When you are running many applications in Windows, there are times when more than one of them start playing the sound. For example, your web browser could start playing the sound from an open website while you are watching a video in the media player. Another situation that I personally have across many times is when I am listening to online radio stations using TapinRadio and some website starts to play a video in the web browser. When this happens, Windows plays the sound from all these sources which ends up being an unpleasant noise. And if you are using an application like Skype then the sound being played could cause an infinite loopback problem.
Fortunately, Windows 10 makes it very easy for you to pick just one sound source to be played through the headphones or speakers. Using the volume mixer in Windows 10, you can select which sources of sound should reach the speakers and which of them should not be allowed. Here is how:
- Right-click on the speaker icon in the notification area.
- Choose Open Volume Mixer from the right-click menu.
- In the Volume Mixer, use the horizontal scrollbar to find the applications that you don’t want to listen any sound from and click on the small speaker icons underneath them.
- You can also adjust the volume level of each of these applications separately.
This will instantly stop the sound from being played for those applications. These settings will be valid not only for the current session of Windows but also for all the future sessions. If anytime later, you want to enable the sound of those applications and want to be able to listen to their sounds, then you will have to follow the exact same steps and enable the sound by clicking on their respective speaker icons.