How to Adjust the Volume on the Internal Speakers of a Laptop

Written by irene a. blake
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Although laptop users can hook up external speakers, situations occur in which external speaker use isn't an viable option. For example, while moving from room to room in a home/office or during travel. In such cases, a laptop's internal speakers provide the sound output for the laptop. Adjusting the volume on the internal speakers isn't difficult. Whether you have a PC or Mac, you can use the operating system device settings or laptop hardware to adjust speaker volume up or down or to turn it off completely.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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    Turn on your laptop and wait for the Microsoft Windows desktop to appear.

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    Access your laptop speaker volume settings using one of the following:

    Speaker icon: double-click the "Volume Control" (XP) or "Volume Mixer" (Vista/Microsoft 7) icon (speaker graphic) on the system tray on the task bar. You can also right click the icon and choose "Open Volume Control" (XP) or "Open Volume Mixer" (Vista/Microsoft 7). Control Panel: click the "Start" or "Start" icon button and select the "Control Panel." In XP, choose "Sounds, Speech and Audio Devices." Select "Sounds and Audio Devices" and then click the "Advanced..." button in the "Device Volume" section or the "Speaker Volume..." button in the "Speaker Settings" section under the "Audio" tab. In Vista, click the "Hardware and Sound" link. Select "Audio Devices and Sound" and then choose "Adjust System Volume." In Windows 7, click on "Mobile PC" and then select "Windows Mobility Center." Keyboard or laptop speaker buttons: look for speaker icons with up and down/right or left arrows (maximum and minimum volume) on your laptop keys or speaker buttons on the laptop.

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    Push the "Volume" control slider up or down to adjust the volume in the "Volume Control" or "Volume Mixer" window. Mute all volume by clicking in the box to the left of "Mute all" (XP) or clicking the "Mute" button (Vista/Windows 7). If using your keyboard to adjust the volume, push the buttons or use in combination with the "Function" key depending on your laptop model.


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    Turn on your Mac laptop and wait for the Mac OS desktop to appear.

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    Go to the apple icon to access the "Apple Menu" (top left corner) and choose "System Preferences" from the menu list. You can also access the "System Preferences" area by clicking the "System Preferences" icon on the "Dock" (bottom of screen)---a square icon with gears inside of it.

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    Click the "Sound" icon (speaker image) in the "Hardware" section.

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    Adjust the speaker volume by moving the down arrow slider next to the "Output volume" on the horizontal line to the left or right---minimum and maximum volume respectively. Mute the volume the volume by clicking in the box to the left of "Mute."

Tips and warnings

  • If you're using Windows 98 or XP, you can also access the "Volume Control" settings through the "Accessories Menu." Click the "Start" button in XP, select "Accessories" under "All Programs," choose "Entertainment" and click on "Volume Control."
  • If you can't adjust your speaker settings or one of your speakers has no sound, reload the speaker drivers. If that doesn't work, it may be a hardware issue---take your laptop to a certified technician for repair.

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