How to Enable or Disable Sound Keys in Ubuntu Linux

This post describes steps one can take to enable or disable Sound keys or Toggle keys tone in Ubuntu Linux.

Ubuntu Linux comes with a feature that will allow you to play or hear a tone while pressing Caps lock, Num lock and Scroll lock keys on your keyboard.

You will hear tone if you intentionally or accidentally press these buttons or keys. This feature is handy and should make you aware that one of the keys has been enabled, which can be good, so you don’t end up typing everything in capital letters or disabling the Num lock.

However, if you don’t want to hear a tone every time one of these keys is pressed, Ubuntu Linux lets you easily disable it. Or if you want to be reminded, go and enable it again.

Below is how to do that.

How to enable or disable Toggle Keys Tone in Ubuntu Linux

As described above, Ubuntu Linux has a feature that plays a tone while pressing Caps lock, Num lock and Scroll lock.

Below is how to enable or disable it.

Ubuntu Linux has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating, all can be done from the System Settings panel.

Alternatively, click on the System menu at the top-right corner of the top bar on your desktop.

On the System menu, select Settings as highlighted below.

In the Settings app, click on Accessibility tile to open the panel.

In the System Settings -> Accessibility panel, under Seeing, select Sound Keys tile to expand.

On the Sound Keys window, toggle the switch to the On position to turn enable Sound Keys. Your changes should apply immediately.

To disable, toggle the switch back to the Off position.

That should do it! You can now close the Settings app.


This post showed you how to enable or disable toggle tone or sound keys in Ubuntu Linux. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.