How to Change the New Mail Sound in Mac OS X Mail

Mac OS X Mail can not only announce new mail in the Dock, it can also play a sound and you can tell Mac OS X Mail what to play.

Change the New Mail Sound in Mac OS X Mail

To set the new mail sound in Mac OS X Mail to your own custom choice:

  • Select Mail | Preferences… from the menu in Mac OS X Mail.
  • Go to the General tab. 
  • Select your favorite sound under New messages sound: (or New mail sound:).
    • You can choose from the drop-down list or
    • specify a sound file by selecting Add/Remove….

    Changing Other Mac OS X Mail Sounds

    Mac OS X Mail can play sounds ​​for a few other events, too. These can also be changed to your favorite tune.