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Mute speakers + Adjust Volume Mixer sound level in Windows 7

Windows 7 lets you control the volume of your sound speakers not only on a global level, but also at an application level: this means that you can mute certain programs' sound, while keeping another volume level for the rest of the system; likewise, you can mute some programs but not others, or mute all system sounds. In this tutorial, we will also show you how to quickly mute your speakers (useful when, for example, you receive a phone call, or your boss walks in).


Open the sound Volume Mixer

First, let us show you how to open the Volume Mixer from the taskbar (assuming the speaker icon is displayed in the notification area: show or hide the volume icon).

If the Volume Mixer was already opened somewhere in the background, clicking on the speaker icon in the taskbar will bring the Volume Mixer back in front of all other windows.

Adjust volume level for different programs

To change the volume's sound level for everything, use the leftmost slider (generally labeled "Speakers"). Otherwise, use the volume slider to adjust the sound level for individual programs.

The next section explains how to mute and unmute your speakers or select programs in Windows 7.

Quickly mute sounds / speakers

The quickest way to mute the volume (short of physically turning off your speakers' sound), is through the taskbar's volume speaker icon: (see below to turn off the volume through the start menu)

Tip: while this may seem a bit obvious, do check your keyboard for a mute button, or a built-in keyboard shortcut (keystroke combination) to mute or turn back on the sound. Many "multimedia" keyboards, and even simpler ones, often have some sound level controls built-in.

Turn off the volume through the start menu

You can also mute your speakers' volume using Windows 7's full-fledged Volume Mixer:

You now know everything there is to know about muting and un-muting sound volume in Windows 7, adjusting volume level for all the system, or selectively for some applications!

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