How to Adjust Volume Levels in Windows 10, 8.1 or 7

By: Arici Alexandra
5 minute read

Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, Windows 10 is a new operating system and you think everything has changed. Well, adjusting volume levels and calling the on-screen Windows 8, Windows 10 Volume UI is as easy as it was with Windows 7. Read below to find out more.

If in previous Windows versions most of the users knew exactly where to find the Volume Control icon (located in the System Tray) and where to go if they wanted to adjust settings in a more advanced way, in Windows 8, Windows 10 locating the volume control might be puzzling at first. With the advent Metro interface, users trying to locate these features have been faced with a little bit of a dilemma.

Even so, after a bit of fiddling around with Windows 10, Windows 8, users will be able to change the volume levels quickly. Keep in mind that this also applies to Windows 10, Windows 8.1, so if you’ve updated recently, you can still adjust your volume using this method.

Here’s how to adjust volume levels on your Windows 10, 8.1 and 8

Adjusting the volume on your PC is important, but users reported various issues while trying to adjust volume levels on their PC:

  • Windows 10 Volume Control missing, disappeared – Many users reported that Volume Control option is missing from their PC. This most likely isn’t a serious problem, but it will prevent you from adjusting your sound volume.
  • Adjust volume levels windows 10 greyed out – Several users reported that volume levels are grayed out on their PC. This can be a big problem and prevent you from changing the volume level on your PC.
  • Volume control keys not working – Many users use their keyboard keys to adjust the volume on their PC. However, some users reported that their volume control keys aren’t working properly. This is usually caused by outdated or corrupted driver.
  • Volume control not opening, not showing – This is another common problem that can occur with Volume Control. Users reported that Volume Control won’t show or open on their PC.

Solution 1 – Use Keyboard Buttons

The most simple way of turning volume up or down is to hit the hardware volume buttons: Volume Up and Volume Down, thus prompting an Volume overlay to appear on the screen. Of course, this options only applies to those who actually have media keys on their laptop or keyboard.

Volume control not opening

If you own a Windows laptop or an Ultrabook you might find on your keyboard a Mute button. Activating that button will have the same effect described above – the Volume overlay will appear on your screen and you can slide the volume level with your mouse pointer.

Solution 2 – Use the Volume Control icon

Another way to adjust volume levels on your PC is to use a Volume Control icon. This is probably one of the simplest and fastest ways to adjust the volume. To change the volume using the Volume Control icon, you just need to do the following:

  1. Click the Volume Control icon in the bottom right corner.
    Adjust volume levels windows 10 greyed out
  2. Now you’ll see a new window that allows you to adjust your volume. Simply click the volume bar to set your volume to a desired level. If you want to fine-tune your volume level, you can also use your mouse wheel to gradually adjust the volume.
    Volume control keys not working

As you can see, this is one of the simplest and fastest ways to adjust the volume on your PC. Even though this method is simple, it doesn’t allow you to adjust the volume for individual apps.

Solution 3 – Use Volume Mixer

If you want to adjust volume levels for individual apps, you can do so using the Volume Mixer. This is a great feature because it allows you to adjust the volume for individual apps on your PC.

As a result, you can lower the volume in your favorite game and increase the volume in Skype in order to hear your friends better. Of course, you can adjust the volume on entire PC using the Volume Mixer. To access the Volume Mixer, just do the following:

  1. Right click Volume Control icon in the bottom right and choose Open Volume Mixer from the menu.
    Windows 10 Volume Control disappeared
  2. Now you’ll see the list of open applications along with their sound levels. If needed, you can adjust the sound level for each individual application on your PC. All sound levels are independent so changing the volume in one application won’t affect other apps. If needed, you can also mute a specific application instantly right from the Volume Mixer.
    Windows 10 Volume Control missing

This is the most advanced method that you can use to adjust the volume on your PC. This method might not be as fast as the previous one, but it allows you to change the volume for each app individually, so we definitely recommend you to try it out.

Solution 4 – Use your driver software

Users often use third-party software to adjust the volume on their PC. Many audio drivers and sound cards will install their own volume control software that you can use to adjust your volume.

Third-party software works similarly to the Volume Mixer, so you won’t have any issues adjusting to it. It’s worth mentioning that third-party software also supports various volume enhancements, so you can easily add various effects if you like. In addition, these tools also have built-in equalizers so you can fine-tune your volume.

You can even save various equalizer and sound settings and switch between them with a single click. Third-party solutions are perfect if you’re an advanced user and if you want to fine-tune your sound. However, for most average users Volume Mixer should provide more than enough control over their volume levels.

As you can see, there are many different methods that you can use to adjust the volume levels on your PC. The quickest method is to use dedicated multimedia keys on your keyboard, but not all keyboards support this feature. You can always use Volume Control icon, but if you want to adjust the sound volume for individual apps, we highly recommend to use Volume Mixer.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in July 2013 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.


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