Different Ways in Changing Volume on Windows Devices

Owning a computer that runs any of the Windows operating system edition which are available at present (Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1) gives anyone an edge especially in this present digital world that is run mostly by online systems, games, leisure and other entertainment stuff.

No matter to what age bracket you belong or what your outdoor hobbies are, it’s almost always a sure thing that you also have a virtual life which you are maintaining on the Internet and with the onset of some newer devices available in our day like tablets and smartphones that can connect to the online world, it’s really hard to be so focused on the simpler things in life without getting distracted by all the stuff that this invisible yet very addictive realm has to offer.

Aside from maintaining online social media accounts, getting some messages, emails and other communication sent and playing some games, another purpose that we often use our computers for is for watching videos, movies and playing music and other audio-visual files and stuff. When doing any of these things, one very important setting that every user (especially the newbies) is struggling to find on different kinds of Windows device is the volume.

If you’ve been using Windows computers for a long time then finding the volume adjustment knob would be as easy as breeze but as we always do here on WindowsTechies.com, we will be showing all the available ways in increasing or decreasing the volume on different types of Windows devices for the sake of all those novice users out there who are wanting to learn how this very important setting is tweaked so if you’re just starting to learn some video-playing or gaming stuff on your Windows computer and you suddenly noticed that there is no sound coming out of its speakers then you can find some very useful help from this tutorial.

Adjusting Volume on Windows PCs and Laptops

Through the years, there has been different Windows operating system versions that has been released and each of them had different variants but the way in changing volume from its user interface never changed. To do this, simply direct your attention to the system tray (the extreme-right portion of the taskbar) which contains icons showing the status of your network connection, Action Center notifications, battery level/charging indicator (if you are using a laptop), the time and date and any other icon of a program that you allowed to show status icon on this part of the taskbar. From this section, you should also find the “Volume” icon.



Once you see this icon, all you need to do is click on it and you will see the volume adjustment knob which you can drag up to increase or drag down to decrease the volume.



In case you don’t find the Volume icon on the system tray, it might have been moved to the “hidden icons” section. To access these icons, just click on the arrow that points upwards which is located at the extreme-left portion of the system tray.



Changing Sounds for Different System Components and Programs

Now, if you are watching a video and you only want to decrease the volume that a system or program error keeps on showing on the screen then you will need to decrease the volume for your Windows system or that certain program by again clicking on the volume icon as you did earlier and once the volume slider knob appears, you will need to click on the “Mixer” link that is located on its bottom portion.



After clicking on the link, a new box will open which will now contain even more sliding knobs for adjusting the volume of the different system components and programs that are built-in and installed on your computer. From here, simply make adjustments on the volume of the system component or program that you want to lower or raise volume for and just click on the “x” button at the top-right corner of the box to close it once you are done.


Access Volume Adjustment Section from the Control Panel

Another way of making adjustments with the volume and other sounds on your Windows computer is by accessing the “Sounds” section from the Control Panel. To access the Control Panel Window on Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, simply press the Windows + X keys and you will see a menu that will pop-up on the bottom-left portion of the screen. On this menu, just look for the Control Panel link and click on it.



Now, on the Main Control Panel Window, simply navigate to the “Hardware and Sound > Sound > Adjust system volume” location and you will be able to open the same box that appeared after you have clicked on the “Mixer” link from the main volume adjustment knob which we have tried to access earlier in this tutorial.


Look for Volume Up and Down Buttons on Your Computer’s Keyboard

Another way in increasing or decreasing the volume level on your Windows computer is by pressing the corresponding button on the machine itself. There are keyboards that can be used for desktop computers which has these buttons on them as you can see below. In other cases, these functions are embedded on the regular keys that you can find on your computer and in order to use them, you will need to press them simultaneously with the Function (Fn) key.


Press the Volume Button on a Windows Tablet or Smartphone

At present, you will not only find Windows in laptops and PCs but also in tablets and smartphones. In fact, the environment that you can see on these devices are also merged in the new Windows operating system called Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Adjusting volume on these devices is also and is done by pressing the corresponding buttons that is most of the time located on the left and the right edges as you can see on the image below.


Adjust Volume from the Settings Charm Screen

If you are using a Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 computer, there is also another way in adjusting the volume which is done from the environment that represents the tablet world on this new operating system edition. To start, just press the Windows + I keyboard shortcut combination and you should be able to see the Settings Charm that will slide-in from the right edge of the screen.


Now, on this screen, you will need to click on the volume/speaker icon which also shows the current volume level and after you do so, the sliding knob for adjusting the volume will appear. Just click and hold the knob and drag it to your desired volume level and when you’re done, simply release the knob. Doing this will adjust the overall volume of your Windows computer which is the same as what the volume/speaker icon on the system tray does.



That’s it! You now learned the different ways in changing the volume level in different Windows devices so when you watch something on your device or accept a call from someone, just press the buttons that we have shown here and you’ll surely have a clear reception of the person on the other end of the line!