How Do I Change the Sound of the Recycle Bin?

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Whenever you delete a file within the Microsoft Windows operating system, Windows sends the file to the Recycle Bin, where it is stored until you either restore it to its original location or permanently delete it from the hard drive. By default, Windows plays a short sound clip each time you empty the Recycle Bin, to signify that the deletion process is complete. If you do not like the default sound and wish to select something else, the operating system gives you the ability to do so. Once you know where to look, performing the task takes only a few clicks.

  • Click the Windows "Start" button and select the "Control Panel" item.

  • Click within the search box at the top-right corner of the Control Panel window and type "Sound."

  • Click the "Change system sounds" item that appears near the top of the search results list.

  • Scroll down through the "Program Events" menu within the resulting dialog box until you reach the "Windows Explorer" section.

  • Click once on the "Empty Recycle Bin" item found within this section.

  • Click the "Browse" button located near the bottom-right corner of the dialog box.

  • Navigate to the location of the replacement sound file in the window that follows, and then select the file by double-clicking its icon.

  • Click "Apply" to confirm the change.

  • Click "OK" to close the open dialog box. The next time you empty the Recycle Bin, the sound clip you selected in Step 7 will play in place of Windows' default sound.

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