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How to turn sound alerts into visual alerts in Windows 11

How to turn sound alerts into visual alerts in Windows 11

Short guide

  1. Open the Accessibility settings by pressing the Windows key  + U. Click Audio in the Hearing section.
  2. Click the drop-down menu for Flash my screen during audio notifications.
  3. Select the alert option that best fits your needs, or Never to turn it off. 

Before and after

Windows 11 with visual sound alerts disabled and then enabled

This section explains how to convert sound alerts into visual alerts in Windows 11. This is a step-by-step guide with pictures of the screens to help.

Open the Audio accessibility settings

1. Open the Accessibility settings by pressing the Windows key  + U. Alternatively, click Start > Settings > Accessibility. Scroll down and look under Hearing on the right. Click Audio.

Look under Hearing and click Audio

Find the audio notification setting

2. Click the drop-down menu for Flash my screen during audio notifications.

Click the drop-down menu for Flash my screen during audio notifications.

Select a flash alert

3. Select Flash the title bar of the active window, Flash the active window or Flash the entire screen. Pick whichever effect will grab your attention without constantly annoying you every time a sound alert comes up. Select Never if you want to turn off the effect.

Select one of the three flashing alert options or Never to turn them off

Note: If this does not work it could be because your computer settings are managed by someone else (an IT department or administrator for example) in which case you will need to contact them to access these settings or for further help.

Created on: November-12-2021

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