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You may want to set up a scheduled task to mute your speakers overnight. If you use instant messaging programs, have audible e-mail alerts etc. this can be very useful. In this guide you will learn how to automatically mute your speakers overnight.

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Set Up a Scheduled Task to Automate the Muting Process

Windows XP

1. Click Start > Accessories > Schedules Tasks
2. Double Click “Add Scheduled Task”
3. Click “Next”
4. Browse to your utility; E.g. C:\Program Files\Mute\mute.exe
5. Select when you want it to run; E.g. Daily
6. Click “Next”
7. Select what time you want the task to run; E.g. 11:00pm
8. Enter in your username and password
9. Click “Next”
10. Tick the Open Advanced Properties tick box
11. Click “Finish”
12. In the Run box, make it “C:\Program Files\Mute\mute.exe on”

You will need to follow the steps above to make a second task to unmute your computer in the morning. You will need to change the name of it to unmute so that it does not conflict with the initial task.
This will need to have the off argument instead of on.
That’s it. Your computer should now mute and unmute itself at the times you specified.

Windows Vista

The Vista setup is similar to the XP setup, but you get a few more options. You can set it to only occur if the computer has been idle for longer than 10 minutes. This means that your computer game or movie won’t be interrupted.
1. Click the start icon, type “Task Scheduler”, and press Enter
2. Click “Create New Task” (not basic)
3. Give it a name “Mute”
4. Go to the “Triggers” tab
5. Click “New” (defaults to schedule)
6. Enter the frequency and time you want the mute to occur
7. Click “OK”
8. Go to the “Actions” tab
9. Click “New” (defaults to run program)
10. Browse for your program and put in the necessary arguments; E.g. On
11. Click “OK”
12. Go to the “Conditions” tab
13. Here, define how long you want the computer to be idle before activating the mute.
14. Click “OK”

You will need to follow the steps above to make a second task to unmute your computer in the morning. You will need to change the name of it to unmute so that it does not conflict with the initial task. This will need to have the off argument instead of on.
That’s it. Your computer should now mute and unmute itself at the times you specified.

Final Notes

You may find this very useful if you are forgetful… sure, it’s not too hard to turn your speakers off, but this helps you remember. If you have any questions, be sure to contact us.



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  • black jack

    mintywhite, thanks once again for making my life easier!!

  • black jack

    mintywhite, thanks once again for making my life easier!!

  • black jack

    mintywhite, thanks once again for making my life easier!!

  • ollie

    Nice tip!

  • ollie

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  • ollie

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    I think I don’t need it but thanks for the tips.

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    A nice tip; and a great site. Keep the good work going :)

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  • James

    Great tip!! I will be using this and let you know how it goes!!

  • James

    Great tip!! I will be using this and let you know how it goes!!

  • James

    Great tip!! I will be using this and let you know how it goes!!

  • Tony

    Thanks! This is perfect for my plans!

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    Thanks! This is perfect for my plans!

  • Tony

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  • Theo

    good simple instructions. I have done now

  • Theo

    good simple instructions. I have done now

  • Theo

    good simple instructions. I have done now

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  • None

    This is a v.useful tip

    now I can sleep at night and not worry about my e-mail!

  • None

    This is a v.useful tip

    now I can sleep at night and not worry about my e-mail!

  • None

    This is a v.useful tip

    now I can sleep at night and not worry about my e-mail!

  • yomama

    or you could just turn down the volume….

  • yomama

    or you could just turn down the volume….

  • yomama

    or you could just turn down the volume….

  • Gary

    This is useful because some of us forget to press mute .. smart A

  • Gary

    This is useful because some of us forget to press mute .. smart A

  • Gary

    This is useful because some of us forget to press mute .. smart A

  • FFF

    Thanks for the tip!

  • FFF

    Thanks for the tip!

  • FFF

    Thanks for the tip!

  • Yaroslav Kurovtsev

    http://www.automuter.com – small utility that mutes speakers at night

  • Yaroslav Kurovtsev

    http://www.automuter.com – small utility that mutes speakers at night

  • Yaroslav Kurovtsev

    http://www.automuter.com – small utility that mutes speakers at night

  • Older-n-dirt

    Great tip. I had to put the ‘on’ and ‘off’ outside of the quotation marks, but otherwise worked great.

  • Older-n-dirt

    Great tip. I had to put the ‘on’ and ‘off’ outside of the quotation marks, but otherwise worked great.

    • Thanks Older-n-dirt :) You shouldn’t need quotation marks at all, but whatever works :)

  • Older-n-dirt

    Great tip. I had to put the ‘on’ and ‘off’ outside of the quotation marks, but otherwise worked great.

    • Thanks Older-n-dirt :) You shouldn’t need quotation marks at all, but whatever works :)

  • Rich

    Thanks Older-n-dirt :) You shouldn’t need quotation marks at all, but whatever works :)

  • Mel

    It seems almost silly to worry about this but – I have had multiple occasions where I wish I had something like this in place!!

  • Mel

    It seems almost silly to worry about this but – I have had multiple occasions where I wish I had something like this in place!!

  • Mel

    It seems almost silly to worry about this but – I have had multiple occasions where I wish I had something like this in place!!

  • DOCTOR_NlCK

    Hi Everybody!


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