How to Change Volume on a Per-App Basis in Windows 10
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Whether you’re a casual home user or an enthusiastic media fiend, you might find that volume control can be a bit tricky on your computer. One app might be too loud while another might be too quite, and normalizing isn’t always the easiest thing.

Most people aren’t aware that the operating system offers a way to change volume on a per-app basis. In fact, if you’re on Windows 10, there are two methods you can use — and both are incredibly simple.


The first method involves no third-party apps. Just right-click on the volume icon in the system tray at the bottom right corner of your screen, then select Open Volume Mixer. A window pops up with separate volume controls for each app that’s capable of producing sound.


The second method involves a third-party app called Ear Trumpet. Simply download it, install it, and run it. Afterwards, you’ll see an Ear Trumpet icon in the system tray at the bottom right corner of your screen. Click on it and you’ll see separate volume controls for all active apps.

I prefer this second method because it looks nicer and it’s easier to invoke.

It’s the little things about Windows 10 that improve the user experience, such as these lesser-known Task Manager tricks. Still wondering if you should make the upgrade? These are just a few of the many compelling reasons to get Windows 10.

Got any other Windows 10 tricks that you think we should know about? Share your knowledge with us down in the comments!

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  1. Caroline C
    November 25, 2016 at 4:55 am

    I got a call after 10:30pm last night. Woman had an Indian accent, said she was with the technical dept with Windows. Told her it was too late for me to be concerned with this, argued with her as she said it was very important, hung up on her. Caller id shows 980-949-6535, Gaines, Nyasia. She had my name, which ticked me off even more.

  2. Anonymous
    April 25, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    This also works in Vista, 7, 8, and 8.1, FYI.

    • Joel Lee
      April 29, 2016 at 8:19 pm

      Thanks Howard. Guess I should've mentioned that. :)