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Easy Steps to A Quick Volume Control Article

Easy Steps to Quickly Adjust Windows 7 Volume Control
by Brad Dunse

So you’ve got Windows 7, a keyboard without a master volume control, a button that isn’t too handy, or a laptop with some obscure function key; and you’re fed up with hunting down the Sound applet in a panic just to mute, turn up, or turn down your music before and after the phone rings.

What if you never had to go through all that search box typing, tabbing, clicking, and other nonsense just to make your adjustments, but rather one hot key combo that let’s you arrow up or down as needed?

Well here’s your answer.

Windows 7 Volume Control Keyboard Shortcut

1. Right click on an empty area on the desktop. You can do this by moving your screen readers mouse navigation cursor, basically your mouse pointer, between icons and right click.

2. Arrow up or down until you hear “New,” right arrow, and press enter on “Shortcut”.

3. In the location area, paste the following::

windir\System32\SndVol.exe -f 49825268

4. Tab to the “next” button and press enter

5. In the name area, highlight the text that is there and type in “Volume,” or whatever you want to name your shortcut.

6. Tab to the Finish button and press the enter key.

This will put an icon on your desktop.

Now, to assign a shortcut key to the desktop icon, do the following.

1. Focus on the newly named volume icon.

2. Press ALT+Enter to pull up the icon’s properties window

3. Tab to the shortcut area and press something like CTRL Shift V, or whatever hot key you want for the icon to be activated.

4. Tab to the OK button, and that’s it!

If you want to not hear the ding-ding-ding sound when adjusting, you can set your Windows default sound to none by:

1. Go to Sound in your control panel or type sound in the search box and arrow to it.

2. Go to the sounds tab.

3. Tab until you find the list of events which sounds are assigned, and fine Windows default.

4. Tab again until you get to the sound assigned to Windows default, then press the home key, or arrow to “none” at the top of the list.

5. Tab to OK and hit enter. Wala!

Note: Assigning no sound to the Windows default is system wide, but generally it is a non-important sound notification.

Now, when you want to adjust your music, simply press CTRL Shift V, or whatever key combo you assigned it, it will pop up right on the slider ready for you to make adjustments. Use the up and down arrows, Page Up and Page Down, or your End and Home keys to make your adjustments.

Just press Escape to close it.

The above will also adjust your screen reader if it is also assigned to your computers sound card or head phones. You can always consult your screen reader’s adjustments or help files to assign it to a different device such as a headphone or second sound card, that way you can adjust your music coming from your speakers and not your screen reader in your headphones.

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