Written by Barry Dysert (last updated February 12, 2018)
Assuming your computer has sound capabilities and you have a set of speakers connected to your computer, you'll probably want to adjust the speaker volume at some point in time. There are a couple of ways to do this. One way is to go to display the Control Panel, click the Hardware and Sound category, and then click the Adjust System Volume link (under the Sound category). Depending upon your particular hardware configuration, the Volume Mixer dialog box appears. (See Figure 1.)
Figure 1. The Volume Mixer dialog box.
The leftmost column ("Device") is the master control. If you slide its marker up or down, then the level in the Applications column will also adjust accordingly. However, if you just wanted to change the volume level of any Applications, you would just slide the marker in whatever application you want to adjust; it moves independently of the Device marker. (However, if you try to move an applications marker higher than the Device marker, the latter will increase as well.)
If you don't want to deal with mixing speaker sounds independently but just want a quick way to adjust the overall speaker volume, click the small speaker icon in the lower right-hand corner of your screen—just next to the system time display. (If you are using Windows 8 and looking at the Start screen, you can see the small icons by moving the mouse to the bottom of the screen; they should pop into view right away.) Windows displays a volume slider, similar to one portion of the sliders shown in the Volume Mixer dialog box. (See Figure 2.)
Figure 2. The volume slider.
Regardless of whether you're using the Volume Mixer dialog box or the simpler volume slider, you can quickly mute the speakers by clicking on the small speaker icon. To turn mute off (and again hear sounds from your computer), click the icon again.
This tip (12207) applies to Windows 7, 8, and 10.
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