Microsoft is currently testing a redesigned volume mixer in Windows 11 that allows users to control the volume of individual apps and change audio output directly from the Quick Settings flyout.
New volume mixer in Windows 11 allows quick control of the volume of individual apps and more
Starting on Windows 11 build 23493, Microsoft is testing a new volume mixer for Windows 11 that is accessible from Quick Settings. This new volume mixer allows you to control the volume of individual apps, switch audio outputs, and toggle spatial audio.
When users open the Quick Settings flyout, they will notice a new icon to access the modern volume mixer experience next to the volume slider. The page includes a view of all the output devices available on the computer that you can choose from.
The redesigned volume mixer is a significant improvement over the classic Volume Mixer. It is more compact and takes up less space in the Quick Settings flyout, easier to see which apps are currently playing audio, easier to identify the volume slider for each app, and the volume slider is more responsive and easier to drag.
Here are some of the key features of the redesigned volume mixer:
- Individual app volume control: You can now control the volume of individual apps, rather than just the overall system volume. This is useful if you want to adjust the volume of a specific app without affecting the volume of other apps.
- Audio output switching: You can now easily switch between different audio outputs, such as your speakers, headphones, or Bluetooth devices.
- Spatial sound: You can now enable spatial sound for supported apps. This will give you a more immersive audio experience.
- Classic Volume Mixer: The classic Volume Mixer is still available if you prefer to use it. You can access it by clicking on the “Classic Volume Mixer” button in the redesigned volume mixer.
Microsoft also added a new keyboard shortcut (WIN + CTRL + V) to bring users directly to the volume mixer for faster control of the experience.
The new volume mixer is still under development and it is unclear when the new experience will arrive to users, but the company is expected to roll out the changes later this year.