How to Get More Volume Out of PC Speakers

by Steve Gregory
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Setting the speaker volume on your computer to its highest level using the physical volume control keys on the keyboard or the speakers may not always get the maximum possible volume from your speakers. If you want to get the most out of your computer's speakers, you need to maximize the volume in Windows' built-in sound management utilities. Use the Sound and Volume Mixer utilities to increase the PC's volume level.

Volume Mixer Utility

Step 1

Place your cursor at the bottom left corner of the computer's screen.

Step 2

Right-click when the Start thumbnail appears and click "Control Panel" from the pop-up list of items.

Step 3

Click "Hardware and Sound" to open the Hardware and Sound window.

Step 4

Click "Adjust System Volume" in the Sound section to open the Volume Mixer window. The Volume Mixer window has the volume controls for the system speakers, applications and system sounds in separate boxes.

Click the "Volume" slider in the Device box and drag it to the top of the Volume bar to automatically maximize the volume in all of the boxes.

Sound Utility

Step 1

Move your cursor to the bottom right corner of the desktop and click "Search."

Step 2

Enter "Manage Audio Devices" in the search bar and click "Settings."

Step 3

Click "Manage Audio Devices" from the results list to open the Sound window.

Step 4

Click the "Playback" tab if it isn't already open.

Step 5

Double-click "Speakers" to open the Speakers Properties window and click the "Levels" tab.

Click the "Volume" slider and drag it all the way to the right to maximize the volume.


  • Information in this article applies to Windows 8. Instructions may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.


  • Some applications – such as Windows Media Player – have built-in volume controls. Increase the volume in the application to maximize the volume from the computer's speakers.


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About the Author

An avid technology enthusiast, Steve Gregory has been writing professionally since 2002. With more than 10 years of experience as a network administrator, Gregory holds an Information Management certificate from the University of Maryland and is pursuing MCSE certification. His work has appeared in numerous online publications, including Chron and GlobalPost.

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