Windows 11 users have noticed a difference in notification tones between the light and dark mode of the new operating system.
Microsoft confirmed the observation in a statement to BleepingComputer, saying that the warning tones played in dark mode were deliberately made quieter and quieter than in light mode.
Microsoft recently confirmed that it has been focusing on “calming the technology down” by changing the soundscape of Windows 11 in dark mode to a more muted profile. The system tones in dark mode are quieter and softer and have a “much rounder wavelength” than the warning tones under Windows 10 and in light mode under Windows 11.
The company believes that “Windows 10 sounds were sharp, literally made with sharp wavelengths. In Windows 11, we focused on calming the technology down. To do this, we had to reevaluate our soundscape to be calm too. ”They made sounds crisp and loud in light mode, while sounds in dark mode were suppressed and restricted. “The new sounds have a much more rounded wavelength which makes them smoother so they can still alert / notify you without being overwhelming,” added the company.
You may be wondering why the company didn’t just apply the quieter sounds to the light and dark modes if they think they are more soothing. Microsoft responded to this question: “We introduced light and dark sound options so that people with poor or poor vision can still hear light and dark topics. Thematic sounds improve productivity by aligning your work style through your theme. Dark sounds help you stay focused, while light sounds keep you busy. “
Whatever the real reason for the change, the company isn’t wrong with its approach. Softer tones are more calming than sharp and loud tones.
You can access the light mode sounds in the C: WindowsMedia folder, just like you can with Windows 10. To access the dark mode sounds, you need to look in the new C: WindowsMediadm folder. You can also listen to and compare the ten new light and dark sounds for Microsoft 11 here.