Volume sliders in Windows 10 and 11 aren’t the easiest controls, which is why many users resort to third-party apps, e.g. Air Troop (We mentioned this in our recent “Top 11 Apps for Windows 11 Users” article). However, Microsoft is going to give AirTrumpet a run for its money with a much improved volume mixer in Windows 11 build 25281.
The recently released Windows 11 build 25281 features a new and hidden volume mixer that finally lets you change the volume for specific apps, switch between output devices, and enable additional features, such as native Audio. Of course, you still need an extra click to access the new volume slider, but at least Windows 11 no longer requires you to dive into the Settings app or use the Game Bar to just play an app a little louder. can be run
It’s worth noting that Microsoft has yet to announce a new volume mixer, so it needs to have an incognito ID enabled using the ViveTool app to work (credits go to @Inside Raphael). Tinkering with the operating system using third-party software is always risky, so back up important data before proceeding. Interestingly, users may soon ditch ViveTool as Microsoft reportedly works on a new Settings section to manage experimental features.
How to Enable the New Volume Mixer in Windows 11 Build 25281
- Download ViveTool. From GitHub And unzip the files into a convenient and easily searchable folder.
- press Win + X and select terminal (admin).
- Switch to a Windows terminal with a command prompt profile. Ctrl+Shift+2 Shortcut or by clicking the arrow button at the top of the window.
- Go to the folder containing the ViveTool files with CD command. For example, if you placed ViveTool in C:\Vive, type CD C:\Vive.
- Kind of vivetool /enable /id:42106010 And press enter.
- Restart your computer.
- Click the volume indicator and press the button next to the slider to open a new mixer.
If you change your mind and want to restore the original volume controls, repeat and reverse the steps above. /active with /unfunctional In the command at step 5.
On a side note, those new to Windows 11 may find it convenient to adjust the volume indicator with the scroll wheel while hovering the cursor over the volume indicator. This is one of the many neat features Microsoft is adding to Windows 11 in 2022.
What do you think of the new Volume Mixer in Windows 11? Is it enough for you to eliminate apps like EarTrumpet? Let us know in the comments.