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Windows 11 is getting a new Volume Mixer that exposes audio apps

Microsoft is working on a new Volume flyout for Windows 11 that allows directly adjusting the sound volume level for each of the apps individually. It reminds of the popular EarTrumpet app, but is integrated in the Quick Access feature. It is a work in progress, so doesn't appear by default. But you can enable it easily.

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As you already know, Windows 11 already allows you changing the sound output level per app. But for that you have to dive into the Settings app. As of this writing, the default sound mixer doesn't include anything like that.

It is just not convenient. The logical step from Microsoft is to bring such options closer to users' fingertips. So, soon you will be able to change the sliders without opening Settings. By clicking the speaker icon in the system tray or by pressing Win + A you will access the advanced options right away.

New Volume Mixer in Windows 11

Besides the individual volume sliders, the new UI includes extra options to change the active output device, enable Spatial Audio, and change other device-specific options. The change is available starting in Windows 11 Build 25281.

You can enable the new Volume Mixer UI with ViveTool. However, keep in mind that enabling hidden pre-release features is not always a good idea. This can affect stability of the OS in a negative way. You have been warned. Also, we always provide an undo command to rollback the changes.

Enable the New Volume Mixer in Windows 11

  1. Download the free ViveTool app from GitHub,
  2. Place the app's files to the c:\vivetool folder.
  3. Press Win + X or right-click the Start button and select Terminal(admin).
  4. To enable the new volume mixer, type the following command in Terminal and press Enter: c:\vivetool\vivetool /enable /id:42106010.Enable the New Volume Mixer
  5. Now restart your  Windows 11 PC.

You are done! The feature is now active.

Now, click on the speaker icon.

New Volume Mixer enabled in Windows 11 Build 25281

To access the new options, click on the rightmost button next to the volume slider. Voila, you can adjust the sound volume per app.

Mixer

It is easy to revert the changes by running the undo command. Replace /enable  with /disable and issue it, i.e.

c:\vivetool\vivetool /disable /id:42106010

Don't forget to run it in the Terminal opened as Administrator. You will go back to the previous version of the mixer, which only has a few options without extra sliders:

The default sound mixer

Thanks to Rafael Rivera for sharing their findings.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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