8 ways to turn the Windows volume up or down
Are you looking for a keyboard shortcut to change the sound volume on your Windows laptop, desktop computer, or tablet? Do you want to know all about how you can change the volume, including by using the Volume Mixer and other features that are built into Windows? Here are all the methods for adjusting the volume on Windows computers and devices:
NOTE: This guide covers Windows 10, Windows 7, and Windows 8.1. For each method, we mention the version of Windows in which it works. If you do not know what version of Windows you use, read: What version of Windows do I have installed? (5 methods)
1. Control the volume using the keyboard on your PC or laptop (all Windows versions)
Windows laptops tend to have multimedia keys that can be used to control the volume. However, to use them, you have to press and hold the Fn key on the keyboard and then the key for the action that you want to be performed. On the laptop keyboard below, to turn the volume up, you have to press the Fn + F8 keys simultaneously. To lower the volume, you have to press the Fn + F7 keys simultaneously.
NOTE: The combination of keys that you have to press to control the volume differs from laptop to laptop, so take a careful look at your keyboard and read the user manual for your Windows laptop.
Desktop keyboards may use a similar combination of keys, or they may have dedicated multimedia keys, like the keyboard below: HyperX Alloy Elite RGB. This keyboard and others like it have a volume wheel. Rotate it up or down, depending on how you want to adjust the volume.
Other desktop keyboards may have separate multimedia keys to increase or lower the volume, like the one below.
The keyboard shortcuts to turn the volume up or down vary from keyboard to keyboard. Get familiar with yours, and see which keys you can press for controlling the sound volume.
2. Turn the volume up or down with the Speakers icon from the notification area (all Windows versions)
If you use Windows 10, click or tap the Speakers icon in the notification area, and a volume slider is shown. Move the slider to the left to lower the volume, and move it to the right, to increase the volume.
If you use Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, click the Speakers icon in the bottom-right corner of the desktop, and a volume slider is shown. To turn the volume up, move the slider up. To lower the volume, move the slider down.
Using this method, you adjust the audio volume in two clicks.
3. Use the volume control on your speakers (all Windows versions)
If you have a desktop computer with a pair of stereo speakers connected to it, use the volume control on your speakers to adjust the volume.
If you have a Windows laptop or tablet to which you have connected a Bluetooth speaker like Sony SRS-X11, use the volume keys on it to control the sound volume.
This method is one of the fastest to change the volume.
4. Control the sound volume in Windows, using the Volume Mixer (all Windows versions)
The Volume Mixer in Windows allows users to change the audio volume for the entire system or individual apps only. To access it, open the Control Panel, and go to Hardware and Sound. In the Sound section, click or tap the link that says "Adjust system volume."
In the Volume Mixer window, set the desired sound level for the speakers, system sounds, or for the Windows apps that you have open.
Close the Volume Mixer and the Control Panel when you are done.
5. Create or download a Volume shortcut (all Windows versions)
You can create a Volume shortcut on your desktop, and use it to change the sound volume any time you wish. You can also create a shortcut for the Volume Mixer.
For more details about creating such shortcuts or downloading those that we have created for you, read: Do you need a volume shortcut in Windows? We have two shortcuts for you!
6. Adjust the volume from the Settings app (Windows 10 only)
If you use Windows 10, open the Settings app, and go to Ease of Access.
In the column on the left, go to Audio, and then on the right, see the section that says: "Make your device easier to hear." There, move the "Change device volume" slider left or right, depending on whether you want the volume down or up.
When done, close the Settings app, and the volume is set to the desired level.
7. Use the volume buttons on your tablet (Windows 10 only)
If you have a tablet with Windows 10, like the Surface Pro, then you find physical buttons for changing the volume on one of the sides of the device. Use the available buttons to change the sound volume to the level you desire.
8. Use the volume slider in the Settings charm (Windows 8.1 only)
This method is just for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Open the charms (Windows + C) and click or tap Settings. On the bottom of the Settings charm, you see several icons, including the Speakers. Click or tap on it.
The Speakers slider is shown. Use it to set the system volume by moving it upwards or downwards.
This slider changes the volume for the operating system and all running apps.
Which method do you prefer?
Try all the methods that we shared in this guide, and choose the one that works best for you. Before closing this tutorial, comment below and tell us which way you prefer. Do you like changing the volume using the keyboard? Or do you prefer the Speakers icon or the Volume Mixer?