Chapter 11. Using Preference Tools

Setting Sound Preferences

The Sound preference tool enables you to control when the GNOME sound server starts. You can also specify which sounds to play when particular events occur.

You can customize the settings for the Sound preference tool in the following functional areas:

  • General

  • Sound Events

  • System Bell

General Sound Preferences

Use the General tabbed section of the Sound preference tool to specify when to launch the GNOME sound server. You can also enable sound event functions.

Table 11.26, “General Sound Preferences” lists the general sound preferences that you can modify.

Table 11.26. General Sound Preferences

Dialog Element

Description

Enable sound server startup

Select this option to start the GNOME sound server when you start a GNOME session. When the sound server is active, the GNOME Desktop can play sounds.

Sounds for events

Select this option to play sounds when particular events occur in the GNOME Desktop. You can select this option only if the Enable sound server startup option is selected.

Sound Event Preferences

Use the Sound Events tabbed section of the Sound preference tool to associate particular sounds with particular events.

Note

You must select the Enable sound server startup option, and the Sounds for events option before you can access the Sound Events tabbed section.

Table 11.27, “Sound Event Preferences” lists the sound events preferences that you can modify.

Table 11.27. Sound Event Preferences

Dialog Element

Description

Sounds table

Use the Sounds table to associate particular sounds with particular events.

The Event column displays a hierarchical list of events that can occur. To expand a category of events, click on the right arrow beside a category of events.

The File to play column lists the sound file that plays when the event occurs.

Play

Click on this button to play the sound file that is associated with the selected event.

Sound file drop-down combination box, Browse

To associate a sound with an event, select the event in the Sounds table. Enter the name of the sound file that you want to associate with the selected event in the drop-down combination box. Alternatively, click Browse to display a Select sound file dialog. Use the dialog to specify the sound file that you want to associate with the selected event.

Note

You can only associate sound files in .wav format with events.

System Bell Settings

Use the System Bell tabbed section to set your preferences for the system bell.

Some applications play a bell sound to indicate a keyboard input error. Use the preferences in the System Bell tabbed section to configure the bell sound. Table 11.28, “System Bell Preferences” lists the system bell preferences that you can modify.

Table 11.28. System Bell Preferences

Dialog Element

Description

Sound an audible bell

Select this option to enable the system bell.

Visual feedback

Select this option to enable visual feedback to indicate input errors.

Flash window titlebar

Select this option if you want window titlebars to flash to indicate an input error.

Flash entire screen

Select this option if you want the entire screen to flash to indicate an input error.