When Windows Vista was introduced to the market a little less than two and a half years ago, new sound control features were added. They went generally unnoticed by the masses while ussually staring people right in their face.Ã‚Â Have you changed the volume on Windows? You normally go to the system tray and click on the little speaker so you can move the sound dial up or down. It even tells you visually and numerically on a scale what the volume is.
So, it’s time for a hypothetical situation. Ready? Let’s say you have your favorite instant messenger open while your favorite music player is blasting out your favorite songs. Following so far? Well, you turn the volume up via Windows and suddenly someone IMs you and you get bonged by beeps and dings. You could turn those off but then you loose the ability to know when you got a message. How about something better? Why not turn the volume of a specific application down?
You can do that with Windows Vista and Windows 7. Open up the Windows volume icon like normal down in the system tray. Click on the word, Mixer. What opens is your new application specific volume control. You change the volume of an app by using it’s own specific slider. If you raise an app’s volume, the global volume will rise too, notice the horizontal line going through all of the app’s sliders? That’s the current global volume level. If you lower an app’s volume, it’ll simply get queiter while everything else remains the same.
I turn VLC up and I turn Pidgin down. Whenever someone send me a message while I’m not focusing on their window, it alerts me and that is a good thing. But sometimes it’s pretty loud when the music’s turned up!
Notes: This is for Windows Vista and 7. Also, the application in question must first make a sound before it registered within in the sound mixer panel.