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I am wondering how to disable system sounds in Ubuntu 19.04. Although I have them muted in system settings, as you can clearly see in the screenshot below, they still keep on making sound and annoying me:

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Whenever a system sound disturbs my calm a new entry under system sounds appears briefly with full volume and before I can change the volume to mute it, it's gone:

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Can somebody enlighten me, please, how to mute all system sounds in Ubuntu 19.04 or Gnome 3.32 respectively.

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To disable alert sounds on Ubuntu 19.04 you could install dconf editor, either from terminal or from activities/software center. From terminal

sudo apt install dconf-editor

Next, launch dconf editor and navigate to org/gnome/desktop/sound/event-sounds and flip the switch to off
alternatively, click on event-sounds and set custom value to False

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If sound files for system events are stored in org/gnome/desktop/sound/event-sounds, you could mv those files to a different location. for example: .../event-sounds-backup. Allowing you to easily put them back where the system expects them to be.

Or just delete the event-sounds directory if you're positive you will NEVER want to hear them, without having to re-install them.

Not an elegant solution, but no sound files means no sound can be played.

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    Disabling event-sounds work perfectly. Why risk deleting files ?
    – Jerare
    Apr 22 '19 at 13:30
  • looks like OP was unable to simply disable them, the usual way. I offered two alternatives here. The first less destructive (moving/renaming a directory) then deleting them.
    – Starbuck
    Apr 22 '19 at 14:19
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    If someone doesn't want to hear alert sounds, ever, why take up storage space with the sound files they don't want played?
    – Starbuck
    Apr 22 '19 at 14:24

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