Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. If you are using an earlier version (Excel 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Excel, click here: Getting Audible Feedback.

Getting Audible Feedback

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated March 3, 2016)

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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 Excel so it make noises. Granted, every version of Excel makes an obnoxious ding whenever you press the wrong key or try to do something it doesn't like, but now you can expand the auditory experience to an even wider array of obnoxious noises. To set up Excel to use audible feedback, follow these steps:

  1. Display the Excel Options dialog box. (In Excel 2007 click the Office button and then click Excel Options. In Excel 2010 and Excel 2013 display the File tab of the ribbon and then click Options.)
  2. At the left of the dialog box click Advanced.
  3. Scroll through the options until you see the General section. (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. The general options of the Excel Options dialog box.

  5. Make sure the Provide Feedback with Sound check box is selected.
  6. Click on OK.

You have now enabled the use of sounds. If you want to change which sounds Excel uses, then do your tweaking in the Sounds applet of the Control Panel. (This is within Windows, not in Excel itself.)

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (8240) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Getting Audible Feedback.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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What is eight minus 1?

2016-03-03 11:12:14

Scott Renz

Or is this tip here because I might not be hearing the sounds that Excel makes when I do something and has nothing to do with me providing sound?


2016-03-03 11:09:52

Scott Renz

All well and good--I tell it to let me provide feedback with sound. But now how to I make use of this feedback in my work book? For example, when they change the value in a cell to a certain range, I want it to make a sound. How do I make it do that?


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