To be honest, Windows 10's volume controls aren't that special. You can set the volume for the default speakers you're listening to, you can change your default speakers (from your monitor's crappy built-in speakers to your awesome headphones, for example), and... that's it.
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Among the many portable gadgets that the smartphone has killed off -- digital camera, PDA, sat nav -- is the MP3 player. Phones are now very competent jukeboxes with some great apps, but are you putting up with an average-quality listening experience when you don't need to? Here are four ways to change that.
We've seen little DIY volume knobs before, and they're a handy way to add means to finely adjust the volume on your computer. Instructables user Trochilidesign's made their own, and it's pretty futuristic looking.
Android: Google has improved Android's handling of volume controls, but it's still a hassle to change volumes every time you change apps. App Volume Control lets you change volumes based on which app you're in.
Mac: A Mac's startup sound volume is tied to the internal speakers output volume. It's easy enough to mute it completely, but considering that tone is a troubleshooting feature, it's usually best to leave it on. Regardless, if you have speakers plugged in, that tone seems to do whatever it wants. Here's how to fix that.
Android: I've been known to just set my phone to vibrate because I don't want the ringer going off in a silent room, and then I wind up missing a call if the phone is on my desk and I'm watching a movie. RingDimmer for Android is a new app that uses your phone's microphone to automatically detect the noise level where you are, and sets the ringer appropriately so you never miss a call.
Android: One of the complaints I hear from people who switch from the BlackBerry to Android is that they miss the ability to customise "profiles" of system sounds they can switch between based on where they are or whether they want to be disturbed. Volume Rocker for Android is a utility that has those profiles and lets you tweak them so they're just right for you.
Windows only: Freeware application VolumeTouch controls your system volume through your mouse's scroll wheel and customizable keyboard shortcuts. VolumeTouch may appear very similar to previously mentioned Volumouse, and it is, but a few features set it apart in the pros column. Most notably, VolumeTouch adds a great live-preview volume meter that displays your volume level in meter or percentage form as you change it. On the flip side, it's not quite as robust on features as Volumouse, so if you use Volumouse for more than basic system volume control, it may not be for you. Whichever you prefer, both apps are great for adding more control and quicker access to your system volume. VolumeTouch is freeware, Windows only. VolumeTouch