Does the sound from your Windows 11 PC’s speakers or headphones get too loud or too quiet? It is easy to adjust your volume using several different techniques. Here’s how you do it.
Change system volume with quick settings
The fastest way to adjust the volume in Windows 11 is to use the Quick Settings menu. To do so, click the Quick Settings button on the taskbar (a hidden button located at the top of the Wi-Fi, Speaker, and / or Battery icons) in the far right corner.
When the Quick Settings menu appears, find the volume (with a speaker icon next to it). Tap or click the circle on the slider and drag it right or left to increase or decrease the system volume from 0 to 100. As you move the slider, notice that the speaker icon changes from more to fewer wave lines (or vice versa).
You can also quickly turn off your Windows 11 audio output completely by clicking the speaker icon next to the volume slider. When turned off, the speaker icon will have a small “X” next to it. Click the icon again to mute the sound.
Once you have the volume you like, close Quick Settings by clicking outside the menu. Anytime you need to quickly adjust the volume again, just open the Quick Settings menu again.
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Change system volume in Windows settings
You can also change your PC’s volume settings in Windows (by pressing Windows + i) and navigate to System> Sound. Alternatively, you can right-click on the speaker icon in the taskbar and select “Audio Settings”.
In System> Sound, find the “Output” section and select the device for which you want to change the sound level by clicking on the circle next to it. Then adjust the “Volume” slider up or down to make the sound louder or quieter.
(As with the Quick Settings menu, Windows allows you to click on the speaker icon itself to turn off the system volume completely.)
You can repeat these steps with any output device recognized by Settings. However, you only hear audio output through the device selected in the “Output” list. When done, close the Settings app.
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Change system volume using hardware buttons
Many Windows tablets (such as the Surface bar) contain physical hardware up and down buttons somewhere on the device – usually on one side edge. Sometimes it’s just a single button that rocks back and forth to adjust the volume up or down. To adjust the volume using them, press the volume buttons up or down until you reach the desired volume.
As you adjust, you will see a small pop-up screen in the upper left corner of the screen showing the current system volume.
Some keyboards also include volume up, volume down and silent keys or buttons – and some even sport volume buttons. The volume changes you make with these buttons, keys, or buttons are reflected in Quick Settings and the Settings app, just as if you had used the “Volume” sliders in Windows 11. Good listening!
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