For Seniors: Adjust the Volume on a Windows Laptop
Windows 7 allows you to adjust the volume on your laptop so that it's louder or softer as desired. Mute the volume on your laptop when needed, simply and easily.
Choose Start→Control Panel→Hardware and Sound; click the Adjust System Volume link under the Sound category.
The Volume Mixer dialog box appears.
You can also click the Volume icon on the Windows taskbar (it looks like a little gray speaker), and click Mixer to display the Volume Mixer dialog box. To adjust the volume without opening the Mixer dialog box, click the volume icon and drag the slider up or down in the Volume pop-up that appears. Click the Mute Speakers icon on the Volume popup to turn off sounds temporarily.
Make adjustments to any of the settings as desired.
Move the Device slider to adjust the system’s speaker volume up and down. For sounds played by Windows (called system sounds), adjust the volume by moving the Applications slider instead. To mute either main or application volume, click the speaker icon beneath either slider so that a red circle appears.
Click the Close button several times.
Click until each of the dialog boxes is closed.
Today, most laptop keyboards include volume controls and a mute button to control sounds; sometimes these are included in the function keys along the top of the keyboard. Some even include separate buttons to play, pause, and stop audio playback. Having these buttons and other controls at your fingertips can be worth a little extra in the price of your laptop.