FIX: Taskbar volume icon not working on Windows 10

Ivan Jenic
by Ivan Jenic
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  • Sound quality is very important for all computer users, and particularly for audiophiles who are always seeking to enjoy pure audio with the help of the latest audio enhancers and the best audio software.
  • But sound problems on Windows 10 computers are more common than you might think, ruining users' audio experience.
  • If you can't use the taskbar volume icon to adjust the sound volume on your PC, we compiled this 10 solution list to help you fix the problem.
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Solution 4 – Run Hardware and Devices troubleshooter

Sometimes you can fix this problem simply by running Hardware and Devices troubleshooter. If the volume icon on the taskbar is not working, you might be able to fix it by following these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + I to open the Settings app.
  2. When the Settings app opens, navigate to the Update & security section.
    Windows 10 volume slider not working update & security settings
  3. Select Troubleshoot from the menu on the left. In the right pane, select Hardware and Devices and click the Run the troubleshooter button.
    Volume mixer won't open Windows 10 run Hardware and Devices troubleshooter
  4. The troubleshooter will now start and check for problems.

After the troubleshooter is finished, check if the problem still appears.

If you’re having trouble opening the Setting app, take a look at this article to solve the issue.

If the Troubleshooter stops before completing the process, fix it with the help of this complete guide.

Solution 5 – Reinstall audio drivers

Sometimes the taskbar volume icon isn’t working due to your drivers. Your drivers can become corrupted, and the best way to fix them is to reinstall them. This is rather simple and you can do it by following these steps:

  1. Open Device Manager. You can do that quickly by pressing Windows Key + X and choosing Device Manager from the list.
    Volume icon not working Windows 10 device manager
  2. Find the problematic device and right-click it. Choose Uninstall device from the menu.
    Keyboard volume control not working Windows 10 uninstall audio device
  3. Click on the Uninstall button to remove it.
    Volume Control is not showing in Taskbar uninstall audio device

Users are suggesting to uninstall Speaker Audio device from Audio inputs and outputs section and your audio device from Sound, video and game controllers section. After doing that, you can click on Scan for hardware changes icon or restart your PC to reinstall the drivers.
Volume Control program is not installed scan for hardware changes

Once your drivers are reinstalled, the problems with taskbar volume icon should be completely resolved.

Windows can’t automatically find and download new drivers? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

Solution 6 – Check if your Audio Manager is enabled

Sometimes you might experience problems with audio because your driver software isn’t running. If the taskbar volume icon is not working on your PC, you might want to check if your Audio Manager is enabled.

To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to start Task Manager.
  2. When Task Manager opens, go to the Startup tab. You should now see the list of all startup applications. Look for Audio Manager on the list. If it’s disabled, right click it and choose Enable from the menu.
    Volume Control greyed out Windows 10 enable startup
  3. After enabling your Audio Manager, restart your PC.

Once your PC restarts, check if the issue still appears. Keep in mind that some audio devices don’t require Audio Manager in order to work, so if you can’t find Audio Manager on the list, this solution doesn’t apply to you.

Can’t open Task Manager? Don’t worry, we’ve got the right solution for you.

Solution 7 – End SndVol.exe process

Many users reported that SndVol.exe process can cause this issue to occur. If the volume icon is not working on your PC, you might be able to solve the problem simply by ending SndVol.exe process. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Open Task Manager.
  2. List of all active processes will appear. Locate SndVol.exe or Volume Mixer, right click it and choose End Task.
    Volume Control won't open end task in task manager
  3. Close Task Manager.

After ending the problematic process the issue should be resolved and Volume Control will start working. Keep in mind that this is just a workaround, so you’ll have to repeat it whenever this issue occurs.

Editor’s Note: This article continues on the next page with additional solutions to fix this taskbar volume icon issue. You may also be interested in learning what are the best speakers currently available on the market.

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