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Tech Support Pits column from Dear Webby's Humor Letter of
08/20/04: email notification sound
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I finally signed up with a high speed DSL. I love it!
I was wondering, is there really a program that will tell
you "You've Got Mail" like in the movies? My PC is always
on. I only turn it off during storms or when we are away
for a few days. I would love to know about my mail without
pulling up the site, if possible. I use Outlook Express.
Thanks for your help.
To change the new mail sound in Outlook and Outlook Express:
Select Control Panel from the Start menu.
Make sure you are in Classic View.
Double-click Sounds and Audio Devices.
Go to the Sounds tab.
Highlight New Mail Notification in the Program Events list.
Select a sound from the Sounds list,
or use the Browse button to find a sound not in the list.
In case you don't have any suitable sounds, I uploaded a
dozen short wav's that you can use:
Email notification sounds
Don't link to those wav files, just download them to your
computer. You can also use those wav files to replace
standard Windows alert sounds. It is an April 1 tradition
to sneak files like the bbfire.wav onto co-workers machines
to replace the Windows start-up noise or the Windows
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