Simple Tips: Windows 7 Volume Mixer Enables Quick Access to Sound Settings

By Lowell Heddings on October 21st, 2009

Windows 7 does more than just add big, shiny new features—it also has loads of little tiny tweaks that just add a really nice touch to the overall usability of the operating system. Let’s take a quick look at one of those tweaks in the volume mixer.

We should start off by pointing out that you can right-click the sound icon in the tray, and get a quick menu that gives you access to Sounds, Mixer, etc.

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If you single-click on the volume icon, it’ll pop up the slider that we’re all familiar with—but you can also click the Speaker icon to open up the Speaker Properties dialog.

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Not surprisingly, you can change your speaker settings in here.

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If you open up the full mixer panel, you can also click on the System Sounds icon…

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Which, naturally, pops up the Sounds panel where you can disable particular sounds, or all of them.

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It’s nothing revolutionary, but Windows 7 is full of these little tiny tweaks that just make things easier to use.

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 10/21/09
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