Software recommendations: fast and effective management system volume

Different multimedia files or multimedia websites, often their volume settings are not consistent, when we switch between these files or websites, there will be problems with the volume going up and down, each time you have to readjust some, it is very troublesome. In addition to the volume there are many audio-related options that need to be adjusted and configured. This process can be made easy and convenient with some widgets.

Taskbar tray showing volume percentage

Usually we see a speaker-like icon inside the system tray of Microsoft operating systems, through which the volume can be adjusted in size. But often to know the current volume level, you must also use the mouse to click on the icon to display after. So is there a more convenient way to display the volume percentage directly in the system tray?

Here we can download and use VolPI, a small tool (https://github.com/raymelon/VolPI), after running it will show the current system volume percentage in the system tray (Figure 1).

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If you click the left mouse button on this icon, it will bring up the volume slider similar to the one in Win7. And if you right click on this icon, you will see a lot of options menu about audio settings. So after using this widget, you can replace the volume icon on your system to operate it.

Turn on the system’s virtual surround sound feature

Microsoft’s Windows 10 system has released a feature called “Windows Sonic Sound” after updating to the latest version. This feature can simulate a variety of different surround audio effects. However, this feature is not enabled by default, so many users are unaware of the existence of this feature. This is a great way to get the most out of your Windows system.

We first find the volume icon in the system tray, right-click on the icon and select the “Sound” command in the menu. In the pop-up dialog box, select the “Playback” tab, then select the current computer is using the playback device in the list, for example, we choose here is the most common “speakers”. Next, click the “Properties” button below, in the Properties dialog box that pops up, you can see a tab called “Space Sound”. After clicking it, check the “Windows Sonic for Headphones” option in the list, and then automatically check the “Turn on 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound” box below, and finally click the “OK” button. “button to activate this option (Figure 2).

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How to adjust the volume level of each program

Usually the volume level of each software we use inside the system is synchronized with the volume level of the system itself. This way, if you open different software, the sounds made by the software will interfere with each other. In order to avoid being disturbed by these sounds when watching movies, how can you control the volume level for different software programs?

First, we download “AppAudioConfig” from the Internet (https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/app_audio_config.html), a small tool that will automatically read all the system’s software programs in the system. Then they will be displayed one by one in the window list of the tool, and you can see the name of each program’s playback device, activation status, volume level, volume level of the left and right channels, etc. (Figure 3).

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For example, if we want to modify the volume level of a software program, first select it in the list and click the right mouse button, then click the “Mute selected items” command in the menu to complete the mute settings for this software program. If you select the “Set program volume” option, then in the pop-up dialog box, select the “Set program volume” option, and enter the corresponding volume percentage in the list behind it (Figure 4).

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If you want to set different volume levels for the left and right channels, then check the “Set Program Audio Balance” option below, and then set different settings for the left and right channels. After the settings are completed, click the “Save Selected Items” command to save the settings you just made.

Different programs set different output devices

Usually we use the computer’s speakers to play audio information, but occasionally we also use other devices such as headphones to play. But no matter which way the user chooses, it is always a global switch to a device for playback. So if you want a certain program to play on a certain audio output device, it will be very troublesome to operate. So is there a simpler and more practical solution?

Now download and run “Audio Router”, a small tool (https://github.com/audiorouterdev/audio-router), and when the tool is running, it will show all the currently running software programs that can make sound in the list The list will show all currently running software programs that can produce sound. Click on the inverted triangle button below the software that needs to be set up as an audio device, and select the “Route” command in the pop-up menu. Then, in the pop-up list, you can set the desired audio device (Figure 5).

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This allows different users to perform different audio operations on the same computer system. For example, one person can listen to music and another can play a game.

Boot automatically stays at a specific volume

As we have already mentioned, the audio volume in different programs or web pages is different, and we will adjust the volume of the system as needed. However, if it is not adjusted back to its original position after the adjustment, the sound of booting the system the next day may be very loud, which may cause some embarrassing situation. So how can you make sure that your computer uses the set volume level when you turn it on?

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First, download and run the tool “Start Volume” (https://pan.baidu.com/s/1mhOXVcs), then set the percentage of the boot volume in the pop-up interface, then click the “Set Now” button in the bottom right corner to confirm. Set Now” button in the bottom right corner to confirm, and finally click the OK button to hide the window of this tool (Figure 6). Since this tool only works when it is randomly started, we first open the Explorer window of the system. Next, type the command “%programdata%MicrosoftWindowsStart MenuProgramsStartup” in the window and enter, then copy and paste the shortcut of the tool into the startup folder, so that it can automatically complete the relevant operations when the system is running. The shortcut to the tool can be copied and pasted into the startup folder, so that it can automatically complete the relevant operations when the system is running.

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