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  1.    19 Jul 2017 #1
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    How to mute audio with one click on the Desktop


    I'm tired of these AV's starting up by themselves on my Browser. The sound is usually loud, unexpected and an intrusion on tranquility. Does anyone have a solution on how to very quickly mute the sound without having to open the audio app? Thank you!!
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  2.    19 Jul 2017 #2
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    I don't know about others but I got a nice moderately costly Microsoft multimedia keyboard with volume/mute keys, about as quick as anything. My MacBook Pro has similar keys.
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  3.    19 Jul 2017 #3
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    Good suggestion but I should have mentioned that I'm using a laptop - keyboard built in.
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  4.    19 Jul 2017 #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by Berton View Post
    I don't know about others but I got a nice moderately costly Microsoft multimedia keyboard with volume/mute keys, about as quick as anything. My MacBook Pro has similar keys.
    Same here.

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  5.    19 Jul 2017 #5
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    Notebooks/Laptops and larger Tablets usually have keys to do it. The downside to a shortcut on the desktop usually requires a double click. Using the Volume icon on the Notification Area a click/double-click to open then a click to adjust.
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  6.    19 Jul 2017 #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by Berton View Post
    Notebooks/Laptops and larger Tablets usually have keys to do it. The downside to a shortcut on the desktop usually requires a double click. Using the Volume icon on the Notification Area a click/double-click to open then a click to adjust.
    Yep! Left click Icon, click the little speaker.

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  7.    19 Jul 2017 #7
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    I'm sure there's a way to place a shortcut on the desktop to accomplish this.
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  8.    19 Jul 2017 #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nisko View Post
    I'm sure there's a way to place a shortcut on the desktop to accomplish this.
    There is, but requires a teeny 3rd party app. Nircmd from Nirsoft. You would create a shortcut on the desktop with this as the target: nircmd.exe mutesysvolume 1

    To un-mute:nircmd.exe mutesysvolume 0

    http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/nircmd.html
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  9.    19 Jul 2017 #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nisko View Post
    Good suggestion but I should have mentioned that I'm using a laptop - keyboard built in.
    My Toshiba laptop has a Fn key. When pressed, the ESC key acts as a speaker mute switch. Most of the top row of keys have a second function with the Fn key, F6/F7 are the brightness down/up controls and F8 turns the WiFi off, for example. Does your Dell Workstation M6800M6800 not have some something similar?

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  10.    19 Jul 2017 #10
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    My Dell Workstation doesn't seem to have that function.

    As for NirSoft, how do I make a shortcut on the Desktop? Is it the same shortcut I would make to a URL - or do I have to add "run" to the command?
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