Content of the material
- Windows Volume Control
- Hardware Volume Controls
- Alternate Solution: Adjust Volume Output via the Windows Volume Mixer
- External Sound Boosters in Windows 10/11
- Solution 3: Enable the Loudness Equalization
- Solution 5: Run Playing Audio Troubleshooter
- Frequently Asked Questions
- 1. Does Windows 11/10 come with an equalizer?
- 2. How do I increase System Volume in Windows 11/10?
- 3. Can I control the volume on Windows using my keyboard?
Windows Volume Control
The first and most obvious place to check your sound volume is finding out what the overall audio volume that Windows itself is using. If the Windows sound level is set to low or muted, it doesn’t matter about any other software based sound levels the system may have, Windows has the final say.
The easiest way to check is from the system tray, hover your mouse over the icon that looks like a speaker and it will tell you the current overall level percentage for Windows. If this is low or has a red circle over the icon, the level needs to be increased. Simply left click on the icon and slide the level up to a higher value, or click the muted icon to unmute.
If you can’t find the icon in your tray it can also be accessed via Control Panel > Sound. Double click the audio device you want to hear the sound from (this could be speakers, headphones, TV etc), click the Levels tab and adjust the horizontal slider.
Make sure the audio device you are using is set as the “Default Device”, if it isn’t, right click and choose “set as Default Device” or you will hear no sound at all even though the volume is up and not muted.
Hardware Volume Controls
Although this seems to be less common nowadays, many laptops and some netbooks actually have a volume control slider, or more likely a rotary volume control on the side or front of the laptop. This is a hardware control and behaves the same way as an inline volume control on a set of headphones and is completely separate from any operating system volume controls or levels.
The control is usually on the side or front of the laptop, often near the line out, mic and headphone connection sockets. Note these controls are separate to the media controls on some laptops that are between the keyboard and the screen, those do actually alter the master volume level in Windows. The easy way to find out is change the level on your media keys and watch the sliders in the Sound Mixer window.
Alternate Solution: Adjust Volume Output via the Windows Volume Mixer
If you’re unable to adjust the volume in the Zoom meeting client, then you can always use the Windows volume mixer instead.
Sorry Apple users, I don’t have an iMac to demonstrate the same process for but it should be very similar!
- Right click the speaker icon at the bottom right of your computer’s task bar and select
Open Volume Mixer
- Find Zoom in the
Volume Mixerand use the slider to lower the volumeNote: Sometimes 2 Zoom options appear in the volume mixer. Try to turn down (or up) the one with a “bobbing” green bar.
External Sound Boosters in Windows 10/11
It can be annoying when the sound is too quiet but your volume is maxed out. The cause can be many things, from automatic voice call features to individual app volume sliders being low. Sometimes, however, things are just too quiet in general, at which point you can use sound boosters within either Windows 11/10 or the software itself to get those extra few decibels. We have covered two such examples below.
- Verify that the volume settings in the application you’re using are also set to maximum volume. This can help increase volume further when your device settings are already maxed out. For example, if watching YouTube videos, verify that the volume slider button is set to the highest setting.
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- Consider using external speakers or a wireless Bluetooth speaker to maximize volume output even more. When connected to your computer or device, speakers help increase and maximize volume.
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Solution 3: Enable the Loudness Equalization
Enable the loudness equalization can help to solve Windows 11/10 volume too low problem. It will customize the sound volume and make the music or video heard easily, meanwhile, making the loud less deafening. And you can follow the next steps to enable the loudness equalization.
1. Click the sound icon and set the volume to the maximum. This will make the computer sound function keeps opening.
2. Right-click the sound icon in the taskbar and choose Playback Devices.
3. Choose the default playback device, and then click Properties.
4. Goes to the Enhancements, and put a tick in the box next to Loudness Equalization.
Save all changes and test the sound to see if the music, video or online video sound is still low.
Solution 5: Run Playing Audio Troubleshooter
As Microsoft built-in tool, playing audio troubleshooter can detect why computer volume is low and then fix it automatically.
1. Type settings in the search box to open Windows settings.
2. Click Update & Security.
3. In troubleshoot tab, find the Playing audio option, and click Run the troubleshooter.
4. In the devices window, choose the low volume device and click Next.
5. After that, Microsoft will start detecting the problem and fix it automatically.
6. In the end, it may remind you to open the audio enhancements to set something. You can disable all enhancements to improve sound quality.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Does Windows 11/10 come with an equalizer?
At the moment, Windows 11/10 does not have its own built-in equalizer. This is why you should use an external equalizer software such as Equalizer APO or FxSound Enhancer.
2. How do I increase System Volume in Windows 11/10?
To increase the system (or device) volume in Windows 11, you need to use the “Enhancements” option from “Control Panel Sounds.” Windows 10 has additional options for “Loudness Equalization.”
3. Can I control the volume on Windows using my keyboard?
The computer keyboard is an easily accessible device to manipulate the volume of Windows 11/10 systems. Use the Fn + F8 keys to increase the volume and Fn + F7 to lower it. To mute/unmute the keyboard, use Fn + F6. As you press the keys, you will see the volume change on your screen.
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