When your Ubuntu system logs in there is a sound that plays. This can be ok, especially if your machine is a slow loader and you need to know when it’s finally sprung to life. Fact is though like with many operating systems we like to be in control of what the system actually does.
Just like Windows and Mac there are options to turn sounds off such as these you just have to know how to find them. There are scenarios during using Ubuntu where you don’t want login sounds, especially public environments so it’s always good to be fully in control, remember it’s you in control of your computer not the other way round.
Turning off Login Sounds
To fully turn login sounds off there are actually two settings. One of the easiest to set is the login screen options. This can be found in the Administration menu, the option is “Login Screen”. You will have to put in your password to get to the options but when you have done this you will see that there is an option to “play login sound”, unclick this option and this is the first setting to turn the sounds off.
The next one is in “Startup Applications” which is on the Preferences menu. Once you have loaded these go down the list of startup programs and find “GNOME Login Sounds” and again un-tick the option. This will set it so that these additional sounds will no longer login too. Once these options have been set it’s advisable to restart your system and to try them out.
Options such as these can sometimes be confusing, as for example this one actually has two sets of different sounds, so if you change one option the other will take over. Once you’ve managed to find the right options though and made the sounds stop then you’ll have succeeded. Getting our systems just how we want it can sometimes be tricky if we can’t find the correct options, but for everything we want to do normally the option is in there somewhere, or hackable to make it there.