How to Adjust Sound Volume in Windows 10

By Andy Rathbone

The Sound area of the Windows 10 Control Panel’s Hardware and Sound category lets you adjust your PC’s volume, a handy technique when trying to sneak in a computer game on a Windows tablet during a boring business meeting.

Most Windows tablets come with toggle-switch volume controls mounted along their left or right edge. The top button turns up the volume; the lower button decreases the volume. Experiment with them a bit before bringing Angry Birds into the board room.

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To turn down your PC’s volume from the desktop, shown here, click the little speaker by your clock and slide down the volume. No speaker on your taskbar? Restore it by right-clicking the taskbar’s digital clock, choosing Properties, and turning the Volume switch to On.

Click the speaker icon and move the sliding control to adjust your PC's volume.
Click the speaker icon and move the sliding control to adjust your PC’s volume.

To mute your PC, click the little speaker icon at the left of the sliding control, as shown. Clicking that icon again lets your computer blare music again.

Right-click the taskbar’s speaker icon and choose Open Volume Mixer from the pop-up menu to set different volumes for different desktop programs. You can quietly detonate explosives in your favorite game while still allowing your desktop’s e-mail program to loudly announce any new messages. (Note: The individualized volume levels only control desktop programs, not apps, unfortunately.)