How to Adjust Volume Levels in Windows 8

Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 is a new operating system and you think everything has changed. Well, adjusting volume levels and calling the on-screen Windows 8 Volume UI is as easy as it was with Windows 7. Read below to find out more

If in previous Windows versions most of the users knew exactly where to find the Volume Control icon (located in the System Tray) and where to go if they wanted to adjust settings in a more advanced way, in Windows 8 locating the volume control might be puzzling at first. With the advent Metro interface, users trying to locate these features have been faced with a little bit of a dilemma.

Even so, after a bit of fiddling around with Windows 8, users will be able to change the volume levels quickly. Keep in mind that this also applies to Windows 8.1, so if you’ve updated recently, you can still adjust your volume using this method.

Use Keyboard Buttons

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The most simple way of turning volume up or down is to hit the hardware volume buttons: Volume Up and Volume Down, thus prompting an Volume overlay to appear on the screen. Of course, this options only applies to those who actually have media keys on their laptop or keyboard.

If you own a Windows laptop or an Ultrabook you might find on your keyboard a Mute button. Activating that button will have the same effect described above – the Volume overlay will appear on your screen and you can slide the volume level with your mouse pointer.

Access the Master Volume Control

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However if you don’t  have any of these buttons on your keyboard, you need to access the software-based interface in order to control the volume. To do so, select “Settings” from the Charms bar or use the keyboard shortcut Windows Key + I. A number of different PC settings will appear like Brightness or Notification and in the first row in the middle you can spot the Volume control.

The volume icon is a toggle, so users can tap on it to adjust the level of volume they need or just tap on the speaker icon to mute or unmute the system.

What if you want to play a game and at the same time listen to some music? You’ll have to adjust the volume to the two different apps, but is it possible? The answer is no. Microsoft is so far encouraging apps no to include volume controls, because they want users to be focused on the master volume control which helps simplify the entire volume experience. However some users have complained that some volumes within certain apps are set to the max, but it’s unlikely that Microsoft will reconsider the decision.

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