Display the volume control icon in the taskbar

If you’re listening to music on your computer, and you want a quick way to turn the volume up or down, you can create a shortcut icon for your volume control and put it in the taskbar. That way it’s always right at your fingertips. Otherwise, you’ll need to go into the Sounds and Audio Devices category in your Control Panel whenever you want to adjust the volume.

To add the volume control icon to your taskbar


Click Start, and then click Control Panel.

The Start menu with Control Panel selected


Click Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices.

The Control Panel with Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices selected


Under Pick a task, click Change the speaker settings.

The Pick a Task page with Change the speaker settings selected


In the Sounds and Audio Devices Properties box, click the Volume tab, and select the Place volume icon in the taskbar check box. Then, click OK.

The Sounds and Audio Devices Properties page with the OK button selected

Now when you want to adjust the volume, you can just click the speaker icon in the taskbar and move the slider.

The Volume Control slider

Note: You might need to click on the left-facing arrow button (<) on the taskbar to display the audio icon.

To learn how to organize this section of your taskbar, read Organize your notification area.


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