Windows 10 lets you control the volume of multiple connected devices as well as software. But when audio is being played through multiple sources, things can get dizzyingly noisy. It is better to mute the sound from the apps you don’t want and keep, allowing only the software you want to get audio from.
Windows 10 makes it easy to do so in a number of ways. Here are a few ways you can natively mute an application on Windows 10, and then some.
Method #1: From System Tray
To mute an application from the System Tray, follow these steps:
Right-click on the volume icon in the system tray at the bottom right corner of your screen.
Here, slide the bar to change an application’s volume. To mute it, click on the volume icon at the bottom of the slider.
Method #2: From Sound Settings
The same can also be accessed from Windows Settings. If for some reason you’re not able to access the volume-icon from the System Tray, then this is the way to go.
Press Win+I to open up Settings. Click on System.
Click on Sound in the left panel and then scroll down and find App volume and device preferences on the right.
Here, all the applications that are playing volume will be displayed. Slide the application’s bar down to 0 to mute it.
If an application is not displayed in the list, first open and play audio media on it. It will now become visible in the list.
Once you set the volume, it will be remembered by Windows and will remain at this level the next time you open the application. If you want to revert the changes, you have to revisit Sound Settings or change it from the System tray.
Method #3: Mute/Unmute Browser Tabs
The above methods may not be enough in some situations. For instance, if you don’t want to completely disable the audio from your browser and just want to mute specific tabs, then you have to do so from your browser itself.
On most browsers, you can simply right-click the tab and select Mute site or Mute tab, depending on your browser.
Method #4: Use Third-party Volume Control Softwear
There are a few external applications out there that can further simplify muting/unmuting applications. Here’s a look at a couple of them.
Option 4.1: EarTrumpet
As a Windows 10 utility, EarTrumpet is functionally similar to the native volume control options but has a compact and movable interface. It is available from Microsoft Store.
Upon first launching EarTrumpet, a new volume icon will become available in the system tray.
Simply click on it to open up volume control for all other applications. Here, slide the bars to control the volume or mute them altogether.
If you right-click Ear Trumpet’s volume icon and select Volume mixer, you’ll get the same window, but one that floats.
Option 4.2: NirSoft
NirSoft’s SoundVolumeView is a program built to help you control the volume of all your open applications (as well as system sounds) from a single window. It also lets you create shortcuts for different volume control actions so you can quickly take specific actions from the desktop itself.
The program doesn’t require any installation. Simply unzip the file and double-click on SoundVolumeView.exe to open the program. Right-click an application to get its volume control options. Click on Mute to mute it, or choose amongst a variety of other control options.
NirSoft’s SoundVolumeView also lets you set sound profiles. This configuration and saving volume levels of applications for different scenarios can come in quite handy. For instance, you can create gaming, work, and movie profiles, or a profile for some other purpose.
To do so, set the volume for the different applications, select File and click on Save Sound Profile.
Though Windows legacy sound control options are few, they do let you mute/unmute applications volume with ease. But if you’re looking for more than just the volume adjustment options, you have to resort to an external application.
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