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Fix Missing Mail Alert Sounds
Authored by: johnsawyercjs on Jan 29, '10 02:23:54PM

This hint's solution has changed under OS 10.5 and later, which don't have an option in the Sound prefpane to turn off alert sounds (to turn off alert sounds, you use the Alert sound volume slider instead). Under OS 10.5 and later, to hear Mail's action sounds, you need to turn on the Sound prefpane's option to "Play user interface sound effects", since Apple now considers Mail action sounds not as alerts, but as part of OS X's overall "user interface sound effects", even though technically Mail's action sounds are not that at all, but rather are sounds associated with a specific app. User interface sound effects, until this change, were for the most part limited to operations you perform in the Finder (dropping things into the Trash, emptying Trash, duplicating items, etc.); it seems a small group of people at Apple misunderstand this.

I think this is a step backward, since now, in order to hear Mail's action sounds, you're also forced to hear all of OS X's dumb Finder sounds (emptying Trash, etc.). An individual app's sound prefs shouldn't be grouped with OS X's overall user interface sound effects, since an app is not part of the user interface, but is a separate app. The real solution, of course, would be for Apple to decouple Mail's action sounds from the Sound prefpane entirely, and rely only on Mail's existing option "Play sounds for other mail actions", so that it works as expected, instead of relying on the user's psychic powers to realize that this setting works in pointless pseudo-conjunction with the Sound prefpane.

Edited on Jan 29, '10 02:25:23PM by johnsawyercjs

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Fix Missing Mail Alert Sounds
Authored by: johnsawyercjs on Jan 29, '10 06:04:40PM

I just found a solution to the annoying Finder "user interface sound effects" (which I understand iTunes also has, though I haven't confirmed this) which play when you turn on the Sound prefpane's option for these effects, when all you wanted was to hear all of Mail's action sounds: use TinkerTool, whose "Finder" pane has an option, "Disable sound effects", which turns off these sounds, which won't turn off Mail's action sounds, even if you toggle the Sound prefpane's setting for alerts or user interface sound effects. After selecting TinkerTool's "Disable sound effects" setting, you'll have to quit from and relaunch the Finder for the change to take effect--TinkerTool normally does this automatically after you select its option to disable sound effects, but if it doesn't, you can do it yourself: Option-click on the Finder's icon in the Dock, and select the popup menu's option, "Relaunch".

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