System Mute and Unmute Sound Output Volume in Windows 11

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The default audio playback device is the device that Windows uses to output (play) sound.

While you can adjust the volume level of individual devices and apps, sometimes you may just want to mute and unmute the volume as needed without affecting the set volume level.

This tutorial will show you different ways on how to mute and unmute the system volume or sound volume of individual devices and apps in Windows 11.


Contents

  • Option One: Mute and Unmute Sound Output Volume using Keyboard
  • Option Two: Mute and Unmute Sound Output Volume in Quick Settings
  • Option Three: Mute and Unmute Sound Output Volume in Settings
  • Option Four: Mute and Unmute Sound Output Volume in Volume Mixer
  • Option Five: Mute and Unmute Sound Output Volume in Game Bar
  • Option Six: Mute and Unmute Sound Output Volume in Control Panel
  • Option Seven: Mute and Unmute Sound Output Volume in Windows Mobility Center





OPTION ONE

Mute and Unmute Sound Volume using Keyboard


1 Press the Mute key on the keyboard to toggle mute on and off. (see screenshot below)

The actual key you press on the keyboard will vary per manufacturer.


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OPTION TWO

Mute and Unmute Sound Output Volume in Quick Settings


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

2 Click/tap on the volume icon to the left of the slider to toggle mute on and off.

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OPTION THREE

Mute and Unmute Sound Output Volume in Settings


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, click/tap on the volume icon to the left of the slider to toggle mute on and off. (see screenshot below)

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4 You can now close Settings if you like.





OPTION FOUR

Mute and Unmute Sound Output Volume in Volume Mixer


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

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4 Click/tap on the volume icon to the left of the slider to toggle mute on and off for System and individual Apps you want. (see screenshot below)

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5 You can now close Settings if you like.





OPTION FIVE

Mute and Unmute Sound Output Volume in 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, click/tap on the volume icon to the left of the slider to toggle mute on and off for System (Windows Default Output) and individual Apps you want. (see screenshot below)

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OPTION SIX

Mute and Unmute Sound Output Volume in Control Panel


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

2 In the Playback tab, double click/tap on the output device you want to mute or unmute. (see screenshot below)

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3 Click/tap on the Levels tab, click/tap on the volume icon to toggle mute on or off, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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

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OPTION SEVEN

Mute and Unmute Sound Output Volume in Windows Mobility Center


1 Open Windows Mobility Center (mbclrt.exe).

2 In Volume, check or uncheck Mute for what you want. (see screenshot below)

3 You can now close Windows Mobility Center if you like.

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That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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bjproc

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Is there a way to just have the volume to show when you click on the volume button the the taskbar?

Its too busy and I only want the volume to show
 

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Is there a way to just have the volume to show when you click on the volume button the the taskbar?

Its too busy and I only want the volume to show

Hello. :)

If you mean from within Quick Settings (Win+A), you can use the tutorial below to remove the settings you don't want to show in Quick Settings.

 

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  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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    Custom self build
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    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
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    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
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    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
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    16 GB LPDDR4-3200
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    Intel SST
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bjproc

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Hello. :)

If you mean from within Quick Settings (Win+A), you can use the tutorial below to remove the settings you don't want to show in Quick Settings.

Hi Brink,

Mines doesn't show the edit button, just the settings cog wheel
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    MSI GV72 8RD
    CPU
    i7-8750H
    Motherboard
    MSI MS-179F
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
    Sound Card
    Onboard
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    1GB WD Nand SSD
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Hi Brink,

Mines doesn't show the edit button, just the settings cog wheel

You can try resetting Quick Settings to default to fix this by using the same BAT file in the tutorial below.

 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self build
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 980 PRO M.2,
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gbps Download and 35 Mbps Upload
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Motorola MB8611 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Spectre x360 2in1
    CPU
    i7-1065G7 3.9 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR4-3200
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel Iris Plus
    Sound Card
    Intel SST
    Monitor(s) Displays
    13.3" 4K UWVA AMOLED multitouch
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender and Malwarebytes Premium

bjproc

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You can try resetting Quick Settings to default to fix this by using the same BAT file in the tutorial below.

Thats reset it to show the edit button

thanks, i'll play about with it from here
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    MSI GV72 8RD
    CPU
    i7-8750H
    Motherboard
    MSI MS-179F
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Hard Drives
    1GB WD Nand SSD
    1GB WD10SPZX-17Z10T0

Brink

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Local time
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My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self build
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 980 PRO M.2,
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gbps Download and 35 Mbps Upload
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Motorola MB8611 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Spectre x360 2in1
    CPU
    i7-1065G7 3.9 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR4-3200
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel Iris Plus
    Sound Card
    Intel SST
    Monitor(s) Displays
    13.3" 4K UWVA AMOLED multitouch
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
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