Sound Events For Visual Studio

Did you know you can assign sounds to a few Visual Studio events? You can assign a WAV file to play when a build fails or succeeds. Just open the Control Panel, select Sounds and Audio Devices and then click the Sounds tab. Scroll down to Microsoft Development Environment. I assigned my Build Succeeded to a WAV file of Darth Vader saying "All Too Easy" and my Build Failed to a WAV file of Han Solo saying "I got a bad feeling about this."

Sound Events


  • This use to work in VS.NET prior to, but not in, VS.NET 2005; Reading this post I decided to try again – and now neither VS.NET or "Microsoft Development Environment" is listed under system sounds in Vista.

  • I can't think of a reason why Microsoft forgot during VS2005's release phase that people actually appreciate audible feedback. ScottGu linked here yet made a negative comment; I think ScottGu needs to learn to appreciate that a) not everyone works with nearby co-workers and many people wear headphones, b) simple bleeps and bloops can go a long way to minimizing the effort required to get feedback from the computer as opposed to squinting at a little sub-window that says "Build Succeeded" or "Build Failed", and c) some builds take several seconds or even minutes to complete, making audible feedback a necessity to productivity.

    I don't know why but Visual Studio 2005 on my machine currently has the Visual Studio section in the Sounds control panel. It didn't previously. I don't know if it came from when I installed Service Pack 1 for Visual Studio, or perhaps when I installed and uninstalled Visual Studio 2008.

    Regardless, it'd better be there in VS2008.

  • Jon Davis: I've got the options in the Sound Control panel. I've got VS 2005 SP1, and I've never installed any version of the Orcas on this machine.

  • I've got the Visual Studio 2008 Beta2 on my Vista machine and sure enough I've got the options in Sounds. So it looks like it should be there for the Visual Studio 2008 RTW/RTM! Yeah!

  • Sorry, I didn't realize that this does not apply to Visual Studio 2005. I still have to do most of my work in Visual Studio 2003 to support ASP.NET 1.1 web applications.

  • Just checked the brand new vs 2008 rtm, and sound events are back!

    I've have side by side vs 2005 sp1 and vs 2008.
    2005 still quiet (without a macro hack), 2008 is ok.

    This vs 2005 bug is corrected in... vs 2008 :)

  • Thanks for the tip. It is really helpful as I am still using Version 2003

  • Just a quick note -- I had to restart VS2008 before I noticed the sounds playing; not sure if that's true for everyone.

  • @ Steve,

    Yes. I am on Windows 7 and had to restart VS for this to work.

    That's VS 2008 btw.


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