can configure Word so it makes noises. Granted, every version of Word makes an obnoxious ding whenever you press the wrong key or try to do something it doesn't like, but you can expand the auditory experience to an even wider array of obnoxious noises.
To set up Word to use audible feedback, follow these steps if you are using Word 2007, Word 2010, or Word 2013:
Figure 1. The General section of the advanced Word options.
If you are using Word 2016 or a later version follow these steps:
Figure 2. The Ease of Access section of Word options.
You have now enabled the use of sounds. If you want to change the sounds Word uses, then do your tweaking in the Sounds applet of the Control Panel. (This is within Windows, not in Word itself.)
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