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Provide Feedback with Sound

July 21, 2017 - by Bill Jelen

Provide Feedback with Sound

Here is an interesting new feature in Excel: you can have Excel provide gentle sounds to confirm that you have completed a specific action. While this is meant as an accomodation tool for people with visual disability, it might be of interest to the general population of Excellers.

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  • New feature July 2017 - Provide Feedback with Sounds
  • Choose the Modern Sounds
  • Opening a Pane, Closing a Pane, Autocorrect, Copy, Undo, Redo, Paste, Saving a
  • Document, Deleting Cells, Inserting Cells, Deleting Rows, Deleting Columns

Video Transcript

Learn Excel From MrExcel, Podcast Episode 2114: Provide Feedback With Sound.

Hi. Actually, I'm going to love this one. New feature. FILE, OPTIONS, brand new category here, EASE OF ACCESS, and something called PROVIDE FEEDBACK WITH SOUND. Now, this used to be an add-in but it's now part of Excel and there's two choices here: MODERN and CLASSIC. MODERN is the one you want. Go to the outtake if you want to hear about CLASSIC.

Alright. So, we turn that on. Okay. So, what we're going to get now are these gentle little sounds just kind of in the background to let you know that something worked and these are the things you can do that will give you those sounds and there might be other things. This may not be a complete list.

So, let's open a pane. I'll right click and SMART LOOKUP. That's the sound for opening a pane. Here’s the sound for closing a pane. Cool. Autocorrect. I type WAY incorrectly. Listen. Oh, I like that. Alright. Let's try copy, and then paste. Try to get copy, paste. Cool. Undo. CONTROL+Z. Redo. F4. Alright. Saving a document. I'll do CONTROL+S. Nice. Deleting some cells. Inserting some cells.

Alright. Let's try this. Copy. Paste. Now I'll try and paste with redo, F4. Okay. So, the redo sound beats the paste sound. Deleting some rows. Deleting some columns. Let's delete a column here.

Alright. I get it. I like it. It's cool. I'm going to leave it on. I bet some of it will start becoming second nature, just the little confirmations that things that we're doing are happening. I like it.

Click the i in the top right-hand corner. Look at that. Changing the sheets. Someone could actually compose a song with all these new sounds. Power Excel With MrExcel. Click that i in the top right-hand corner to check it out.

Alright. Brand new feature, July 2017, provide feedback with sounds. Make sure to choose the MODERN sounds. Then, you get these gentle little sounds when you do any of those things.

Alright. Well, hey. I want to thank you for stopping by. We’ll see you next time for another netcast from MrExcel.

Alright. Here's the outtake. FILE, Excel OPTIONS. Go into EASE OF ACCESS, SOUND SCHEME, CLASSIC. This is apparently what they had before they introduced MODERN. Oh yeah. Your co-workers would kill you if you tried to use CLASSIC. Don't use CLASSIC.

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