This question has been asked before but the answer is not working in 5.0. There is no sound effects options anywhere. How Can I disable the file delete sound effects in 5.0?

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You can use the Event Sounds option in the Sound settings to disable this sound.

In previous versions of Elementary OS this option didn't work. The old workaround is below.

I think the "Event Sounds" option in the Sound settings is supposed to disable this sound but it doesn't seem to work. I've opened an issue here: https://github.com/elementary/files/issues/766

As an ugly work around, you could delete or change the name of the file that creates that sound.

For example to stop the trash sound from playing:

  1. Open Terminal
  2. Run io.elementary.files-pkexec
  3. Enter your password
  4. Press ctrl+L and paste in /usr/share/sounds/freedesktop/stereo/
  5. Delete or rename `trash-empty.oga
  • "Event Sounds" option works now. So, no need for the workaround. Commented Jan 16, 2019 at 19:18
  • @TrigonaMinima thanks for the reminder, I'll update the answer
    – Aaron
    Commented Jan 17, 2019 at 20:14

Please raise an issue at https://github.com/elementary/files/issues. I agree Files should at least honor the event sounds setting.


As of release, and a few months later, this in fact has not been fixed. If someone call point me to a place that says otherwise, I would appreciate it, but I am forced to delete both 'freedesktop' and 'elementary' folders in /usr/share/sounds in order to disable sound effects.

And I'm a fairly experienced user, so this is a pretty serious bug for the average user.

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