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Seemingly randomly throughout the day, my mac will "whoosh" at me. I set up Messages, but whenever I switch to Messages after the whoosh, I don't have any new messages and usually my buddies are set to Away status anyway.

Notification center is empty with "No new notifications."

I don't have the mail client set up or running, so it can't be that. I do use Reminders and sometimes put things in the calendar, but I don't think those are whooshing at me.

What is whooshing at me and how do I make it stop?

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I'd describe the "Sent Mail" sound as a "Whoosh"…you don't have anything stuck in your Outbox, do you? – FeifanZ Aug 2 '12 at 21:29
I'm upvoting the question for no other reason than every time I read the title on the front page it makes me smile. +1 for a good title. – CajunLuke Aug 2 '12 at 23:46
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Could it be the sound alerts Messages has configured by default? I'm particularly thinking about the sound when a contact comes online/goes offline, which sound like a "whoosh".

You can check and disable these sound alerts individually for each event in the Messages preferences. alerts

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Oh! I saw that page but for some reason it never occurred to me that the "Event" drop-down controlled what you were changing on the page. Seems obvious in hindsight, but not what I'm used to. My buddies going offline and online throughout the day was what was making my mac whoosh at me. – indiv Aug 2 '12 at 22:39
It looks like the Alerts pane was removed in Yosemite. Has it been moved somewhere else or are we not able to disable Messages sounds anymore? – kolyuchiy Dec 26 '14 at 8:47
@kolyuchiy the "disable" checkbox has been moved to "General". However, the ability to configure a specific event's sound/behavior seems to have disappeared. – jhfrontz Jul 3 '15 at 19:11

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