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How to choose speakers for audio output in Windows 11

If you use multiple speakers, different speakers, and headphones on your computer or laptop, you periodically have to switch between them to output sound to a specific speaker. Of course, you can remove the speaker and reconnect it to your PC, and then it will automatically default to the default speaker and play sound, but this method isn’t convenient.

Many people may find it useful to be able to separately set the volume level for different players, browsers, system sounds, etc. Moreover, now you can output sound to different devices at the same time. For example, the sound from a video player can be output to a TV set or monitor via HDMI (if you have a monitor connected to your notebook, for example).

At the same time, you can watch videos in the browser, or listen to music through wired or Bluetooth headphones. And system sounds or music from another app can be output to the built-in speakers or speakers connected to the computer.

Well, here’s how to choose speakers for audio output in Windows 11.

How to select an audio output device in the taskbar on Windows 11

If you want to select an audio output device in the taskbar on Windows 11, you have to follow these steps:

  • First of all, click on the sound icon on the taskbar.
  • After that, click on the arrow next to volume.
  • Next you will see a list of connected speakers that you can select as the sound output.
  • Finally, just choose your audio output to which the speakers are connected.

Once you have completed these steps, you will be able to select an audio output device using the taskbar on Windows 11.

How to select an audio output device in the Windows 11 settings

If you want to select an audio output device using the Windows 11 settings, you have to follow these steps:

  • First of all, click on the sound icon on the taskbar.
  • Then, click on the “Settings” icon (gear) at the bottom right corner of the popup windows.
  • After that, go to the “System” section and select “Sound”.
  • In the upper section labeled “Output”, find the menu labeled “Choose where to play a sound” and click on it once to expand, if necessary.
  • Below you will see a list of all audio output devices detected by Windows 11.
  • Finally, click on the circle button next to the device that you want to select as an audio output.

Once you have completed these steps, you will be able to choose an audio output device using the Windows 11 settings.

That’s all you have to know about how to select speakers for audio output in Windows 11.

How to check the display of the system volume icon

When you’re watching some video and try to increase the sound through the Windows taskbar, you may find that the volume icon is missing. Here’s how you can check if it’s turned on at all:

  • Open the “Settings” menu and go to the “Personalization” section.
  • Then, in the “Taskbar”, you need the two items “Displayed icons in the taskbar” and “Enable and disable system icons”.
  • The first thing to do is to go to the bottom parameter “enable and disable system icons”.
  • Find the system icon “Volume” and turn it on if it’s off.
  • Go one step back and enter the “Displayed icons in taskbar” parameter, where you enable the display of the “Volume” icon in the taskbar area if it’s turned off.

Playback and volume settings for apps in Windows 10

In the settings, under “Sound” click on “Device and app volume settings” and go to the window with advanced settings. First, there are the normal default settings for general volume and audio output, and input devices.

Below you will see a list of apps for which you can change the sound settings. The apps that are playing or recording sound (currently) are displayed there. For each app, you can change the volume, select a separate sound output device (speakers, headphones), or input device (microphones).

If the program you want to use isn’t on the list, turn on audio playback in it. Close the options and open them again. Alternatively, close and re-launch the program. Browsers, for example, don’t appear in the list. However, if you enable video, or music in the browser, it will become available for customization.

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