If you were taking notice then you’d realize that Microsoft removed the classic volume mixer in Windows 11, and not everyone seems to be flattered by the decision. The question is, how can one switch back to the classic old volume mixer without having to downgrade to Windows 10?
How to open Volume Mixer in Windows 11?
To open the Volume Mixer in Windows 11, do the following:
- Right-click on the Volume icon in the Taskbar
- Select Open Volume Mixer
- Settings > System > Sound > Volume Mixer will open
- Here you can set or mute/unmute the volume for each app.
How do I fix Windows volume mixer?
To set things back to your comfort zone, then you will have to make use of a tool known as Classic Volume Mixer. It’s an open-source utility, and from what we can tell, it seems to work quite fine, and that’s the most important aspect of the program. See this post if the default Volume Mixer is not opening on Windows 11.
Why you may need to use Classic Volume Mixer?
The reason some users want to revert back to the old volume mixer may be due to them being used to the classic design. Learning how to use the new mixer in Windows 11 is not ideal for all, therefore, the ability to switch to the classic version makes a lot of sense.
How to get back the old Volume Mixer in Windows 11
From what we can tell, the best way to solve this problem is to download and install Classic Volume Mixer on your computer. This is something we’re going to discuss via the information below, so continue reading to learn more.
- Download Classic Volume Mixer
- Where to find Classic Volume Mixer after installation?
- Change the volume with Classic Volume Mixer
- What happens if you click on one of the icons?
1] Download Classic Volume Mixer
So, the first thing you should do is to visit the official download page on GitHub. The download size is small; therefore, you should have no problems downloading it to your computer. After opening the page, please download the file then run ClassicVolumeMixer.exe to install.
2] Where to find Classic Volume Mixer after installation?
After installation, you may be wondering where to find the tool. You won’t see it on the desktop or via the Start Menu. Your only option is to look to the System Tray via the Task Manager, and there you should see the icon in all its glory.
3] Change the volume with Classic Volume Mixer
Now that you’ve located the icon via the System Tray, it’s time to use it. To do so, click on the icon, and right away the menu will appear. Once that has happened, you should see four options in the form of Speakers, System Sounds, Web Browser, and others because it sometimes depend on the apps currently running.
Yours might look a bit different compared to ours, but the general idea is still the same.
In order to change the volume of either category, simply click on the lever, then drag your mouse up or down.
4] What happens if you click on one of the icons?
If you click on the Speakers or System Sounds icons, then the respective window for either should load. From there, you can do whatever you planned on doing.
Is there volume mixer on Windows 11?
Yes, like Windows 10, Windows 11 also comes with an in-built Volume Mixer. However, Windows 11 comes with a new interface for Volume Mixer, which opens in the Windows Settings panel. You can open the Volume Mixer by right-clicking on the volume icon and selecting the Open volume mixer option.
Read next: How to open the old Sound settings panel in Windows 11.