This is gonna sound severely OCD, but... <shrug> So be it.\n\nI recently started running Apple's 2.1.3 version of "Mail" after several\nyears of making due with web-based email. (This version ships with 10.4\n- yes, I know, it's old. Unless you're volunteering to buy me a shiny\nnew Mac that can run the newer versions, don't talk to me about\nupgrading to something newer)\n\nIt functions well enough, but it has a flaw that's right on the edge of\ndriving me back to the hell of web-based email: It makes cutesy noises.\nI hear you already - "Wuddaya mean, it makes noises?" Exactly that! IT\nMAKES NOISES! I hit send, and a jet plane whooshes by. It has trouble\ntalking to the server, and I hear something like an asthmatic foghorn.\nIt checks for mail but finds nothing, so it "plinks". And I have no idea\nwhat other situations might make it decide to sound off. And less\ninterest! All I want is for it to shut up and silently handle my email\ntraffic.\n\nNow, I'm sure there are folks who think it's cool, but so far as I'm\nconcerned, the *ONLY* acceptable noise for a mail program to make is\nsome sort of "New mail has arrived" signal. Aside from that, there's\nnever, ever, under any circumstances whatsoever, any good reason for a\nmail program to make any sound at all. So I've gone looking for a way to\nsilence Mail. With no luck. I've looked *EVERYWHERE* that makes even the\nmost flimsy kind of sense to look, and come up with no way to make it\nshut up! Nothing in system prefs, nothing in the Mail program itself,\nnothing shows up on Google - NOTHING! Yet there MUST be a way to make\nthis program shut the hell up and do its job silently, rather than\nhaving it trying to act like some sort of sound-effects program.\n\nYes, I know this sounds like an insane gripe. Sorry, it's just how I am.\nPrograms that make noises for no good reason bug me. SEVERELY. Even back\nin the days of the Apple II, I hated it when my computer made noises\nwithout my explicitly asking it to. So much that I literally wired in a\nswitch to totally disable the speaker on my //e. That dislike for\n"chatty" computers hasn't changed a bit in all my years at a keyboard.\n\nNever mind that, at 4 in the everlovin' morning, that jet plane whoosh\nis (or at least seems) loud enough to wake the dead!\n\nSo I turn to the "group mind":\nCan anyone tell me a way (that doesn't involve inane suggestions like\n"don't run it" or "turn off your speakers") to make Apple's Mail program\noperate in complete silence? The *ONLY* time I ever want to hear\nanything from it is when new mail comes in. Other than that, it should\nnever, under any circumstances, make a sound. So how about it? Any ideas?