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How to Mute and Unmute Sound Volume in Windows 10

The default audio playback device is the device that Windows uses to output (play) sound. When you connect speakers, headphones, Bluetooth headset, or other audio devices to your PC, you can select which device you want to use by default.

While you can adjust the volume level of individual devices and apps, sometimes you may just want to mute and unmute the volume as needed without affecting the set volume level.

This tutorial will show you different ways on how to mute and unmute the system volume or sound volume of individual devices and apps in Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable Bluetooth Absolute Volume in Windows 10

Absolute Volume is a feature released starting with the Windows 10 April 2018 update version 1803. This feature allows the Windows volume slider to precisely control the local volume of compatible Bluetooth speakers or headphones connected to the computer.

However, Absolute Volume may sometimes prevent you from separately changing a Bluetooth device’s dual volume control for the left and right volume levels.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Bluetooth Absolute Volume for all users in Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable chrome.exe Volume Control and Hardware Media Key Handling in Google Chrome

Starting in Google Chrome 75, you can enable or disable the Hardware Media Key Handling flag for using media keys on your keyboard to control the active media session.

For example, if you press the Volume Up, Volume Down, or Mute media keys on your keyboard, you will see chrome.exe media controls (Reverse, Play/Pause, Forward) next to the volume control on your desktop that you can use to control the active media session in Google Chrome.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the chrome.exe Hardware Media Key Handling and volume control feature in Google Chrome for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Turn On or Off Lower Volume of Other Apps when Narrator is Speaking in Windows 10

Narrator is a screen-reading app built into Windows 10.

Narrator lets you use your PC without a display or mouse to complete common tasks if you’re blind or have low vision. It reads and interacts with things on the screen, like text and buttons. Use Narrator to read and write email, browse the internet, and work with documents.

Specific commands let you navigate Windows, the web, and apps, as well as get info about the area of the PC you’re in. Navigation is available using headings, links, landmarks, and more. You can read text (including punctuation) by page, paragraph, line, word, and character as well as determine characteristics like font and text color. Efficiently review tables with row and column navigation.

Narrator also has a navigation and reading mode called Scan Mode. Use it to get around Windows 10 using just the up and down arrows on your keyboard. You can also use a braille display to navigate your PC and read text.

You can personalize Narrator’s voice to adjust the speaking rate, pitch, and volume as well as install some third-party text-to-speech voices.

By default, the audio volume from other apps is automatically lowered so you can hear Narrator better when it’s speaking.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off to automatically lower the volume of other apps when Narrator is speaking for your account in Windows 10.

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