System Change Sound Output Volume Level in Windows 11


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If the volume level from your sound output device is too low or high, you can easily adjust the volume level to what you want on demand in Windows 11.

This tutorial will show you how to change the volume level for apps and sound output devices for your account in Windows 11.


Contents

  • Option One: Change System Sound Output Volume Level from Keyboard
  • Option Two: Change System Sound Output Volume Level from Quick Settings
  • Option Three: Change System Sound Output Volume Level using Mouse Scroll Wheel
  • Option Four: Change System Sound Output Volume Level from Settings
  • Option Five: Change System and Apps Sound Output Volume Level from Volume Mixer in Settings
  • Option Six: Change System and Apps Sound Output Volume Level from old Volume Mixer
  • Option Seven: Change System and Apps Sound Output Volume Level from Game Bar
  • Option Eight: Change Sound Output Volume Level for Device from Control Panel




Option One

Change System Sound Output Volume Level from Keyboard


1 You can click/tap on the volume key(s) on your keyboard to mute, adjust up volume, and adjust down volume. (see screenshot below)

The exact volume keys available and their location on the keyboard will vary per device and keyboard.


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Option Two

Change System Sound Output Volume Level from Quick Settings


This will only adjust the volume of the current default sound output device.


1 Open Quick Settings (Win+A). (see screenshot below)

2 Adjust the volume level to what you want.

Clicking on the volume icon will toggle mute and unmute.

Starting with Windows 11 22478, scrolling your mouse wheel on the volume icon in the Taskbar will also change the current volume level.


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Option Three

Change System Sound Output Volume Level using Mouse Scroll Wheel


This will only adjust the volume of the current default sound output device.


1 Hover the mouse pointer on the Volume (speaker) icon on the taskbar system tray. (see screenshot below)

2 Roll the mouse scroll wheel up (increase) or down (decrease) to adjust the volume level percentage to what you want.

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Option Four

Change System Sound Output Volume Level from Settings


This will only adjust the volume of the current default sound output device.


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on System on the left side, and click/tap on Sound on the right side. (see screenshot below)


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3 Under Output, adjust the volume level to what you want.

Clicking on the volume icon will toggle mute and unmute.


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4 You can now close Settings if you like.




Option Five

Change System and Apps Sound Output Volume Level from Volume Mixer in Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

You can also right click on the volume icon on the taskbar, and click/tap on Open volume mixer to go directly to step 4 below.


2 Click/tap on System on the left side, and click/tap on Sound on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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3 Click/tap on Volume mixer on the right side under Advanced. (see screenshot below)

Open Volume mixer Settings

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4 Adjust the volume level for system and Apps to what you want.

Clicking on the volume icon will toggle mute and unmute.


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5 When finished, you can close Settings if you like.




Option Six

Change System and Apps Sound Output Volume Level from old Volume Mixer


1 Open Volume Mixer (SndVol.exe).

2 Adjust the volume level for the devices and applications you want. (see screenshot below)

Clicking on a volume icon at the bottom of an item will toggle mute and unmute for it.



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Option Seven

Change System and Apps Sound Output Volume Level from Game Bar


1 Open the Game Bar (Win+G).

2 Click/tap on the Audio icon on the Game Bar to open the Audio widget. (see screenshot below)

3 In the Audio widget, adjust the volume level for system and Apps to what you want.

Clicking on the volume icon will toggle mute and unmute.


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Option Eight

Change Sound Output Volume Level for Device from Control Panel


1 Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Sounds icon.

2 In the Playback tab, select the output device (ex: "Digital Audio (S/PDIF)") you want, and click/tap on Properties. (see screenshot below)

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3 Click/tap on the Levels tab, adjust the output volume level to what you want, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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4 Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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5 You can now close the Control Panel if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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Loved it! Thanks Admin.
 

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How to add the legacy volume mixer : Download Classic Volume Mixer 2.1
I have it to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\ClassicVolumeMixer.exe to load it at boot.
 

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Do you know how to lock system output volume to a specific value? for example, don't let it go above 50%.
in order to protect accidental volume up change that could harm the ears. Android has this functionality which can be enabled to ask for user Pin before increasing volume past a certain percentage, would love to have the same functionality in Windows.
 

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I believe Windows has this "feature" enabled by default. I can increase volume using headphones and when it is too high, Windows will no longer increase it, lets say I go above 50% and the level is still the same all the way up to 100%, I have to use headphones to increase it. Some sound cards and apps allow you to enable "volume normalization".


 

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I believe Windows has this "feature" enabled by default. I can increase volume using headphones and when it is too high, Windows will no longer increase it, lets say I go above 50% and the level is still the same all the way up to 100%, I have to use headphones to increase it. Some sound cards and apps allow you to enable "volume normalization".



Hi,
that's really interesting, can you tell me what headphone you use and whether you use it wired or wireless?
 

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