Play audio from Windows 11
December 23, 2022
Microsoft’s operating system will allow us to choose which sound input and output devices are used by each application individually. In this way, we can have a program reproduce audio through the speakers, while another one does it through headphones. We must be very clear from the beginning about the configuration we want to use, otherwise, we will go crazy trying to figure out why the sound is not being reproduced by any of the different outputs that the computer has, whether headphones connected through the jack or connected to a USB port, monitor or TV speakers, Bluetooth headphones.
Sometimes, instead of setting a different output for each of the applications that we use in our computer, it is advisable to select at any time, manually, which is the audio output that we want to use to avoid wasting time looking for the reason why they are not heard. This can be done directly from the taskbar, without having to enter the Windows configuration options, since we only must click on the volume icon, and then click on the up arrow to display all the audio outputs connected and available at that moment.
- First, open the Windows Settings application and select “Sound” from the main “System” tab
- Open the “Sound” settings.
- Next, make sure that one of the two devices is currently selected in the “Choose where to play sound” section.
- Select the first audio device
- Scroll down and select “More sound settings”. This will open a pop-up window.
- Select “More Sound Settings”.
- Switch to the “Recording” tab and right click anywhere to select “Show Disabled Devices” from the menu
- Select “Show Disabled Devices“.
- Look for “Stereo Mix” in the list of recording devices. If you do not see it, your PC does not support this feature. Right-click and select “Set as default device”.
Assigning an audio output per program
To perform this task, the first thing we are going to do is to enter the “Sound” section of the “Configuration”. For it we have two easy ways to do it. On the one hand, we press the keyboard shortcut “Windows + I” and the “Configuration” menu will appear. Here, we click on “System” and in the following window we select “Sound” in the left column. We can also right-click on the speaker icon in the system tray and select “Open Sound Settings”.
Then we scroll to the bottom of the screen and go to the “Advanced Sound Options”. Here we click on “Device preferences and application volume”. Then a window will appear where we can change the volume of any sound and change the volume of certain devices. At the top, we can choose our input and output devices, as well as the default sound of the whole system.
Next, we will have the option to change the sound level of each program.
We can also configure the input and output device for each application we are currently using. When we configure the volume level, it will be set as a percentage of the volume level we set as default. As we said, the application volume level is set as a percentage of the total volume. For example, if we set the volume to 10 and Firefox to 100, the Mozilla browser will play at a volume of 10. If we set the volume to 10 and Firefox to 50, the browser will play at a volume of 5. . they want it when it is in the list, it is because we do not have it running, so we must start and start making noise about it.