Controlling the volume of each of the applications that we have installed in Windows 10 can be one of the most tedious actions that we can find, especially if we do not have dedicated keys, since we will have to click on the volume icon that is It is located in the notification tray. However, from here we can only increase or decrease the general volume of the system and not of a specific application.
To control the sound volume of each application, Microsoft introduced a tool called a volume mixer in Windows . From this application it is possible to configure the sound of all the elements that appear in it. The problem we can find is that when we open the volume mixer we find that some application from which we need to configure its volume does not appear. Therefore, today we are going to check what we can do if we find that there are applications that do not appear in the volume mixer of Windows 10.
How to access the volume mixer in Windows 10
Opening and accessing the Windows volume mixer is very easy. To do this, we will only have to click with the right mouse button on the speaker icon that we find in the taskbar. Once this is done, a contextual menu appears, where we must select the option “Open volume mixer”.
Then a new window will not appear that will be very familiar to us, with a series of controls to configure the sound of the compatible applications that are open on the computer. The problem that may arise is that they will not always be indicated at this time, and the truth is that this window does not show us any menu options or access some settings.
Update the application that does not appear in the mixer
If we consider that the application we need does not appear in the volume mixer, it may have a problem. Therefore, the best option is to uninstall and reinstall using the latest version available. Once downloaded and installed, we must restart the computer and then return to the volume mixer to make sure that it is already available.
Fix the problem from the Control Panel
In the event that we are still missing an application within the sound mixer, we can try to solve it by accessing the Control Panel. To do this we will write Control Panel in the Windows Start bar and click on it. Once inside, click on the “Hardware and sound” tab. In the new one in the “Sound” option, click on “Manage audio devices” and a new independent window will open.
In this new window we will be shown the different audio devices that our team has. By default, the speakers are marked as the device in charge of playing the audio, so we will click on them with the right mouse button and a context menu will open. From the options in this menu we will click on «Properties».
Now another window will appear with several tabs at the top. From among them we select the one of «Advanced options», where we will have several configuration options. We find the «Default format», from where we can select the sample rate and the depth in bits that we can use when it is executed in shared mode. We also find below the «Exclusive mode» section, in which we will find two settings:
- Allow applications to take exclusive control of this device:
- Give priority to applications in exclusive mode.
In this case, it is important that we mark the first option (Allow applications to take exclusive control of this device) and then click “Apply” and “OK” for the changes to be saved. Once this is done, we must restart Windows and check if once we enter the volume mixer again, all the applications with which we can control the volume individually appear.
Sound card problem
It can also happen that several applications do not appear in the volume mixer when the sound card is the default device, but they do appear when the integrated audio of our system is the default. In this case, it is recommended that you reinstall the updated drivers for your sound card. To do this, we must access the “Device Manager” and right-click on the sound card. Subsequently, we select “Update driver”. If Windows is not able to find the necessary drivers, we must download them from the manufacturer’s website.
Once installed, we must return to the sound options of the Control Panel, click on “Properties” on the sound card that must be marked as default, and in the advanced options tab we must have the box marked “Allow the applications take exclusive control of this device “and” Give priority to applications in exclusive mode “. We apply the changes and restart the computer to see if all the applications appear.
Use a third-party app as an alternative
In the event that the Windows 10 equalizer does not work correctly or we simply do not like it, it is possible to use third-party applications as an alternative, which will help us control all the sound of our operating system.
This application is called Ear Trumpet, an open source tool that is documented on GitHub and that we can download for free from the Microsoft Store.
Once opened, the application will be permanently located in the system notification tray. Clicking on it will show us a mixer that will allow us to control the volume of each application easily. To do this, we would only have to move the control that we want to change with the mouse. If we want to have a single icon in the bar, we only have to drag the Ear Trumpet icon to the part where the sound mixer is located and then move it to the part where the rest is hidden.
Another interesting option is APO Equalizer, which offers us the possibility of customizing the audio signal generated by our PC. This is possible thanks to the wide number of functions that it makes available to us. The tool works as an audio processing object, which is known by the name of APO. This is something that we must take into account before starting to use it, because if our PC has another sound system, such as ASIO, the program will not work.
The application stands out for having support for surround sound. Likewise, it uses multiple channels and filters to be able to customize the sound, as well as the possibility of creating several profiles, which we can configure independently to be used in different circumstances. We can download the application for free from this link.