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    Startup sound (2002 sp2)

    When I startup Word, as soon as the blank document is displayed, a 'boing' error sound is played. There is no message indicating any kind of error. Office Assistant is not installed. No sound options are selected in the options panel, as far as I can tell.

    Any idea what is causing this or how to stop it?
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    Re: Startup sound (2002 sp2)

    I don't know if Word 2002 has any new "feature" that causes a sound, but I would start by suspecting Start/Settings/Control Panel/Sounds/Open Program or some such item. I don't know if this is what you checked when you said no sound options have been selected in the Options panel.

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    Re: Startup sound (2002 sp2)

    I was referring to the Word options, but I checked the Sounds panel. No sound assigned to Open, and found that not one of the dozens of labelled sounds is the 'boing' sound.

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    Re: Startup sound (2002 sp2)

    Problem solved. I did a search for all the .wav files and found the boing sound (named Ignore.wav) comes from Clipmate. It wasn't Word making the sound, it was Clipmate reacting to Word's opening. Must be something Word does with the clipboard.

    Attached: 'boing'
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    Re: Startup sound (2002 sp2)

    In Word 2002, do this: On the 'Tools' menu, click 'Options', and then click the 'General' tab. Select or clear the 'Provide feedback with sound' check box.

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    Re: Startup sound (2002 sp2)

    Thanks for posting the resolution. It's always nice to know the ultimate resolution and may help future loungers. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Check this

    One last point - this info from the Clipmate FAQ:
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    Why does Visual Basic copy data at startup?
    You hear a "POP" or "BOING" (depending on the application profile) when you launch VB6, because they are using the clipboard to put icons onto the toolbar. This is a dreadful programmer "short-cut" which was also used in the dreaded "Internet Assistant for Word" add-in. Programmers should never do this. We have some more information for programmers here <link>.

    Other abusers: Quicken (the calculator), several card games (hearts, especially).
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    I tried VB6 and found that it puts an icon of a question mark on the clipboard, resulting in a 'pop' from Clipmate. And now Word is doing the same thing. Before I tried VB, Word was doing something that resulted in a blank entry on Clipmate, and the 'boing' sound. I'll try this experiment one more time after rebooting to see if Word reverts to the 'boing' entry. BTW: the 'boing' sound indicates "New Clipboard Data Ignored, due to duplicate or inappropriate data."

    And thanks for all the help. This great site is always my first go-to for information.
    Ross

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