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'Start Navigation' (clicking) sound

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Hi, I have a very specific question. Lately, the 'Start Navigation' sound has been playing not only when I open folders on Windows 7, as usual, but also each time I save a Word document or basically do any kind of file creation/modification task (such as changing mp3 id tags, for instance). I know that this is not malware because I keep my antivirus and antimalware programs up to date and I'm the only one with access to this computer.

In fact, and this is the interesting part, I downloaded Process Monitor and created a new filter that would exclusively monitor programs that used the 'Start Navigation' sound. And what did I find? Well, it's Windows Explorer that's causing that annoying clicking. Specifically, these four operations in this exact order: 'Create File', 'QueryStandardInformationFile', 'QueryBasicInformationFile', and 'CloseFile'. These four operations run through Explorer.EXE each time I create or modify files and save my progress (like I said, with any program, such as saving a .doc file with Word, an mp3 tag with Tag&Rename, etc.), and they unfailingly cause the 'Start Navigation' clicking sound to play.

Anyway, this is different from other posts I've read on these forums because the pattern is very clear, and it's not just some random thing caused by an undesired program. It's Windows Explorer. I don't want to turn the Start Navigation sound off for everything. I'd just like it to revert to the way it was before: just playing when I opened folders with Windows Explorer.

Anyone else having this issue?

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Hi and :welcome:


It sounds like your sound scheme has been altered. If this is the case it is very easy to revert back to how it was.


  1. Open Sound by clicking the Start button 4f6cbd09-148c-4dd8-b1f2-48f232a2fd33_818, and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type sound, and then click Sound.

  2. Click the Sounds tab.

  3. In the Sound Scheme list, click the sound scheme that says windows default. Then click OK.

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