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My first introduction with Mathematica was about eleven years ago. It was still version 4.2 which had a nice welcome sound whenever you opened a new notebook. However this welcome sound is absent in all newer versions. So, I was wondering if there is a way to add somehow this welcome sound (or any other music theme) in newer versions like 9 or 10. Any ideas?

Many thanks in advance!

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  • $\begingroup$ I remember that. Was it also in one of the demo notebooks? If so, it should be on on the Library Archive somewhere. But I cannot find it. library.wolfram.com/infocenter/Demos $\endgroup$
    – Szabolcs
    Commented Oct 26, 2015 at 18:22
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    $\begingroup$ @Oleksandr If you have version 7 handy, the startup sound is FileNameJoin[{$InstallationDirectory, "SystemFiles", "FrontEnd", "SystemResources", "Windows", "Startup.wav"}]. Note this was only ever available on Windows. $\endgroup$
    – ilian
    Commented Oct 26, 2015 at 19:02
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    $\begingroup$ Probably not, since the option has been removed. But you could add to your init.m file something like task := EmitSound[Import["ExampleData/rule30.wav"]]; RunScheduledTask[task, {0.25}] $\endgroup$
    – ilian
    Commented Oct 26, 2015 at 19:31
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    $\begingroup$ Funnily enough, one of the first things I did on fresh Mathematica installations back then was to turn the sound off. Not in the same league as that paperclip, but still… $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 26, 2015 at 23:35
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    $\begingroup$ @ilian Could you post a more detailed answer on how to edit the init.m file? BTW I have v9 and v10. $\endgroup$
    – Vaggelis_Z
    Commented Oct 27, 2015 at 12:54

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There was a symbol called StartupSound. You could switch it on via the command:

SetOptions[$FrontEnd, StartupSound -> True]

But according to Wolfram Reference it is no longer available.

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    $\begingroup$ It was removed in version 8. $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 26, 2015 at 19:13
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I've upload the sound from Mathematica here, you can now save it and have Mathematica play it in your init.m, hope this helps you.

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  • $\begingroup$ This is a dead link. $\endgroup$
    – Anm
    Commented Aug 4, 2023 at 14:52

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