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computer speakersHave you ever pulled out your laptop in public How To Combat WiFi Security Risks When Connecting To A Public Network How To Combat WiFi Security Risks When Connecting To A Public Network As many people now know, connecting to a public, unsecured wireless network can have serious risks. It’s known that doing this can provide an opening for all manner of data theft, particularly passwords and private... Read More and had to fumble for the mute button as its speakers blasted loud sounds? Or have you used your computer late at night and accidentally woke people up when a video appeared on a webpage? Unfortunately, our computers can’t read minds (yet) and don’t know when we want them silent and when we want them loud. There are some settings you can tweak – and a useful application you can install – that will hold you over until our computers become mind readers What Computer Technology & The Internet Will Look Like In 20 Years [Opinion] What Computer Technology & The Internet Will Look Like In 20 Years [Opinion] Ever since the Internet took off in the 1990's, technological developments have moved with dizzying speed. Over the next two decades, technology is set to expand even more, into areas which are either exciting, scary... Read More .

On most laptops, you can also quickly press the mute key on your keyboard to quiet down your computer. You’ll probably need to hold the Fn (function) key while pressing it.

Windows Startup & System Sounds

The Windows startup sound is a classic sound that will occasionally play accidentally in public. If you have the startup sound set to play and you need to boot your laptop, there’s no getting around it — that sound is going to play unless you muted your laptop before shutting it down. People often laugh a bit if they hear this sound in public – it’s a sign that someone forgot to mute their laptop 5 Ways To Utterly Destroy Your Laptop, Slowly But Surely 5 Ways To Utterly Destroy Your Laptop, Slowly But Surely A laptop is one of the most fragile consumer electronics devices you will buy. It’s a complex system packed with fast hardware, yet it also finds itself in constant use, which often mean constant danger.... Read More ’s speakers before powering it on.

You can disable this sound (and other Windows notification sounds) from the Sounds control panel – right-click the speaker icon in your system tray and select Sounds to open it. From here, you can control whether the Windows Startup sound plays. If you also want to disable other Windows system sounds, click the Sound Scheme box and select No Sounds. If you’d rather disable specific sounds, you can do that from the list.

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Web Page Sounds

The browser is another classic cause of surprise sounds. Browsers don’t have mute buttons, and navigating to a page with a video that automatically plays can result in your computer’s speakers suddenly blasting sound – which could be particularly embarrassing, depending on the video. Browsers don’t come with mute buttons How To Mute Sound On Webpages With Embedded Audio Or Flash How To Mute Sound On Webpages With Embedded Audio Or Flash It happens to all of us. We love using browser tabs to open more and more links in the background and then go through them one by one. However it is really irritating when some... Read More , but you can adjust their volume settings with the Windows volume mixer – right-click the speaker icon in your system tray and select Open Volume Mixer to open it.

Unfortunately, Windows doesn’t remember the volume levels you set here – the next time you close and reopen your browser, it will use the default volume setting. However, if you leave your browser running and want to ensure that a video on a web page doesn’t start blaring out of your speakers, you can mute or reduce your browser’s volume level from here.

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Volume Concierge

Softorino’s Volume Concierge allows you to define rules that control your computer’s volume levels on a schedule Run Programs Automatically Using Windows Task Scheduler Run Programs Automatically Using Windows Task Scheduler Read More . For example, you can automatically turn down the volume late at night, or mute your laptop during the hours when you generally use it in public 4 Key Security Setups To Safely Connect To Public Wireless Networks 4 Key Security Setups To Safely Connect To Public Wireless Networks Many people believe that visiting obscure websites or downloading files from illegal sources is the only real security risk when going online. While such behavior certainly increases your risk of catching a malware infection, it's... Read More . Volume Concierge is free, but you’ll have to provide an email address to use it.

To use it, click the Add New Volume Rule button and slide the new rule’s switch to On. Specify whether the rule should work every day, on work days, or on weekends. Finally, set a time and a desired volume level. At your specified time, Volume Concierge will automatically adjust your computer’s volume level to the level you chose.

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How do you prevent your laptop’s speakers from blasting sound in public or late at night? Leave a comment and share your tips and tricks!

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    February 1, 2015 at 3:28 pm

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  2. Douglas Mutay
    October 16, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Wow! thanks for this article. I have recently found myself very embarrased. I have lunched a webpage and went to make a cofee. This page had a video that started to play once the page was loaded...i won't tell you what it was...
    So thanks a million!!!

  3. Anthony Baptiste
    October 10, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    I normally just keep my machine muted but I'll give Volume Concierge a try. Thanks

  4. HLJonnalagadda
    September 23, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Was using auto-mute, Volume concierge looks like a cool utility. Thanks!

    • Chris Hoffman
      September 29, 2012 at 12:11 pm

      Wow, everyone knows about Auto Mute but me!

  5. Keith Swartz
    September 21, 2012 at 6:19 am

    Very nice article. Obvious things [or they should be] pointed out that tend to slip the memory! Thanks!

  6. Keith Swartz
    September 21, 2012 at 6:19 am

    Very nice article. Obvious things [or they should be] pointed out that tend to slip the memory! Thanks!

  7. Nikhil Tom
    September 21, 2012 at 3:43 am

    Plugging an earphone all the time will also do

    • Chris Hoffman
      September 29, 2012 at 12:11 pm

      Yup, good point -- if you realize you forgot to mute your laptop, you can always plug headphones in before turning it on.

  8. GrrGrrr
    September 20, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    I have come across such situations due to browser (unwanted) videos. thereafter,i always keep the volume to mute.

  9. Jimmy
    September 20, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    I use Auto-Mute, (auto-mute.com). It always does the job. Doesn't take up too much space either.

    • Chris Hoffman
      September 29, 2012 at 12:11 pm

      Wow, never heard of it but it looks pretty useful. Thanks!

  10. Ahmed Khalil
    September 20, 2012 at 6:13 am

    very nice tip, it is new for me but it is very important, thanks for the post

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