I recently installed IE 7 Beta 2 and the installation enabled a setting so that IE plays a *clicking* sound whenever I click on a link.

A couple of points

  • (IMO) Upgrades should, in general, maintain existing preferences
  • The particular clicking sound is terribly irritating to me.
  • It's so obvious that I have clicked, I don't feel I need the reminder.

How to disable the clicking sound programmatically

  • Just need to set a registry key (see the code for the path)
  • NOTE: The code I have preovided is more generic than strictly needed because the code snippet comes from a larger script I use to disable other sounds.
  • The translation to .REG file or another scripting language is straighforward.

Python Example

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import os
import sys
import win32com.client


def turn_off_app_event_sound( app, event ) :
  wsh = win32com.client.Dispatch("WScript.Shell")
  regpath = 'HKEY_CURRENT_USER\\AppEvents\\Schemes\\Apps\\%s\\%s\\.Current\\' % ( app, event )
  wsh.RegWrite( regpath, '' , 'REG_SZ' )

def turn_off_ie_navigating_sound() :

  turn_off_app_event_sound( "Explorer", "Navigating" )


if (__name__=='__main__') :

  turn_off_ie_navigating_sound()

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