How to adjust volume for individual programs in Windows 10

 

With the introduction of Windows 10, Microsoft introduced a new volume control in Windows 10, but the underlying problem it faced was the absence of any option that allowed a user to change volume for apps, individually. If you click on the speaker icon in the taskbar, you will get a control that lets you change only the master volume. In this post we will see, how you can enable the old Volume Mixer and change the sound volume for individual apps in Windows 10.

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Windows 10 Volume Control missing

The Volume Control is actually not missing in Windows 10. You have to right-click on the volume icon to bring up the following menu.

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Adjust volume for individual programs

Click on the Open Volume Mixer link to open the Volume Mixer as follows:

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Here you can adjust volume for individual programs, as well as for the entire device by moving the slider.

Get old Volume Control in Windows 10

There are some who prefer to use the old Windows 7 Volume Mixer and Control. If you wish to have it, you will have to edit the Windows Registry.

Open Registry Editor. and navigate to the following Registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionMTCUVC

Next, in the right pane you will see a 32-bit DWORD value named EnableMtcUvc. In case you do not see it, create it. Its default value is 1. Change it to 0.

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You will see the change taking effect immediately. Now, when you click the speaker icon in the system tray, the old sound volume slider will appear, with the Mixer button in the bottom area.

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Go ahead and adjust the volume for individual apps in Windows 10.

Ear Trumpet for Windows 10

If you want, you can also use a freeware called Ear Trumpet, that offers you a smarter way to control the volume for each individual program.

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You can download it from GitHub.

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