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How do I change the Gnome sound theme

asked 2013-08-21 12:40:28 -0500

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updated 2013-08-21 22:50:26 -0500

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There are several sound themes available via yum e.g. beethoven-fifth and acoustic. There is no obvious way to change the sound theme however in any of the sound-related settings dialogues.

How can I change the sound theme?

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answered 2013-08-21 12:47:19 -0500

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You can install sound themes in the Software tool by searching for "sound-theme" and choosing to install one or more themes. The "sound-theme-freedesktop" theme is installed by default.

The sound theme can be changed manually using dconf-editor. You may need to first install the tool from the Software tool since dconf-editor is not installed by default. Search for "dconf-editor" and install it. Once installed you can run it by launching the Overview and typing "dc".

Once in dconf-editor navigate to the following location:

org -> gnome -> desktop -> sound

There you can set the active sound theme by changing the "theme-name" value. You can always revert to the default via the "Set to Default" button if you forget the default name. If you want to apply a different theme simply provide its name here e.g. "beethoven-fifth" or "acoustic". The change is immediately applied so there is no need to logout. To test it open a terminal and hit Tab a couple of times to hear the default sound, or open the Sound Settings and find the "Sound Effects" tab. Click "Default" there to hear the theme's default sound.

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