Unlike Windows 10, Windows 11 does not have a full-fledged volume mixer on the taskbar. To access the volume mixer, you need to right click on the volume icon and go to the Settings app where you will find the options to change the volume for certain apps or games.
Luckily a third party app’ear trumpet‘ is a very useful app for Windows 11. It brings the original volume mixer back to the taskbar and gives you more control over all the apps that play audio on your computer. EarTrumpet allows you to control the audio levels of all running apps.
EarTrumpet was recently updated for Windows 11 and is now even faster. According to the release notes, EarTrumpet will not tax your memory and will also run better on low-end hardware. In addition to faster performance, there are also several other bug fixes.
For example, the developer of EarTumpet has fixed an issue where the context menu on Windows 11 would not work when ShyTaskbar (codename for small taskbar) is enabled.
The update also fixes an animation issue where the ‘flyout’ fly effect did not respect system or theme settings on Windows 11.
Here’s the full changelog:
- Windows 10: Fixed flyout display with light mode enabled.
- Fixed animation not respecting correct system settings.
- GIF library updated to reduce memory usage.
- Reduced use of the acrylic delay temporary solution.
About EarTrumpet for Windows 11
For those who don’t know, EarTrumpet is a powerful replacement for volume mixer on Windows 11 and Windows 10. This open-source handy app lets you change the sound levels of various running apps. For example, if you are gaming, you can play music in the background and adjust the game audio level to listen to music at the same time.
To get started, here’s a step-by-step guide to running the app:
- Go to the Microsoft Store and search for ‘EarTrumpet’. Install it and open the app.
- When you’re done, you’ll find the app’s sound icon in the system tray. You have to drag and drop the icon outside the system tray.
- Click on the sound icon and you can now control the volume levels of all running apps.
You can also mouse over the sound icon to see the percentage of your volume, similar to the original sound icon. Likewise, you can access the advanced features by right clicking on the volume icons.
As you can see in the screenshots above, EarTrumpet is an easy way to change your audio and sound quality. It’s one of those features that should have been built into the operating system.
It’s worth noting that Microsoft was working on a modern volume mixer for Windows, but the feature was canceled well before the release of Windows 11.