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Efficiently Accessing Windows Sound Settings: Multiple Methods & a Handy Shortcut


Adjusting the sound settings on a Windows computer can often involve navigating through various menus. To simplify this process, I want to share not only a quick command trick but also other methods to access these settings efficiently. Plus, I’ll show you a neat trick I use: creating a desktop shortcut for even quicker access!

Last Updated, 6 months ago by Hamad Al Qassar

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1. Using the “mmsys.cpl” Command

This method is quick and straightforward:

  1. Press Windows Key + R to open the Run dialog box.
  2. Type in mmsys.cpl and press Enter.
  3. The Sound settings window will open instantly.

2. Through Control Panel

Another traditional way is via the Control Panel:

  1. Open the Control Panel from your Start menu.
  2. Select ‘Hardware and Sound’.
  3. Click on ‘Sound’ to open the sound settings.

3. Via Windows Settings

You can also access sound settings through the modern Windows Settings interface:

  1. Press Windows Key + I to open Settings.
  2. Go to ‘System’ and then ‘Sound’.
  3. Here, you can customize your audio settings.

Creating a Desktop Shortcut

To make things even easier, I created a desktop shortcut to the Sound settings. Here’s how you can do it too:

  1. Right-click on your desktop and select ‘New’ > ‘Shortcut’.
  2. In the location field, type mmsys.cpl.
  3. Name your shortcut (e.g., ‘Sound Settings’) and click ‘Finish’.
  4. Now, you can access your sound settings directly from your desktop!

Whether you prefer the quickness of the “mmsys.cpl” command, the traditional Control Panel route, the modern Settings menu, or even a desktop shortcut, these methods will make managing your sound settings easier and more efficient.

Embrace these tips to enhance your Windows experience!

By Hamad Al Qassar

an audio games developer (using Python)
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