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Windows 10 Sound Settings Tutorial | Windows 10 Tutorials 16

Welcome to Windows 10 Tutorials for beginners and today, you are going to learn how to use Windows 10 Sound settings effectively. Sound of computer is very important and you can control it from the sound settings of windows settings. For working of Windows 10 speakers, it needs Soundcard and sound driver installed in your computer. You will Sound driver from the Windows 10 Updates.

Here, you can learn how to choose your output audio device, Audio device properties, How to adjust volume, Input sound device (Microphone) & its properties and Other App volume and device preferences. Let us learn Windows 10 audio settings one by one.

What is Windows 10 Sound Settings?

It is main sound control station of Windows 10 OS, which helps to select output and input devices, controlling of sound devices and its properties. It have another ability to control the Windows apps volume individually as per requirements too.  Windows Sound contains System sounds, apps sounds and main master volume. The master volume controls the all Windows 10 sounds output and input devices. But to adjust system sounds and apps sounds, you have do it separately.

For getting Windows sound, your computers should needed Windows soundcard and audio driver. The combination of these two items helps to give output as sound. You get it from Windows store or will get automatically while updating your Windows 10.

How to Decrease or Increase Volume Windows 10 | Windows 10 Sound Settings Tutorial 1

For increasing or decreasing the volume Windows 10 is very simple to do it. It can directly access it from right corner side of windows taskbar. Click on the sound icon and decrease or increase volume by using your mouse or left/right arrow buttons in your keyboard.



via Settings app

You can go to Windows 10 Startmenu and click on the “Settings app”.


From the appearing dialogue box, click on the “System tab”. Then, you can see the Windows 10 system settings.


Click on the “Sound settings” from the sidebar and you will see the windows 10 audio settings here.


You can see the sound control like as seen earlier from the taskbar.


Via Taskbar


You can go to the Windows 10 taskbar and right click on the sound icon on it to see the sound menu.

From that, select the “Open Sound Settings” and you will directly access to the Windows 10 audio settings interface.

How to Choose Output Audio Device | Windows 10 Sound Settings Tutorial 2

This is feature helps to choose output audio devices as Windows speakers or S/PDIF (Sony/Philips Digital Interface). S/PDIF helps to connect with various consumer audio output devices like 5.1 surround speaker system.

First, connect your consumer audio output to S/PDIF audio port.


By default, Windows 10 speakers selected here. Click on the down arrow to select required audio device.


How to Connect Microphone to Windows 10 | Windows 10 Sound Settings Tutorial 3

Microphone is an input device which helps to record sound using it. Here, you will learn to connect microphone to your computer.

First, connect mic or microphone to audio port.


Then, go to Input section in Windows sound settings and choose the input device.


Test your Microphone

You can test microphone by making sound on it. You will see the sound level meter blinking on it.

Note: if you experience any problems, click on “Troubleshoot” button and give solution for it.

How to Adjust System Sound and App Sound | Windows 10 Sound Settings Tutorial 4

Using Windows Sound Settings Tab

In the “Sound Settings tab”, click on the “App volume and device preferences” under the Other Sound Options.


Now, you can see the “App volume and device preferences” dialogue box.


Here, you see the master volume, system sound and app sound.

For changing the system sound, increase or decrease the system sound meter using mouse or your right/left arrow in keyboard.

You have do the same thing on adjusting app sound too. The apps sound is only applicable when an app is opened condition.

Using Windows Taskbar


Go to Windows 10 taskbar and use right mouse button to open the sound menu from sound icon. And click on the “open sound mixer” to access the sound mixer. Here you can change the system sound and required app sound too.


Windows 10 Speaker Properties | Windows 10 Sound Settings Tutorial 5

How to access Speaker Properties


To access the speaker properties, you have to go to the sound settings and click on the “Device Properties”. It will open the “Speaker properties” dialogue box.


Here you can see 5 sub tabs for the speaker properties dialogue box.



It contains the speakers icon, controller information & their properties, jack information and enable or disable device option. Here, you can change the speakers displayed icon by using the change icon option also.

For disabling the currently used speaker, just select “don’t use the device (disable)” by clicking on the down arrow.



It is audio level of the speaker system and increase by dragging the button right or to left for decrease.

Click on the “Balance” option to control the left side and right side speakers sound separately.



You have certain enhancements or audio effects improving features available in here. You can use it any of these to apply to your speakers system. The enhancement provided are bass boost, Virtual surround, room correction and loudness equalization. You can enable it by giving tick on their side box.

If you messed up with any settings, don’t worry about it. And click on “Restore Defaults” button to reset to default windows settings.



Here, you can select the sample rate and bit depth while running in the shared mode. Select quality of audio format and use the “Test” button to test it with your speaker system.

Spatial Sound


This is new feature which helps to select the Spatial sound format such as Windows sonic for headphones and Dolby Atoms for headphones. You can also turn on 7.1 virtual surround sound option to enhance the audio while using it with headphones. For setting up the Dolby Atmos option, you need solid internet connection.

Windows 10 Sound Control Panel | Windows 10 Sound Settings Tutorial

Sound control panel is another important part of Windows audio settings which controls the playback, recording, System Sound scheme and Communications. Sound scheme is depends on your windows theme and which enables new system and apps sound schemes. Communication tab helps to minimize the system sound while making phone calls or receiving it via your PC.


How to Access Sound Control Panel

Using Windows taskbar


Use the right mouse button on sound icon in the Windows taskbar. From the appearing menu, select “Sound” option and you can see the sound control panel.

Using Windows 10 Sound Settings


Click on the “Sound control panel” in the sound setting UI.

How to Configure Playback Speaker in Windows 10

From the Sound control panel, click on the “playback tab”.


You can see list of enabled audio devices in it. The audio device with side meter indicates its default device and sound meter will vary while playing any music.

Then, click on the “configure” option.

You can see the Speaker setup dialogue box. Here you can select the Audio channels as “stereo”. You can run a test to check on your current speaker system, by clicking on the “Test” button.


Click on “Next” move to the “Select full range speakers” box. Select the required speaker and sound of each speaker can test by clicking on the speaker icon.


Again click “Next” to “Finish” to complete speaker configuration.


How to Configure a Microphone for Sound Recording in Windows 10

In the sound control panel, click on the “Recording tab” to see the enabled microphone list.


Click on the “Configure” button and it direct to “Speech Recognition” dialogue box in Windows 10 control panel.


Select “Setup Microphone” option and direct to Microphone setup wizard.


You can see 3 microphone options; Headset microphone, Desktop microphone and other microphones. Here,  I am using the Philips headset microphone and select it and click on “Next”.


It direct to page with proper placement and set up your headset microphone. Click “Next” button.


Next page you can see sentence which is shown in the above image. Just read it slowly. Make sure your voice level should reach the green colored indication for getting proper microphone sound setup.

After reading it, click on “Next” button.


If you read it by the above requirements the configuring of microphone is finished. Click on “Finish” button.

Otherwise, it will show that your microphone is Muted. Please check your microphone sound.

I hope you could understand how to use Windows 10 sound settings for adjusting sound, connecting S/PDIF and microphone, configure speakers system and microphone.

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