How to Turn Sound on the Computer for Windows

by Diana Braun

Computers running the Windows operating system feature a built-in sound control program. Use this program, called Sound Mixer, to turn on or adjust the level of sound from programs and websites on either internal or external speakers attached to your computer. Depending on your computer, there may also be an external volume control on your keyboard to turn sound on and adjust the volume level.

Step 1

Click the "Speaker" icon in the lower-right notification area of the taskbar. The Sound Mixer launches.

Step 2

Click the "Speaker" button on the Sound Mixer if the sound is muted. A red circle with a line through it appears inside the button if the sound is muted.

Move the slider up to increase the volume and down to decrease the sound.


  • Check the external volume control on your computer if you don't hear any sound after adjusting the Sound Mixer. The volume control is often located next to the headphone jack on the keyboard.


About the Author

Diana Braun began her writing career as a consultant and technical writer for a software company focusing on how-to, training, white paper, and internal process documentation. After two years, Braun left to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams. Since then, she has launched several startups including a t-shirt business, an online marketing and advertising t-shirt distribution business, and an entertainment site. She currently resides in South Florida.

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