In Windows 10, many users are getting confused about how to adjust the sound volume on a per-app basis. Due to user interface changes, Microsoft added new, touch-friendly audio volume controls. If you left click the Sound icon in the notification area, it is possible to change only the master volume. Here is how to adjust the sound volume per app in Windows 10.
You have two options for this. The first one is quite simple.
The classic Volume Mixer app
This is the good old Volume Mixer app.
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The volume mixer feature is there since Windows Vista and has always allowed the user to change the volume level for individual apps and devices.
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As of this writing, it is still possible to restore the good old "classic" sound volume control. This was covered in the following article: "How to enable the old Volume control in Windows 10".
The second option is available starting in Windows 10 Build 17093 and above. A new page in the Settings app allows adjusting the sound volume level for every active app. Here is how it can be done.
Adjust App Sound Individually in Windows 10
- Open the Settings app.
- Go to System -> Sound.
- On the right, click on App volume and device preferences under "Other sound options".
- On the next page, adjust the volume level for any of the apps that play sounds.
The new page in Settings also allows changing the sound level for system sounds. It includes controls to mute apps, change the "master" volume level, select output and mute devices, and more.