Microsoft introduced a new volume control in Windows 10, but the underlying problem it faced was the absence of any option that allowed a user to change the volume for apps, individually. If you click on the speaker icon in the taskbar, you will get the control that lets you change only the master volume. In this post we will see, how you can enable the old Volume Mixer and change the sound volume for individual apps in Windows 11/10.
Windows 10 Volume Control missing
The Volume Control is actually not missing in Windows 10. You have to right-click on the volume icon to bring up the following menu.
Adjust volume for individual programs in Windows 10
Click on the Open Volume Mixer link to open the Volume Mixer as follows:
Here you can adjust the volume for individual programs, as well as for the entire device by moving the slider.
Adjust Volume for individual programs in Windows 11
For Windows 11 users, the steps are as follows:
- Open Settings app using hotkey (Win+I), Search box, or Start menu
- Click on the Sound option present under the System category
- Scroll down the page
- Click on the Volume mixer option. Alternatively, you can also open the Volume mixture page by right-clicking on the volume icon available on the system tray and selecting the Open volume mixer option
- Scroll down a bit to access the Apps section
- Under that section, the list of all opened programs and Microsoft Store apps that are playing media will visible. For each individual program and app, there is a volume slider that you can move left or right to adjust the volume.
You can also expand a particular program/app to set output device and input device for it. Moreover, the option to mute and unmute an individual program is also there that you can use when needed.
Get old Volume Control in Windows 11/10
There are some who prefer to use the old Windows 7 Volume Mixer and Control. If you wish to have it, you will have to edit the Windows Registry.
Open Registry Editor. and navigate to the following Registry key:
Next, in the right pane you will see a 32-bit DWORD value named EnableMtcUvc. In case you do not see it, create it. Its default value is 1. Change it to 0.
You will see the change taking effect immediately. Now, when you click the speaker icon in the system tray, the old sound volume slider will appear, with the Mixer button in the bottom area.
Go ahead and adjust the volume for individual apps in Windows 10.
Ear Trumpet for Windows 10
If you want, you can also use a freeware called Ear Trumpet, which offers you a smarter way to control the volume for each individual program.
You can read more here about the EarTrumpet Volume Control app.
How do I adjust individual application volume?
Whether you want to adjust the volume level of a web browser, media player, or some other application, there is a built-in feature in Windows 11/10 OS for that. This feature is known as Volume mixer.
You can access that feature by opening the Sound page available under the System category of the Settings app. Once you have opened the Volume mixer, you will see a volume slider for each individual application or program. Use that slider and set the volume as per your needs.
How do I change the volume on my computer apps?
Apps like Spotify, Groove Music, etc., in Windows 11/10 comes with a native volume control option using which you can change the volume for that app. However, if you want to adjust the volume of all the Microsoft Store apps that are playing audio from a single place, then you need to use the Volume mixer feature. This feature provides a separate volume slider for each app as well as programs to change the volume.