How to Change Outlook 2016 for Mac Sounds

Note: Although this technique worked in the preview versions of Outlook 2016, a reader pointed out that this will crash the latest version of Outlook. I’ll update this post if I find a resolution.

Update (12/23): It’s no longer crashing for me – perhaps a Microsoft Update fixed the issue. Running on Outlook for Mac 15.16 (151105)

Office 2016 is here!

Several weeks ago, Microsoft finally released a fresh new edition of Office for Mac. It was the first major release of the Office Suite for Mac computers in over four years, and it has finally been released to the public. Right now, it’s available for subscribers of Office 365. If you’re still on Office for Mac 2011, I’d highly recommend for you to upgrade as soon as possible. Many institutions (including Purdue University) can provide you a free download of Office. Get your copy here!


Something doesn’t sound right…

I’m slightly picky when it comes to UI/UX design of software; being a visual person, I find it easier for me to develop software once I have a design picked out. It’s backwards from the conventional developer, but that’s how I tend to work. One thing I noticed is despite giving Outlook 2016 a fresh look and improved performance with Microsoft Exchange, it still has the same, boring sounds that go back to the “Windows Notify” era of Windows 2000. If you’re looking to change the sound of the “New Mail” alert in Outlook for Mac, look no further!

      1. Make sure you have closed and quit all instances of Outlook
      2. Navigate to the folder where Outlook is installed. Typically, it’s in the Applications folder
      3. Right-Click on Microsoft Outlook and click Show Package Contents
      4. Navigate to Contents -> Frameworks
      5. Find the OutlookCore.framework file and expand the tree.
      6. Open the Resources folder
      7. Backup your newmail.wav file into a local path just in case something goes wrong
      8. Replace the newmail.wav file with any wave file of your choice (or if you want it to sound like the alert from Windows 8 or 10, download those files below)
        Note: You may have to authenticate/enter your administrator password to replace the file.
      9. Start Outlook and try it out!

You can also edit any of the .wav files in the path to change up the UX sounds to however you like.

Download Audio Files:

If you’re looking to use the sounds on Office 2013 for Windows 8 or 10, unzip the audio file from the ZIP and replace the file in the path above


Note: You’ll have to apply these steps every time that Outlook updates until Microsoft creates new fitting audio files.


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