Whenever I adjust the volume there's a popping sound to indicate when the volume is changing. I find it really annoying.

Is there any way to change/disable this behaviour?


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You would have to turn the Notification sounds to off, or delete the specific sound that is played (but this would affect other event sounds and is not advised).

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    This has the negative side effect of making Skype alerts not work as well. Commented Mar 30, 2012 at 19:13
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    @JeremyLogan the awesome side effect though :)
    – Bruno Gelb
    Commented Oct 18, 2016 at 13:33
  • Can't find this option in Gnome 3.32 Commented Jul 22, 2019 at 23:58
  • Works in 18.04. If you don't want to disable the alerts you can also limit the volume. Commented Sep 11, 2020 at 5:52

It's not really documented anywhere, but holding ALT while pressing whichever key is responsible for volume up/down/mute will change the volume setting without the pops.

These are all controlled by gnome-settings-daemon, and unfortunately while VOLUME_UP_KEY and VOLUME_DOWN_KEY are assignable, VOLUME_DOWN_QUIET_KEY and VOLUME_UP_QUIET_KEY are hardcoded to ALT+XF86AudioLowerVolume and ALT+XF86AudioRaiseVolume respectively, with no easy way to change them.

I've opened a question regarding the feasibility of making the QUIET keys assignable in a future release.

TL;DR: You can hold ALT while changing the volume to mute the pops, but you can't currently assign this action to the default keys

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    My VOLUME_UP_KEY is F4, so holding ALT while turning the volume up actually closes the current window :) Commented Mar 8, 2018 at 14:20
  • well, if it's anything like mine, your volume up key is on the same key as F4 but has a function modifier, unless you've genuinely remapped your keys.
    – jymbob
    Commented Mar 9, 2018 at 20:42
  • I have a separate volume-key, but holding alt while pressing it makes it simply not work. Kubuntu 18.04 here
    – xeruf
    Commented Jun 19, 2018 at 21:27
  • @Xerus this question was originally asked about Unity, and is also still true for Gnome. There's a separate question with a different solution for KDE: askubuntu.com/questions/471650/…
    – jymbob
    Commented Jun 20, 2018 at 15:22

The following command appears to work:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.sound event-sounds false
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    does not work on ubuntu 12.04 Commented Feb 3, 2013 at 5:48
  • This works on 16.04
    – leoredi
    Commented Oct 8, 2016 at 15:59
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    I couldn't make it work in 16.04. Are there things to be careful about this? Can (and should) it be reverted?
    – jeff
    Commented Oct 26, 2016 at 16:12
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    Couldn't make it work in 17.10
    – morhook
    Commented Feb 28, 2018 at 3:46
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    Doesn't work in GNOME 3.28, even though the key exists. It's utterly unacceptable how unstable and broken gsettings/GNOME configs are. Commented Jun 5, 2018 at 1:47

The dconf-editor settings did not help on my system, so I actually replaced the "pop" audio sound file with a silent one, and then rebooted:

# mv /usr/share/sounds/freedesktop/stereo/audio-volume-change.oga /usr/share/sounds/freedesktop/stereo/audio-volume-change.oga.backup
# cp silent.ogg /usr/share/sounds/freedesktop/stereo/audio-volume-change.oga
# reboot now

You can create a silent Ogg Vorbis file in Audacity pretty easily.

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    There is no need to put a silent audio file there, it works just as well to just rename the file. Example: sudo mv /usr/share/sounds/freedesktop/stereo/audio-volume-change.oga{,.backup} Commented May 4, 2019 at 17:59

The only way I know to do that is using your mouse. You can go to the sound indicator in the upper right corner, click on it and adjust the volume in the slide bar or click on 'mute'.

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    'I would like to adjust the volume on my system without producing those "pops".' I offered a way to do this, not the best, I know, but works if she has to adjust volume silently.
    – leousa
    Commented Jun 18, 2012 at 11:13

Go to your Sound Settings (the Volume Icon in the top right corner and click on it, and then click on the Sound Settings option at the bottom of the list.)

From there click on the Sound Effects tab. There will be a sliding bar labeled Alert Volume. Either slide it all the way to the left or just check the Mute box beside the bar. That should do it.

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    She mentioned the old thread where they give a similar solution..she doesn't want the other alerts to be affected..
    – vellvisher
    Commented Jun 18, 2012 at 4:45

I've found a solution which is actually more like a workaround:

In the "Keyboard" system settings, you have to change the keybindings of volume up, down and mute and add the "Alt" key to the existing, i.e. "Alt+Volume up" and so on.



I got the hint from the source file "shortcuts-list.h".


Go to Terminal (CTRL+ALT+T) and type in the following commands:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.sound event-sounds false
pulseaudio -k

Another way is to just keep the cursor on top of the volume icon and scroll to change volume.


Using Gnome-shell DE with extension volume mixer has solved problem for me. But I had to enable boost volume option in extension config


Still found no satisfying solution here, except killing the file with:

cd /usr/share/sounds/freedesktop/stereo/
sudo mv audio-volume-change.oga audio-volume-change.oga-DISCARDED-TOO-ANNOYING

then loging back and in again u_u


I had issues with the ALT solution, so for Ubuntu 19 I used (note: Yaru, not freedesktop):

mv /usr/share/sounds/Yaru/stereo/audio-volume-change.oga /usr/share/sounds/Yaru/stereo/audio-volume-change.oga.backup

Then just reboot.


I have Ubuntu 19.10 (and a Logitech K400+ wireless keyboard with Solaar-gnome3 installed).

Editing the following "-static" keys in dconf-editor under the path org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.media-keys worked for me to mute the popping sound of the volume setting media keys:

Configuration keys and values to mute volume tuning media keys

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